The brain is UNDER stimulated therefore it craves constant stimuli.
It is on the hunt for every possible distraction.
People report feeling like there are many televisions in the room with them each playing a different channel that their brain is trying to watch. This then becomes distracting and frustrating for children which in turn creates low self esteem, and can be highly frustrating for adults especially within relationships.
Indicators of inattention type include:
- Inability to focus
- Carelessness with schoolwork and other tasks
- Very easily distracted
- Losing or forgetting important items
- Commonly do not complete tasks once started, bounce from one activity to the next
How Bio/Neurofeedback Can Help
Neurofeedback, which is biofeedback that focuses primarily on brain activity, trains individuals to become more aware of their responses and how to gain control of the brain’s frontal lobe, which is the executive functioning center (like the front desk of your brain)
- Electroencephalography (EEG) neurofeedback is a specific technique under biofeedback therapy, and it is the recording of electrical activity within the cells of specific sites on the scalp.
- EEG neurofeedback focuses on the central nervous system and the brain’s activity in order to give moment-to-moment information.
- Individuals with ADHD have higher rates of EEG abnormalities compared to individuals without ADHD, such as higher delta and theta wave rhythms (drowsiness), lower sensorimotor rhythms (movement control), and lower beta waves (attention and memory processes). [Research Study]
- Neurofeedback provides audio and visual interpretations of these brain waves, and individuals learn how to maintain the appropriate levels for functioning.
- With the help of a video game or DVD program, you will learn to maintain low activity of theta & delta waves and an increase in low beta waves, or the game or movie will not continue to play. With this, you exercise the brain and increase your focus and attention.
- It also has been studied & reported that the brains of individuals with ADHD are lacking regulation from the frontal region, allowing the mid-brain to quickly react without a type of checking system. [Research Study]
- Neurofeedback restores the strength of the frontal region of the brain, and builds a better connection between the mid-brain and forebrain, allowing focus, attention, impulses, and emotional reactions to become manageable.
- Your brain can then build memory for how it was able to achieve the desired results within the sessions and use it outside of the sessions to produce lasting results.
Neurofeedback training is shown to be a favorable option that provides the same results as medication. It is endorsed by the APA as an efficacy level 1.
It is estimated that five million children (8.8%) between the ages of 4 and 17 in the United States and 4.4% of adults between the ages 18 and 44 are struggling with the symptoms of ADHD, which are inattention or inattention combined with hyperactivity. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]
Common indicators of ADHD with hyperactivity are:
- feeling restless, fidgeting, and/or squirming
- Impulsive speech and blurting answers
- Having difficulty remaining patient and quiet
- Excessive talking and moving, constantly in motion
ADHD: Taming the Whirlwind