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ADD & ADHD – WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?  DIAGNOSIS?  HOW CAN YOU TREAT IT?

WHAT IS ADD &ADHD?

ADD & ADHD is a neurobiologically-based developmental disability estimated to affect between 3-5% of the school age population.  It may even be higher.  Scientific evidence suggests that the disorder is genetically transmitted in many cases and results from a chemical imbalance or deficiency in certain neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that help the brain regulate behaviour.  In addition, a landmark study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health showed that the rate at which the brain uses glucose, its main energy source, is lower in subjects with AD/HD.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTONMS?

  • Classic ADD-they meet the criteria for both inattentiveness and hyper-impulsivity.  The hyper-impulsive sufferers are inattentive, distractible, disorganized, hyperactive, restless, impulsive and bouncing off walls.
  • Inattentive ADD-where sufferers are inattentive, sluggish, slow moving with a low level of motivation, daydreaming, the couch potato, who quietly slip into daydreaming.
  • Over-focused ADD- where sufferers 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 Love ADD-sufferers are inattentive, irritable, aggressive, they have dark thoughts and 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 distractible, irritable, overly sensitive, oppositional and experience cyclic moodiness.

DIAGNOSIS:

The Quantitive electro-encephalograph or Q EEG is one of the most accurate methods of diagnosing pathology.  It determines whether the amount of a specific frequency or brain wave form produced, is enough to execute certain functions.  Too much of the theta activity may result in spaciness; too much of high beta activity may result in high tension levels or hyper activity.

It also determines whether there is communication and connectedness between two sites on the brain.  It determines how quick or slow a message comes through.  Should there be a time delay; the waves will be out of phase which may cause epilepsy.

The Q EEG determines whether there is an asymmetry which may cause a problem regarding language ability or that a person may hear but not listen; or an inability to find words and execute thoughts verbally.

The routine EEG showing the raw wave forms or morphology, cannot indicate deficits on levels as described above and cannot be seen with the naked eye unless computed into a normative data base.

TREATMENT:

There are many forms of treatment, one of which is NEUROTHERAPY.

Neurotherapy can help both adult and child ADD/ADHD sufferers.

It enhances a self-regulating process in order to stabilize the level of arousal.  Right brain over arousal is decreased and left brain under arousal is increased.

The brain is trained by computerized programs to regulate its own light and dim switch.

Neurotherapy normalizes the unstable brain.  It results in a healthier better regulation and over time the new behaviour is “learned” through conditioning.  Unlike medication, this has a long term effect and solution.

By:  Dr. Annemie Peche                                                                               016-4549302/ 011 6756138

Reg Clinical Psycologist/Neurotherapist/EEG Technician                        082 3356 133

 
 
 
 
   
       
 

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