ADD and Television  
     
 

Unsuspected Behavioural Influence in Children
ADD is not only a problem of inattention in the classroom, but manifests throughout life. It reflects in poor school performance and ADD sufferers show a higher likelihood of ending up with less education than no-ADDís. The lives of ADD sufferers are often characterized by failed marriages, less job success, more automobile accidents, unstable relationships and trouble with the legal system. Medication might ease living conditions for the ADD sufferer on the short term, but does not fix or cure the problem and often causes side effects.

ADD sufferers experience hyperactivity, aggressiveness, violence and they are often guilty of substance abuse, which prevents them to access and utilize their inherent abilities and talents. Under arousal or slow brain frequencies is the core ADD and watching TV causes the brain to slow down even more. Television has found its own way into our bedrooms, kitchens and lounges.

How does television influence ADD/ADHD
The brain produces specific frequencies of electricity. The slowest frequency range is delta. Delta produced during the day may suggest pathology. Theta activity causes the brain to slumber and suggests hypnologic or twilight states during which a person is half awake and half asleep. Alpha activity is produced when the brain is in a relaxed state. Certain ranges of beta activity, secures attention and concentration where higher beta ranges cause tension, obsessive compulsiveness, bipolar disorder and other anxiety disturbances. Watching TV causes the brain to slow down. It causes the brain to produce a constant pattern of low frequency brain waves. TV watching may be compared to simulating the ADD brain. A drop in alpha activity and production of theta activity is consistent with ADD behaviour. ADD kids cannot speed up the brain when they need to as the brain is parked in the lower frequency range, which reduces the brainís capacity for higher thought processes and excessive TV viewing by younger children causes the brain to miss some of the early development stages. The brain becomes limited in creativity and higher levels of cognitive functioning as well as abstract thinking. Watching TV lulls the brain into inactivity and a barely conscious state, which resembles a state of being in slumber.

The brain becomes like a car with faulty timing, it needs a tune up. Medication such as Ritalin is a stimulant which speeds up the brain and stabilized it. The effect is however only temporary. When the stimulant is stopped, the brain slows down again.

Neurofeedback is a non invasive method through which the brain is stabilized and Ďrewindí in order to control and regulate state flexibility of the brain more efficiently.
 

By:  Dr. Annemie Peche                016-4549302

Reg Clinical Psychologist/Neurotherapist/EEG Technician                     082 3356 133

 
 
 
 
   
       
 

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