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Neurofeedback for ADHD

Approximately 11% of children from 4 to 17 years of age in the United States have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as of 2011. That equates to 6.4 million children, and that rate is on the rise, as much as 5% per year. Historically the treatment has been either behavioral therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. However, the results have been less than satisfactory as both types of therapy must continue or else the symptoms return. This means that the child would have to stay medicated or participate in behavioral therapy for the rest of his or her life to control the symptoms. It is estimated that the annual economic cost of ADHD is between $12,000 and $17,000 per individual. (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html)

While medication can really help with the symptoms, there are always side effects, which can range from minor to very severe, even life-threatening. Some common side effects of ADHD medications are:

  • Sleep problems

  • Irritability

  • Weight loss or gain

  • Fatigue

  • Upset stomach

  • Heart palpitations

  • Change in appetite

  • Shaking/jitters

  • Headaches

  • Skin rashes

  • Suicidal thoughts

The good news is that more and more parents are realizing how detrimental medication can be for their child and are looking for alternative therapies. This leads them to neurofeedback, which has several advantages:

  • Drug-free

  • Permanent changes

  • Non-invasive

  • Pain-free

This therapy targets the abnormal brain waves that are causing the symptoms and seeks to retrain them, allowing the brain to function as it is supposed to function. All of this happens without the use of medication, and the changes are permanent!

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