New brain-based treatment for ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects an estimated 1 million children and adults in Australia, and those and those affected usually have difficulties with attention and impulse control.
ADHD is more common in boys, and most children with ADHD will continue to experience problems into adulthood. Recent studies have also highlighted late-onset ADHD where symptoms do not show until adulthood.
What causes ADHD?
Research shows that ADHD has a strong genetic basis. So, when a child is diagnosed, it is very likely that at least one of the parents will also have ADHD. It is not yet clear exactly what causes ADHD, but research shows that there are changes in the structure and function of key areas of the brain involved with attention and impulse control.
The formal diagnosis of ADHD is usually made by a paediatrician or psychiatrist. Assessment involves a comprehensive examination, and information from the patient, parents and teachers. For adults with suspected ADHD, input is often sought from partners, work colleagues and friends.
At The Perth Brain Centre, established in 2007, we use special brain scans called QEEG that measures brainwave activity to identify potential problem areas in the brain. Brainwave analysis was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2013 for assisting in the accurate diagnosis of ADHD. The scans are performed whilst awake, and careful analysis generates detailed images that pinpoint areas of abnormal brain activity.
In the past, treatment for ADHD was often limited to medication. However, now it is generally accepted that treatment should be ‘patient-centred’ and involve a range of interventions. Aside from medication, other treatment options that are effective include behavioural therapy, lifestyle and dietary changes, neurofeedback therapy and
There is no ‘one size fits all’, and at The Perth Brain Centre we believe that individuals and families should be able to make an informed choice based upon the range of treatments now available.
The Perth Brain Centre focuses on providing neurofeedback therapy in conjunction with behavioural interventions, psycho-education, lifestyle and dietary advice. Neurofeedback is recognised by The American Academy of Paediatrics to be an effective treatment for ADHD, and is featured in Dr Norman Doidge’s book ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’, the sequel to his international best-selling book ‘The Brain That Changes Itself.’
Neurofeedback is suitable for people of almost all ages and uses a sophisticated brain-computer interface to ‘strengthen’ and ‘re-train’ the brain. Patients sit comfortably during training whilst sensors precisely detect and measure brainwave activity.
This information is analysed in real-time and presented as audio and visual feedback, which is used to strengthen and re-train the ‘weak’ areas in the brain. There is extensive research supporting neurofeedback as a safe and effective treatment for ADHD. Studies specifically show that neurofeedback therapy can result in significant and sustained improvements in the key symptoms of ADHD.
Getting successful treatment for ADHD can change your life and the lives of people around you. For further information about how neurofeedback therapy can help you or someone you know, please call 08 6500 3277, or visit the websiteperthbraincentre.com.au