Attention Deficit/Hyper-activity Disorder (ADHD) is a common problem for which families seek biofeedback therapy in CT. The form of biofeedback that has been most researched and used is called neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is an effective treatment for ADHD and has a forty-year history of application to these problems that inhibit focus and organizational ability.
Prevalence of ADHD in America
The prevalence of the ADHD problem in our country is highly debated and depends on the agency that is doing the survey. I’ve seen numbers ranging from 5% to 17%. Regardless, each family suffers its own pain and frustration when their loved one is unable to perform and function in the manner expected of them.
The Cause of ADHD
Attention can be a fragile thing. All of us have had periods of ‘distractibility’ when feeling low or suffering from an illness. Sometimes long-standing attention problems can be caused by anxiety, depression, emotional trauma, or concussions and brain injuries.
How Neurofeedback For ADHD Works
Regardless of the causes, EEG Neurofeedback for ADHD can be a helpful intervention that can either alleviate the need for medication or reduce the amount necessary to provide relief. Currently, and for the past four years Litchfield Neurofeedback has been using a technique called Infraslow Fluctuation (ISF) neurofeedback. It is a uniquely newer method that has shown great promise and yields the benefits of neurofeedback quickly.
As with most neurofeedback methods, the person is connected to a computerized program by electrodes that merely receive the brain waves that they are producing at that time. The training system translates these into signals that the trainer can read and use to adjust an individualized program. The person taking the training will see a video on a monitor and hear audio that goes along with the video. There is an additional tone that is registered that is also responding to the variations in the brain waves during the thirty minute training session. Depending on the needs of the client, the audio and visual presentations will provide ‘feedback’ to the client and help the person’s brain achieve more stability and calm. With Infraslow Fluctuation, the brain’s frequency movements are being directly ‘mirrored’ by the tone from the computer speakers. That attunement allows the brain to respond more effectively and functionally. Over a course of sessions the training secures lasting change and improvement
Generally, sleep patterns improve and people feel calmer and more in charge of their lives. The difficulties with focus, concentration, organization, and overall attentiveness are relieved. I have worked with children, teens and adults with ADHD using neurofeedback for over sixteen years. I have had success throughout that time but for the past four years – using ISF neurofeedback – my work is more robust and results come quicker.
If you are having trouble with attention or have a loved one who has ADHD, Infraslow Fluctuation can help.
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