Powerful balancing mechanisms in your brain constantly work to maintain the right of amount of electricity. If we develop normally, eat well and exercise, our brain is able to keep a healthy balance of electricity. This electrical balance can be thrown off, and disrupt your ability to focus by making your brain work too slow or too fast.
Brain training offers a powerful way to improve attention, concentration and focus. When slow brain waves are too strong in the frontal lobe of your brain, you can become sleepy, hyperactive impulsive and distracted–all at the same time. We can use brain training to stimulate and speed up your brain, which makes you more awake, alert and focused.
Types of ADHD/ADD
ADHD/ADD is a big label that covers many symptoms. When you boil it down, there are actually several different types of ADHD/ADD.
In my experience, I usually see four types:
- front of the brain is too slow
- front of the brain is too fast
- back of the brain is too fast
- top of the brain is too slow
You can also get a combination of types. In certain cases, medication can work very well. In other cases, medication doesn’t work or can even make symptoms worse, especially with sleep, appetite and weight. This is because ADHD medication is usually a stimulant that helps when your brain is too slow, but can backfire when your brain is too fast.
The brain tells us many things about people and why they behave the way they do. When electrical imbalance occurs, it’s not a conscious choice and it’s not because people are lazy. It’s not because they’re not trying hard enough. It’s not because they don’t have the right moral values. It’s because their brain is pushing them to do something, or pulling them back from doing something.
The brain pictures below — created by EEG technology — have problems. When we get oranges and reds, it’s too much electricity. As we get into the darker blues, that’s too little electricity. The colors in between: the greens, yellows, light blues, they’re still within a statistically normal average, which usually does not cause symptoms. But when you get big red areas or dark blue areas, then you are more likely to experience problems in brain function.
ADHD often has too much slow electricity in the front of the brain. Depression often has a lopsided amount of electricity: one side has more electricity than the other. Anxiety is usually too much fast electricity. Migraines may have too much variation in slow waves, or too little of a medium slow wave called the alpha wave.
His teachers and coaches noticed a significant improvement in his ability to focus and complete tasks. They wanted to know what had changed.
A 14-year-old child with ADHD struggled in school. He had very bad sleep, allergies, depression, problems with skin, confidence and bullying, and difficulty staying awake during the day. His brain was awash in slow delta brain waves. While this child is making every effort to listen to lectures and do his work, his brain keeps telling him to go to sleep. This is one of the most common types of ADHD I see in both children and adults, who constantly struggle against too many sleepy brain waves.
After 17 sessions of treatment we cleared up most of the red. He started getting a full night’s sleep. His allergies greatly reduced, and teachers and sport coaches saw huge changes. His grades started to rise. His skin cleared up, and he won the Most Improved Player’s award on his sports team.
See Images of Your Brain
It is very important to know what type of ADHD/ADD you are dealing with. This guides treatment planning and answers whether Neurofeedback can help, whether medication can help, or a combination of both.
I use brain maps extensively and every neurofeedback client begins with a comprehensive assessment report. You see pictures of your brain that help you clearly understand your individual electrical patterns, the highs and lows in your brainwaves, and your unique opportunities for healthier brain balance.
This brain map shows a person with too many slow waves at the very front of the frontal lobe, in the prefrontal cortex. But there are also some little spots of excess high beta wave, indicating more fast electricity on the right side of the frontal lobe. This is a type of ADHD that blends sleepiness with anxiety. This brain map is just the tip of the iceberg in a comprehensive brain map assessment report. I show you where the imbalance is and what we can do to get your brain back to balance.
A Personalized Approach
Neurofeedback provides a very customized approach. I personalize treatments for each individual client. It is an assessment-based approach using a normative database. So we do not guess — we get measurable, quantitative feedback every session so we can see real progress. Brain maps make what is normally an invisible thing visible, with simple understandable pictures.
Neurofeedback clears up slow and fast brainwave imbalances that block healthy neurological processes, freeing your brain to achieve its full potential, with lasting effects that maximize your brain power.
Brain Training Benefits
Improved memory and attention
More sleep and energy
Able to complete more projects
Increased confidence and improved social skills
You can find many neurofeedback studies by searching well known neuroscience and medical research sites, including PubMed.
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