ADHD/ADD (attentional dysregulation)
To be able to sit still, pay attention, and occasionally control one’s impulses can be difficult for almost everybody. For just over six million children, and over three million adults in the US, these problems are so prevalent and persistent that it interferes with their home, professional, academic, and social lives.
The commonly known condition Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a growing behavioral condition for both adults and children, and has become one of the main targets of modern health care.
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There are currently 2 mainstream approaches to dealing with ADHD, behavioral therapy or medication. Behavioral therapy is minimally effective and medication has supplied some results, but too often at a high price. The effects of ingesting a psychostimulant, is that by nature of being chemical, has other side effects such as dependency, as well as physiological arousal on the body, which can have lasting consequences, especially for childrens' developing bodies.
How neurofeedback helps the brain perform better
The application of Neurofeedback technology offers an evidence-based and clinically tested opportunity to bring relief from ADHD. By working at the level of regulating electrical activity of the brain, neurofeedback allows it to function more efficiently and shift its activity towards better focus, impulse control, reduction of restlessness, etc..
Neurofeedback technology allows identification of performance markers of ADHD
EEG (electroencephalography) is the measure of brain waves that different regions and states of the brain emit. When it comes to ADHD, there is a classical signature of electrical activity that is associated with the condition, referred to as the “theta/beta ratio”. This FDA approved marker for the diagnosis of ADHD, and neurofeedback has been clinically shown to be effective in influencing this brain activity towards a range that corresponds to improved function.
One of the foundational and earliest discovered brain wave patterns that plays a significant role in general brain performance is known as the Sensorimotor rhythm (SMR). SMR is a specific brain wave frequency/speed (Hertz/Hz), that has been researched extensively in the application of neurofeedback. This frequency of 12-15Hz has been shown to be the most effective frequency band to train individuals with cognitive symptoms associated with ADHD.