What are the symptoms of ADHD?

State of the art assessment and effective treatments for ADHD are available at the Brain Resource Center.ADHD becomes apparent in some children as early as the preschool and early school years; however, many individuals are not diagnosed until their adulthood. The symptoms of ADHD can be variable and situational or constant. For example, some individuals can concentrate only if they are interested or excited, while others have difficulty concentrating under any circumstances. Some avidly seek stimulation, while others avoid it. Some become oppositional, ill-behaved and, later, antisocial; others may become ardent people-pleasers. Additionally, not all forms of Attention Deficient Disorder include hyperactivity. Symptoms of ADHD will appear over the course of at least 6 months, and may include some or all of the following:

  • Impulsiveness: acting quickly without thinking first.
  • Hyperactivity: inability to sit still (ex: walking, running, or climbing around when others are seated, talking when others are talking, fidgeting and restlessness).
  • Inattention: daydreaming, losing focus, and being easily distracted by the environment.
  • Disorganization: poor time management, messy room, work area, and appearance.
  • Forgetfulness: often misplacing objects, forgetting to complete important tasks.
  • Procrastination: inability to begin and complete necessary tasks, poor prioritization.
  • Avoidant behavior: constantly changing the subject or refusing to participate in conversation when uncomfortable or uninterested in the subject.
  • Chronic boredom
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Aggression and violent outbursts
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mood swings
  • Substance abuse or addictions
  • Relationship problems

What are the causes of ADHD?

The exact causes of ADHD are not conclusively known. Scientific evidence suggests that in many cases the disorder is genetically transmitted and occurs when there is an imbalance in the chemicals that regulate the efficiency with which the brain controls behavior. A study conducted at the National Institute of Mental Health correlated ADHD with a series of metabolic abnormalities in the brain, providing further evidence that it is a neurobiological disorder. Currently, there is little scientific evidence to suggest that environmental factors, dietary factors, inner-ear problems, or visual-motor difficulties are the underlying causes of ADHD.

Why is it important to identify ADHD in children?

ADHD can have devastating effects on a child’s social, emotional, and educational development. Additionally, if left untreated, ADHD can have long-term adverse effects, continuing well into adolescence and adulthood. The longer treatment is delayed, the harder it becomes to rid the individual of this disorder. An early diagnosis of ADHD will help parents, teachers, and care-takers ensure that the child develops properly. Furthermore, it is important for parents of children with ADHD to learn how to communicate effectively with their children to get the most of any treatment plan.

Why is it important to identify ADHD in adults?

There is a significant difference between a personality type and a neurobiological disorder. Many individuals suffering with ADHD are labeled slow learners, unmotivated, immature, lazy, and self-centered. A proper diagnosis of ADHD can help put your difficulties into perspective. Knowing that you have ADHD is important for determining the appropriate management of your educational, personal, and social development, and can improve your overall chances of leading a successful life. Effective intervention will improve self-esteem, work performance and skills, and educational achievement.

What can neurofeedback do for individuals with ADHD?

If you are hesitant to medicate yourself or your child, or if the medication you are currently taking does not seem to be achieving the results you hoped for, you should know that neurofeedback has been proven to be a successful treatment for this disorder. Numerous studies have found that individuals with ADHD had significantly improved attention, social adaptability, and self esteem as a result of neurotherapy training (Pop-Jordanova, 2005). In another study, medication was found to be reduced in almost 87% of ADHD cases when neurofeedback techniques were used (Thompson & Thompson, 1998).

What can the Brain Resource Center do for ADHD?

State of the art assessment and effective treatments for ADHD are available at the Brain Resource Center. We offer a comprehensive approach for children and adults that includes a combination of neurofeedback, biofeedback, cognitive coaching, and family therapy (when needed). We also offer a thorough diagnostic package, consisting of a complete qEEG brain mapping, a cognitive skills assessment, and a neuropsychological evaluation, so that you can know once and for all whether you or your child have ADHD. Call us today at (212) 877-2130 for a consultation. You deserve to know your options.

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