Are you a parent of a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD? Or are you living with ADHD yourself? If so, then you know that the brain has to work overtime and operates at an insanely high level, making it difficult to concentrate, sit still for long periods, and even remember simple details. Living with ADHD either as an adult, as a child, or as a child’s parent can be frustrating. Many parents take their children to the doctor and leave with a prescription without any real workup of their child’s symptoms.
Here at Grey Matters of Carmel, we believe in a different approach to ADHD. Through neurofeedback therapy, we can help children and adults mitigate their symptoms by creating new neuropathways in the brain. Still, people may be hesitant to suspend medication because that’s what they’re used to, or it’s the only form of treatment their doctor has recommended. Still, you need to know how ADHD medication actually works and what it really does to the brain.
How ADHD Affects the Brain
In a healthy, non-ADHD brain, neurons communicate through chemicals called neurotransmitters. These chemicals pass through a tiny space called a synapse and meet with receptors on the receiving neuron. The sending neuron then recollects the neurotransmitters, and the process starts all over. For everything you do, neurons in your brain perform this chemical signal a billion times a day.
However, in an ADHD brain, this process is disrupted for various reasons. Some of these might include:
- The sending neuron takes back the neurotransmitters too quickly.
- The sending neuron doesn’t release enough neurotransmitters.
- The neurotransmitters have difficulty landing on receptors of the receiving neuron.
How ADHD Medication Works
When the brain’s cells can’t successfully pass signals between each other, attention, motivation, mood, and learning abilities can take a hit. Medications for this brain disruption help neurons pass along these crucial neurotransmitters in more effective ways. ADHD medications are either known as stimulants or non-stimulants, and many of them have lasting side effects, making the individual feel “not like themselves.”
In essence, medications trick the brain into thinking that it’s operating correctly, yet these meds come with various side effects. Two of the most common side effects of these medications are loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. For children, this added stress can be challenging to manage and cause serious vitamin deficiencies. Furthermore, ADHD medication isn’t a cure but rather a long-term solution. People on medications only get relief from their symptoms while on the drug and while it’s in their system. That’s why we offer a different approach.
How Neurofeedback Works
Rather than relying on medication to treat your child, Grey Matters uses neurofeedback therapy. We work with your child’s natural abilities to learn and relearn, taking them through personalized brain exercises that help children and adults increase reading skills, decrease or eliminate the need for medication, reduce impulsive behavior and aggression, and sleep better.
Neurofeedback starts with a qEEG brain map and analysis. Through this initial consult, your Grey Matters technician will be able to show you and your child just where their hyperactivity and inability to concentrate is coming from in the brain. Once we understand how your brain is functioning (or not functioning), we can produce a personalized treatment plan. Through simple exercises, we help the brain relearn and create new neural pathways that are healthy and fully functioning. Like clay, the pathways in your brain are changeable, moldable, and teachable.
Let’s Treat ADHD Together
We at Grey Matters of Carmel know how frustrating life can be when you’re living with ADHD, no matter your age. Understanding how ADHD medication works (or doesn’t) is one of the many reasons parents come to us for help. We can also help with ADD, apraxia, and anxiety. Our goal is to see every one of our patients reach their peak mental potential. To schedule your free brain map, contact our Carmel, IN, office today at (317) 215-7208.