What is ADD / ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more common than doctors may have previously believed, with 11% of children aged 4-17 having been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. The diagnosis is categorized by a consistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactive impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning in at least two settings – for example, at school and at home. It impacts children and adults, boys and girls, and people of all backgrounds.
What does treatment look like?
Our expert staff uses a comprehensive approach to ADD/ ADHD that emphasizes medication as a last resort. Combining behavioral intervention with neurofeedback training has proven to be a highly effective approach with long lasting results. Following the initial consultation with Dr. Robert Reiner (Adults) or Dr. Heather Davidson (Children, Teens) a treatment plan will be created that includes obtaining a diagnosis, understanding the problem and treating the symptoms:
Understanding the diagnosis
A psychological assessment, including a qEEG brain scan, is administered in order to fully understand the diagnosis and the extent of the issue. This type of assessment is often required to obtain a School IEP or additional school and/or work accommodations.
Treating the symptoms
Approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and executive function training are used to increase emotion regulation, self-confidence and build a concrete set of tools that help patients excel in their daily lives. When working with children and adolescents, our licensed clinicians often coordinate with school systems and other individuals involved in the child’s care
Neurofeedback is a form of brainwave training that allows us to address the “brain” component of symptoms. Research has shown that those with ADD/ADHD have a greater number of “alpha” brainwaves. Subsequently, they have difficulty producing higher frequency or “beta” waves associated with better concentration and enhanced performance. Neurofeedback training “quiets” these brain regions in order to increase your attention and concentration. Following neurofeedback training, patients have reported numerous positive changes such as better attention span and concentration, increased impulse control, mood stability, improved sleep and decreased anxiety and hyperactivity. Neurofeedback has physiological effects that are similar to those created by medication but has no side effects.
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Medication Management – Many individuals and families come to us when they want to avoid medication altogether or are looking to transition off of medication. Although we believe in medication as a last resort, our Psychiatrist is available to conduct medication management when deemed necessary.
How can QEEG Brain Mapping help my ADD / ADHD?
Prior to actual therapy for ADD/ADHD, a careful patient history is taken and a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) is conducted. A qEEG is an advanced diagnostic tool that provides the doctor with a detailed map of how your brain is functioning in each region. QEEG Brain Mapping takes the subjectivity and guess-work out of making the diagnosis for ADD/ADHD and gives the doctor the ability to formulate a more targeted treatment plan, as well as monitor progress over time. After a careful QEEG analysis, your therapist will devise a treatment plan to target your specific symptoms.