Success with our personalised therapy for ADHD
Current studies show that our unique approach based on personalised neurofeedback has successful results in up to 75 percent of patients. Neurofeedback has been used in the clinical treatment of ADHD for over 30 years. Its efficacy and success is proven in numerous studies at leading speciality clinics and universities world-wide. With neurofeedback the patient achieves lasting results provided scientifically proven treatment protocols such as SMR, Theta/Beta or SCP training are being used by expertly trained therapists. Medication has a similar effect but only in acute symptom management and this is not a long-term solution, not only because the side-effects make most children not comply with their medication regime, but also because many medications to treat ADHD (e.g. Ritalin) lose their effect after 24 months . Certain forms of insomnia and epilepsy can also be treated with neurofeedback.
How do we treat ADHD?
Neurofeedback is a painless, non-invasive method to help train our brain to achieve better self-control. During neurofeedback training, brain activity is tracked by an EEG in real-time. Normally when people concentrate, the fast beta waves increase in certain regions of the brain, however, often slow theta waves dominate in patients with ADHD. After a detailed anamnesis including a QEEG evaluation, the patient is trained in deviating brain frequencies for what is then personalised Frequency Band Training. Another example is neuroCare’s own SCP protocol that has achieved global recognition for training the brain’s ability to self regulate behaviour. Usually, a lasting effect is achieved after 30 to 40 sessions. Neurofeedback can be applied in children from as young as six years. At neuroCare, neurofeedback training is integrated with psychological interventions to improve transfer into daily life with therapists monitoring training progress in real-time during therapy sessions.
What is ADHD?
ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - an impaired ability to concentrate, impulsiveness and/or an excessive urge to move are typical symptoms of ADHD. Sometimes the disorder is not associated with hyperactivity and is then known as ADD. Usually doctors try to control these symptoms with the help of medications such as Ritalin or Concerta. However, these medications only treat the symptoms and are often accompanied by undesirable side effects. Furthermore, it is well known that these medications have limited long-term effect, with their efficacy decreasing over time. Attention deficit disorder is usually seen for the first time in children or youth yet may also be present in adulthood. Because of this, only few adults are correctly diagnosed and treated. In such cases mood swings, restlessness, anxiety, chronic lateness, forgetfulness, low self esteem and relationship problems can be signs of attention deficit disorder.
What causes ADHD?
The causes and emergence of ADHD are not fully understood. Research results show that there is a genetic component to this illness. Experts believe that hereditary factors combined with pregnancy and birth complications can trigger a functional disturbance in the brain. Furthermore, recent research has suggested a link between sleep problems and ADHD.