For years, medication has been the gold standard for just about every mental health disorder you can think of. Unlike other health issues, doctors rarely examine the brain to address and pinpoint mental health disturbances. Instead, patients are asked to fill out paperwork and go through physical, external examinations before being diagnosed and prescribed a pill that’s expected to be a fix-all. However, this old method of treating mental health disorders is slowly fading, thanks to the continued research and support for neurofeedback therapy.
Recently, research has tested the effects of neurofeedback on ADHD and how it compares to medications like methylphenidate. Rather than providing the brain with a substance that hinders the symptoms of ADHD, neurofeedback therapy from Grey Matters of Carmel works to retrain the brain’s pathways by teaching the patient how to control unconscious physiological functions. This means that your child could become drug- and ADHD-symptom-free with our non-invasive treatments. Here is what the studies are saying about this type of ADHD treatment.
How Neurofeedback Therapy Works for ADHD
To treat ADHD with neurofeedback, an EEG or brain map must be conducted. Here at Grey Matters, we use a qEEG, which is an extension of an EEG that not only gives us a look at the brain waves in your child’s brain but also provides an analysis. We can precisely pinpoint the brain area that is causing the ADHD symptoms, which means we can create a customized treatment plan that targets that specific area.
Brain waves vary in size and frequency, and some studies have found that people with ADHD tend to have a greater ratio of theta waves to beta waves. An increase in the theta waves is generally the pattern we look for since they cause the associated lack of focus and restlessness your child experiences. In the neurofeedback therapy used for ADHD, a therapist works with your child to reduce the theta wave activity while increasing the beta waves. We do this through repetitive exercises and training, improving your child’s focus and generating the desired brain wave patterns associated with a normal, healthy brain.
Parents Want More
There is a lot of positivity surrounding neurofeedback therapy for ADHD. Parents are turning to this type of treatment because medication treatments tend not to work for many children. Often, the treatment for ADHD goes beyond the medication and involves an entire family effort, school cooperation, psychoeducation, and behavioral interventions. This not only leaves children frustrated, but it can also set them up for failure should one pillar of their treatment fail. Medication is often not sustainable for long-term treatments, and parents are looking for more answers to help their children.
The Dangers of Medications
According to WebMD, the side effects of the long-term use of ADHD medications include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Irregular heartbeat
- Abuse and addiction
- Skin discoloration
In addition to these long-term effects, children who take ADHD medication are also at higher risk of developing vitamin deficiencies. Many of the medicines being prescribed suppress the symptoms of ADHD and appetites, leading children to eat less throughout the day. Some of these deficiencies can be linked to other mental illnesses, liver or kidney diseases, and allergies.\
With neurofeedback, you don’t have to worry about any dangerous or long-lasting side effects. There are no drugs involved, and many parents have found that the positive outcomes of neurofeedback tend to last longer than when their child is on medication.
Schedule Your Free Brain Map
Stop medicating and start treating! If you or your child have ADHD and are looking for a holistic, non-invasive alternative, then Grey Matters of Carmel has what you need! We have first-hand experience with ADHD, PTSD, and apraxia, which makes us experts at what we do. To learn more about us or to schedule your free brain map, contact us today.