ADULTS

A dysregulated brain is like applying the brakes and accelerator at the same time. The brain is out of balance, not communicating effectively and dysfunctional behavior follows.

ADULTS

A dysregulated brain is like applying the brakes and accelerator at the same time. The brain is out of balance, not communicating effectively and dysfunctional behavior follows.

 

Research finds that the hyperactive child can become an adult who has learned ways of coping with the disorder that are actually attempts to hide everyday problems but still having a short attention span.  Hyperactivity is not a necessary ingredient. ADD is a chronic disorder which can begin in infancy and stretch through adulthood negatively impacting the individual’s life at home, school, workplace or community.

Proper communication between areas of the brain are necessary for appropriate brain functionality. This communication between the two brain hemispheres should occur very fast, but communication is slow or out of sync in individuals with ADHD symptoms. Neurofeedback literally retrains the brain to be more connected and balanced.

What are possible causes of ADHD?

  • Brain Chemistry: ADHD is thought to be caused by an imbalance of two brain chemical messengers or neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine. Medication “is thought to block” the reuptake of these brain chemicals to increase the amount released. However, global brain functions are affected and adverse reactions may include insomnia, deceased appetite, nausea, irritability, weight loss, dry mouth, increased heart rate and anxiety.
  • Genetics: Research suggests that ADHD tends to run in families. However, not all children in a family will be affected. It is important to note that having some symptoms does not mean that a person has a diagnosis of ADHD.
  • Environment: According to research certain external factors may contribute to ADHD including smoking and other complications during pregnancy.
  • Statistics: Approximately 4 million women and 6.4 million US men are affected with these symptoms. (Based on the National Co-morbidity Survey Replication of 3,199 adults ages 18-44 conducted from 2001-2003).

 Adult ADHD Management 

  • Organization and Planning
  • Time management
  • Stress management
  • Limiting distractions
  • Breaking down assignments

Adults may benefit from a management program that teaches people how to replace negative behaviors with positive behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) offers a better understanding of ADHD and how it affects daily life. In addition, stress management strategies teach relaxation tools which enable a more balanced and productive life.

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