How Does Neurofeedback Help Treat ADD/ADHD?: Treatment Helps Calm the Brain So Other Therapies Work Better

One treatment that is gaining popularity in the management of ADD/ADHD patients is neurofeedback.

What is Neurofeedback?

At its simplest neurofeedback is simply brainwave biofeedback. With neurofeedback training, a patient can learn to improve and strengthen brainwave patterns to function more effectively with better focus, organization, follow-through, and basic learning functions. What’s more, the treatment does not have any side effects as do some of the drugs used to treat ADD/ADHD. Neurofeedback works similarly for individuals suffering from autism as well as a number of other disorders.

“Neurofeedback brings down the arousal levels (in the brain) so the patient can get more out of their treatment modalities,” said Dr. Reid Schwartz, Director of Applied Psychophysiology at Neuroheath Associates in Lombard, IL in an interview. “The frequent complaint is that they (ADD/ADHD patients) are non-compliant.”

What Factors Affect Neurofeedback?

First off, it is not a panacea and is generally used in …

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Natural Remedies for ADHD: ADHD Alternative Treatment

Natural remedies for ADHD can help calm an overly active child. Children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can have a hard time staying focused and often lack self-control. As a result, children who have ADHD may perform poorly in school, have a hard time getting along with peers, and have difficulties at home.

There are several treatment options available for children who have ADHD. Some are more effective than others. It all depends on the child. Some parents are reluctant to put their children on medication, because of the potential for side effects. Although many children do benefit from taking medication, natural remedies for ADHD can also help children stay calm and focused.

Diet as a Natural ADHD Remedy

Children who have ADHD should have a lot of protein in their diet. Research indicates that protein is one of the most effective ADHD natural treatments. A study …

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A Surprising Relationship: How Skin Health is Connected to ADHD


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You may not think that there is a connection between skin health and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but the two actually have a lot in common. Both can be linked to poor diet, lack of sleep, and stress. Making lifestyle modifications to improve your child’s skin health, as well as working with a skin naturopath, can be a great way to help manage their condition. Taking care of their skin can help them feel better about themselves and may also help to reduce some of the symptoms of ADHD.


The link between skin health and ADHD

There is a strong connection between skin health and ADHD. Children with ADHD are more likely to suffer from skin problems, such as eczema and psoriasis. In fact, one study found that nearly 40 percent of children with ADHD also had eczema.

Three of the main lifestyle triggers connected to …

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Special Treatment for ADHD Kids Causes Arguments: Is Being Allowed Special Passes to Cut Queues at Theme Parks OK?

There is currently some debate in the UK over Disability Discrimination Act legislation that allows children with ADHD to be given special passes that allow them to “queue-jump” at theme parks. If a child can prove that he has ADHD then he can be allowed to move to the front of the queue on any attraction without having to wait. This has caused some controversy over whether this is the right way to treat kids with this condition. So, is it in their best interests?

The Advantages of Not Making People With ADHD Queue

Theme park queues are notoriously long. It isn’t unusual for it to take hours to work through the line to get to the start of an attraction. ADHD sufferers do not generally find this easy. They may, for example, have problems with:

  • Concentrating long enough to stand in line
  • Understanding that they need to queue and
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The Real Cure for ADHD is Understanding the Disorder

I am a Psychology major who has become quite discontent with the field in general. More specifically, I am unhappy and appalled at the willingness of many professionals in the field to feed pills to children, adolescents, and adults after barely spending the proper amount of time in a therapy session with them. My main concern lies with Adderall (Amphetamine Salts) to treat ADHD. I was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age, and only recently was able to break free of its firm hold on me.

What is ADHD? Attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder is more or less when others around you feel like you are struggling with three areas: inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The clinical diagnosis is nothing short of vague, riddled with symptoms such as “blurting out answers,” or “seems to not listen to when spoken to directly.” When a person is diagnosed with this disorder, and prescribed stimulant medication, …

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What Exactly is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder affecting 3-5% of children and adolescents between the ages of 4 and 17 in the United States. It is a disorder that impacts not only the child, but other family members as well. Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have a difficult time, both socially and academically. This article will explore the etiology and impact of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder on children. It will also outline treatment options available for children with ADHD.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder that is characterized by hyperactivity/impulsivity and/or persistent inattention. ADHD is categorized into 3 types: predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, predominantly inattentive, and combined. It is estimated that 3-5% of children in the United States between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with this disorder. ADHD is more prevalent in boys. The ratio of boys to girls who are diagnosed …

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What You Need to Know About ADHD

A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) shows that nearly one in ten of all U.S. children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This number, which represents a 22 per cent increase in the past five years, is attributed to increased awareness and better screening. However, not all experts agree, especially when most European countries cite a 5 per cent incidence of ADHD in children. The CDC study was also based on reports given by parents without clear documentation of how the diagnosis was made. In addition, wide variations exist in reported rates of ADHD in different parts of the country, suggesting that different diagnostic criteria are being used. The highest incidence of ADHD is reported in Alabama and the lowest incidence in Colorado.

ADHD is characterized by symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention or impulsivity, symptoms everyone has from time to time. However, …

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Staying Curious When it Comes to Your Health

I have a friend whose child has an autoimmune condition. I won’t go into the details of it, but essentially the immune system is doing something inappropriate in the body. It turns out this is actually a skin condition called acne inversa. This condition is affecting their esteem which is, in turn, affecting the way they want to interact with the world.

What is interesting is that their behaviour doesn’t seem to be purely emotional, but also connected to their immune system. What became apparent is that once their acne inversa was treated and their immune system calmed down – their behaviour seemed to calm down too.

I wonder if this might be more broadly applicable and if there’s a link between what might be going on with our health and what’s going on with the brain. It makes sense that what’s going on with our behaviour is not

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Managing ADHD Symptoms Naturally

For children and adults diagnosed with ADHD, the symptoms of distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity can wreak havoc with their intentions for a harmonious life. The brain cells called neurotransmitters that are responsible for these disruptive behaviors cannot be altered by sheer will alone. Although prescribed medications are the first line of treatment by most medical doctors, there is hard evidence that effective management of symptom severity can be achieved naturally.

Brain Critical Nutrients

Below is a listing of a number of key nutrients that have been identified to positively support brain function. They are important for everyone, but particularly for those struggling with cognitive performance.

  • Protein is important for the regulation of blood sugar which affects mood, behavior and cognitive function. It is also composed of long chains of amino acids which are responsible for the development of neurotransmitters.
  • Amino Acids tyrosine and phenylalanine are important for boosting the levels
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Why IBMT Can be an Effective Treatment for ADHD

IBMT or Integrative Body-Mind Training has been a major research project at both the Dalian University of Technology in China and the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon in the USA.

For over six years, Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang and Dr. Michael Posner have studied the effects of a body-mind meditation practice derived from Chinese medicine on the body, emotions and the brain.

Their research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences or PNAS, shows specifically that IBMT produces greater changes in brain and behavior than relaxation training alone.

Their research involved two groups; the experimental group was given integrative body-mind training, while the control group received relaxation training in which individuals were taught to relax the muscles of their bodies in a progressive manner using deliberate thought control.

With just 11 hours of training, practitioners of integrative body-mind training achieved far greater emotional and …

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