According to the Centers For Disease Control, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, affects at least 11 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17, and the numbers continue to rise each year. This means that more than one in ten children are currently living with this disorder.
ADHD can affect adults, but it is most often noticed in children, especially boys. While medication can be helpful for managing symptoms and allowing kids to live a relatively normal life, it does not address the root cause. This is what makes Neurocore’s treatment so different.
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What is ADHD?
There are two types of ADHD, and each has a very specific list of criteria that must be met before a child is diagnosed with this disorder. The two types are ADHD – Primarily Inattentive and ADHD – Primarily Hyperactive.
1. ADHD – Primarily Inattentive
This was formerly called ADD, and it’s characterized by persistent difficulties with memory, organization, task completion and attention to details. Children may seem like they’re “somewhere else” when being spoken to and have an inability to focus on finishing simple tasks.
2. ADHD – Primarily Hyperactive
This type is characterized by constant fidgeting, restless roaming, excessive talking, intruding on others’ space or completing people’s sentences out of impatience. Children will seem like they’re always moving and chattering, even in inappropriate situations.
Who is Affected by ADHD?
Children, teens and adults can all be affected by this disorder. It is most commonly seen in children and teens, and it affects boys roughly twice as often as girls.
What Causes ADHD?
Ultimately, the issues for both types of ADHD stem from the brain not functioning correctly. While there can be environmental factors that affect it, it’s also important to note that there are noticeable biological differences between an ADHD brain and a non-ADHD brain, and these differences are often responsible for many of the symptoms associated with the disorder.
In addition, scientists have found that there are possible genetic components as well, and these can lead to parts of the brain not getting enough “exercise” or proper use. This is similar to when a muscle is weak from lack of use in that it is possible to target these areas and develop mindful practices that can help to develop more mass.
Contrary to what many people believe, the human brain is able to be trained and changed throughout a person’s entire life. This concept is called neuroplasticity, and in a nutshell, it means that the brain can be broken of “bad habits” and taught healthier habits through a system of rewards and exercises.
This retraining is easiest to do for children because their brains are still in development and don’t have all of the ingrained neural pathways that adult brains do. However, though it might take more effort, adult brains can absolutely experience these changes too.
Why Isn’t Medication Alone Enough?
As with any other issue a person faces, it’s always best to fix the root cause of the problem rather than simply treating the symptoms and hoping that’s enough. Medication can be an effective way to address the symptoms of ADHD, but there are no drugs that are intended to help the underlying neurological causes of these symptoms.
This is why Neurocore believes that it is so important to address the brain issues directly. For some, working to “rewire” the brain is effective enough that they can live happily without medication. For others, retraining their brains means they may need less medication than before. Every brain is unique, which means that every treatment plan should be too.
How Can Neurocore Help?
Neurocore was founded on the idea that the brain can be trained to better cope with symptoms of disorders like ADHD, anxiety and depression. While the treatments are not cures, they are effective alternatives to medication for many people.
Neurocore Brain Performance Centers provide comprehensive testing and analysis of every individual’s brain. These tests are safe for children as young as 5 years old, and they are able to accurately show exactly which regions of the brain are experiencing problems. These sophisticated diagnostic tools are scientifically proven to measure brainwave activity with precision, which means that Neurocore’s professionals can determine exactly where the issues are stemming from.
Once the initial assessment and brainwave analysis have been completed, a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan is developed to specifically target the individual’s problem areas. Treatments are developed using the brain maps created during the intake assessments, which means that every plan is unique to the individual.
To address and correct the brain’s underlying problems, Neurocore combines the most cutting-edge neurofeedback technology with scientifically backed techniques to assist clients with shifting their brains into functioning in more healthy and productive ways.
The treatments focus heavily on reward-based reinforcement of healthy habits as well as teaching clients age-appropriate tools for correcting their particular neurological issues. The brain responds much more readily to positive reinforcement, so this type of feedback is most effective for long-term retraining.
The Neurocore team believes so strongly in this approach because it is meant to last a lifetime. The tools, techniques and mental models that clients are taught throughout the course of treatment can be carried throughout their lives. In addition, once the brain has been retrained to behave in a healthier way, those pathways only require the most minimal upkeep to remain strong over the long term. This means that there is almost no opportunity for a person to revert back to his or her former mental state.
Controlling ADHD is Possible
Despite the fact that ADHD is an incredibly common diagnosis in the United States, it doesn’t have to be a debilitating, lifelong condition that is simply masked by medication. Instead of relying on the temporary fix of prescription medication, consider taking control of the problem by learning more about the underlying neurological causes.
Neurocore Brain Performance Centers can help determine the root cause of an ADHD diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that can have a lasting, positive impact throughout a person’s entire life.