ADD, ADHD and Brainwave Training

March 21, 2009 by  
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There’s strong evidence that brainwave training can remedy both adult and childhood ADD and ADHD.

What is adult and child ADHD?
Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects the brain and causes difficulty in focusing and concentrating. The disorder is most commonly associated with children, but today more and more adults are being diagnosed with the disease. It is estimated that 8 million adults in the United States alone have ADHD.

How do I know if I have ADHD?
Adults with ADHD tend to be inefficient, easily distracted, impulsive, emotional, display low self-esteem and worry about being judged.

How may ADHD affect my life?
ADHD affects all aspects of life. Adults who have ADHD are more likely to be divorced, unemployed, change jobs frequently and also to abuse drugs, smoke cigarettes and have more driving accidents.

In a special report by Rita Baron-Faust published by CNN, it was revealed that one increasingly popular solution to both ADD and ADHD for both children and adults is neurofeedback. The goal is to reduce theta waves and increase beta waves, thus increasing the individual’s attentiveness.

Dr. Joel Lubar, a psychologist at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville who originated neurofeedback treatment for ADHDand ADD  in the 1970s, says neurofeedback can produce some of the same brainwave changes as drugs used to treat these disorders.

In a 1998 study published in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, researchers in Ontario, Canada taught ADHD patients biofeedback and learning strategies. They found a significant improvement in symptoms such as impulsiveness and inattention after 40 EEG biofeedback sessions, as well as a change in the ratio of beta to theta waves.

Biofeedback can not only help a person use brainwaves they don’t usually employ, but it may also help increase blood flow to specific parts of the brain involved with ADHD, says Lubar (and) can help these people become less dependent on stimulants like Ritalin.

More than 700 groups nationwide are using EEG biofeedback for ADD/ADHD, according to the Association for Applied Psychotherapy and Biofeedback, an organization of biofeedback practitioners.

Patients have reported a 60 to 80 percent significant improvement in symptoms, and much less need for medicine.

Ther problem is the cost of of clinical treatment. Many people are therefore turning to a popular low cost online solution — the Self Growth Planet‘s ADD and ADHD brainwave training programs.

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