BASIS FOR NEUROFEEDBACK WITH ADD/ADHD

UNDERACTIVATION OF THE CEREBRAL CORTEX

On MRIs, a scan which shows brain structure, decreased cell density is found

On PET, a measure of brain metabolism, decreased cerebral blood flow is seen

On EEGs, a measure of electrical activity, more slow brain wave patterns are seen


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AN IMBALANCE IN BRAIN WAVE ACTIVITY

Researchers have found that children with ADD/ADHD have 30% more slow brain wave activity when performing cognitive tasks. Medications, such as Ritalin, help "calm down" children by artificially increasing their level of brain activation and as a result, temporarily relieve symptoms. There are now drug-free solutions for the treatment of ADD.

Neurofeedback trains children (and adults) to employ self-regulation techniques to increase brain activity as needed, alleviating symptoms long-term and often eliminating medication.

Once the brain has learned to regulate itself better, it continues using that skill.





NEUROFEEDBACK FOR TOURETTE SYNDROME

Multiple case studies exist that report success with the symptoms of Tourette's syndrome. Neurofeedback is helpful in addressing tics.
Many times Tourette Syndrome co-occurs with anxiety, depression and attention problems.
Neurofeedback can be helpful for these associated problems.

Because stimulant medications can make tics worse, neurofeedback is often the preferred way to address the problems of attention and impulsiveness that are often part of Tourette Syndrome.