ADHD: Neurotherapy as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Daniel Amen describes six types of ADD:

Classic ADD, they meet the criteria for both inattentiveness and hyperactivity-impulsivity. The hyperactive-impulsive sufferers are inattentive, distractible, disorganized, hyperactive, restless, impulsive and bouncing off the walls.
Inattentive ADD, where sufferers are inattentive, sluggish, slow moving with low level of motivation, daydreaming, the couch potato, who quietly slip into daydreaming.
Overfocused ADD where suffers have trouble shifting attention. They frequently get stuck in recurrent negative thoughts or behaviour. They are inflexible and obsessive, worry excessively and tend to be oppositional and argumentative.
Temporal lobe ADD sufferers are inattentive, irritable, aggressive, they have dark thoughts are moody, impulsive and unstable.
Limbic ADD, they are inattentive, experience low grade depression, are negative, experience low energy levels and have feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.
Ring of fire ADD sufferers are inattentive, extremely easily distracted, angry, irritable, overly sensitive, oppositional and experience cyclic moodiness.

This is not were ADHD ends. The problem does not go away with adulthood as 80% of children with ADD take their disorder into adulthood.

Keeping in mind that ADD/ADHD is a matter of poor regulation of the level of arousal of the brain, treatment should focus on stabilizing the brain. The brain is either too under aroused in other words slowed down, causing sleepiness, being lethargic, disinterested and not taking in what’s happening around him OR too over aroused, causing the child to be jumpy, due to a revved brain, that capturea everything at the same time. So nothing gets absorbed or done.

Neurotherapy (NT) for ADHD offers an effective alternative for patients whose treatment is limited by side effects, poor medication response and in cases where the patient or parents refuse to consider medication.

What does Neurotherapy (NT) do? Using computerized feedback, the brain learns to increase brain frequencies that are too slow, causing under arousal and decrease the frequencies that are too fast, causing over arousal. NT normalizes the unstable brain which is either over or under aroused. NT results in a healthier and better regulation. Over time the new behaviour is “learnt” through operant conditioning.

Dr A Peché 0823356133