Powerful balancing mechanisms in your brain constantly work to maintain the right of amount 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.
Types of ADHD/ADD
In our experience, we mostly see four types of ADD/ADHD: where the brainwaves at the front of the brain are too slow, too fast or the back of the brain is too fast and top of the brain is too slow
It is also possible to have a combination of these types. In certain cases, medication can work very well. But, 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.
When electrical imbalance occurs, it’s not a conscious choice and it’s not because people are lazy or not trying hard enough it is because because their brain is producing too little or too much electricity.
Neurofeedback for ADHD
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. We use neurofeedback brain training to stimulate and speed up your brain, which makes you more awake, alert and focused.
The brain pictures below, created by EEG technology, show imbalances. Orange and red indicate too much electricity. The darker blues show too little electricity. The colors in between: the greens, yellows, light blues, are within a statistically normal average, which usually does not cause symptoms. When you see 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.
A 14-year-old child with ADHD struggled in school. He had sleep issues, allergies, depression, problems with skin and difficulty staying awake during the day. His brain map assessment showed too many slow delta brain waves. While he made 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. 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
More sleep and energy
Able to complete more projects
Increased confidence and improved social skills
Lasting ResultsWould you like to improve your ability to learn and be more successful?
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