Attention Deficit Disorder

ADD and its’ subtypes is the most common neurobehavioral disorder of childhood.

If not treated properly, difficulties continue through adult life. Our programs involve highly successful, non-medication approaches to eliminate the underlying cause of ADD.

Did You Know?

In 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics placed Neurofeedback in the top treatment tier as having “Best Support” in scientific research for treatment of ADHD without medication.


I think I have ADD!

Attention issues cannot be simply confined to the diagnosis of ADD or ADHD. Even mild attention issues can decrease productivity, harm the learning process and get in the way of daily life. Attention issues are not a laziness problem, nor are they a psychological problem – they are a brain problem. With attention issues, we clearly see decreased activation in the brain’s attention networks. Neurofeedback can be used to increase this activation and get the brain’s attention networks to work better.

  • Difficulty staying focused
  • Easily distracted
  • High activity levels
  • Overly Impulsive
  • Difficulty staying organized
  • Difficulty regulating emotions

How is it Different at Carolina HealthSpan Institute?

We use extensive functional brain imaging and other assessment tools to identify the underlying cause of your symptoms. Then we use a combination of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback to sustain attention and focus by training your brain to increase normal activity. Once the brain is balanced, all Subtypes of ADD can be corrected.  Unlike stimulant medications, Neurofeedback has NO side-effects and the changes are long-lasting if not permanent.

Stop masking symptoms with medication and eliminate the core problem using Neurofeedback!

Attention disorders such as ADD and ADHD are some of the most misunderstood issues with brain function. It is not a disease.

There are different Subtypes of ADD that require different treatment approaches. Some subtypes are not helped at all by stimulant medication…

All Subtypes of Attention Disorders are characterized by under-activation of the brain. This is especially prevalent in the lower frequencies and frontal lobes.

  • Difficulty staying focused
  • Easily distracted
  • High activity levels
  • Overly Impulsive
  • Difficulty staying organized
  • Difficulty regulating emotions
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Potential cardiac risks
  • Personality changes
  • Addiction & use of illicit drugs
  • Might not provide benefit for specific ADD Subtype
Neurofeedback helps children and adults sustain attention and focus by training their brain to increase normal activity. Once the brain is balanced, all Subtypes of ADD can be corrected. Unlike stimulant medications, Neurofeedback has NO side-effects and the changes are long-lasting if not permanent.

Let’s Get Scientific!

Extensive research shows that people with ADHD have too much slow wave activity. Balancing this activity will have a long-term positive effect on attention, impulsivity, mood, emotional and sleep issues.

Research has shown Neurofeedback treatment to be just as effective (if not more) as stimulant medication in the short term, but without the adverse side effects. Stimulant medication only treats symptoms on a daily basis, so Neurofeedback is much more effective and safe in the long run.

Selected Neurofeedback Research Articles, Summaries and Abstracts:

 

In 2009, 102 children aged 8-12 with an ADHD diagnosis were randomly assigned in two groups- one group did 36 neurofeedback sessions, the other did 36 sessions of computerized attention skills training game.

Improvements in the neurofeedback group were superior to the control group. The ratings indicated that “neurofeedback effects are substantial and of practical importance. Our results confirm findings of previous neurofeedback studies even under strict control conditions.” The researchers concluded the result “indicates clinical efficacy of neurofeedback in children with ADHD”.

Gevensleben, H., Holl, B., Albrecht, B.,Vogel, C., Schlamp, D., et al. (2009). Is neurofeedback an efficacious treatment for ADHD?: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 780–789

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In 2012, 130 children diagnosed with ADHD aged 6-18 were randomly assigned into 3 groups – one received neurofeedback, one received medication (methylphenidate), one received both neurofeedback and medication.

The researchers concluded “NF produced a significant improvement in the core symptoms of ADHD, which was equivalent to the effects produced by MPH(methylphenidate), based on parental reports. This supports the use of NF as an alternative therapy for children and adolescents with ADHD.”

Duric NS, Assmus J, Gundersen DI, ElegenIB. (2012). Neurofeedback for the treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD: A randomized and controlled clinical trial using parental reports. BMC Psychiatry, 12:107

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In 2014, 104 children were randomly assigned to receive NFB(neurofeedback), cognitive training or a control condition. They were also evaluated 6 months post-intervention.

“Neurofeedback participants made more prompt and greater improvements in ADHD symptoms, which were sustained at the 6-month follow-up, than did CT participants or those in the control group. This finding suggests that neurofeedback is a promising attention training treatment for children with ADHD.”

Naomi J. Steiner, Elizabeth C. Frenette, Kirsten M. Rene, Robert T. Brennan and Ellen C. PerrinIn-School Neurofeedback Training for ADHD: Sustained Improvements From Randomized Controlled Trial; Pediatrics

Neurofeedback is the Best Available First-Line Treatment for ADHD

In-School Neurofeedback Training for ADHD

P.S. Our ReConnect Programs are not for everyone, and you will see a Medical Doctor, specializing in Functional Medicine and Brain Enhancement before we ever determine if you are a good fit or not. Space is limited because of this high-touch, comprehensive approach. If you schedule a call from this page, your initial 1-hour appointment with one of our Medical Doctors will only be $97.

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