Alternative Methods For Managing ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder – commonly known as ADHD – is one of the most frequently diagnosed mental disorders in children from the ages of 4-17.  It is a condition that makes it difficult to concentrate on individual tasks, makes a person become very easily bored and frustrated, and often causes impulsive behavior.  People with ADHD have a hard time with time management, organizational skills, and often find it hard to secure and maintain employment.  ADHD also affects peoples relationships and self-esteem, and makes those who have it more susceptible to addictions and addictive behavior.

ADHD makes it very difficult for a person to function normally in school and at home – and it is more common than you think.  A research study conducted in March of 2013 in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that up to 7.5% of school-aged children have some form of ADHD.  That is nearly one in thirteen people – or one affected person in every third American household.

Traditional ADHD treatment usually requires a powerful stimulant, the most common of which are drugs from the family of amphetamines, drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall, which by the way are also in demand as “street drugs.”  Many people are understandably concerned about the use of these potentially dangerous drugs, especially when it comes to children.  No one wants to medicate their child if at all possible – and in many cases, the added energy and stimulation that comes from drugs like Adderall and Dexedrine cause different, worse problems in children.

There are several non-drug ADHD treatments that have emerged within the last year, and among them, the most prominent and safe is called neurofeedback treatment.  Using electroencephalography (also known as EEG) to record electrical activity within the brain, people can learn to become aware of their physiological responses to ADHD and exercise better control over their frontal lobe – which is the center of executive functioning in the brain.

Many who have ADHD will tell you that they think differently and it is true that their brains are “wired differently.” People with ADHD tend to have different EEG patterns than those without the disorder, so neurofeedback can help a therapist teach a patient to control their brain activity, usually through a video game.  Best of all, neurofeedback was approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics in November 12 as a Level 1 or best support treatment option for children.

Research has proven that Neurofeedback Therapy is just as effective as a regimen of 30 milligrams of Ritalin (methylphenidate) – a psychostimulant drug – per day.  After the treatment regimen is finished (usually between five and twenty total hours of therapy) there are no drugs to take – only relief from this frustrating and sometimes debilitating mental disorder. And the best part is there are NO side effects with Neurofeedback.