ADHD – WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? DIAGNOSIS? HOW CAN
YOU TREAT IT?
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.
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
Love ADD-sufferers are inattentive, irritable,
aggressive, they have dark thoughts and are
moody, impulsive and unstable.
ADD-they are inattentive, experience low grade
depression, are negative, experience low energy
levels and have feelings of hopelessness and
Fire ADD-sufferers are inattentive, extremely
distractible, irritable, overly sensitive,
oppositional and experience cyclic moodiness.
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
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.
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.
many forms of treatment, one of which is
Neurotherapy can help both adult and child ADD/ADHD
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
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.
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