ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a behavioral condition that makes focusing challenging. People with ADHD typically have trouble getting organized, staying on task; and they often have impairment in planning and adapting to changing situations. They may also be fidgety and impulsive.
ADHD is diagnosed based on the presence of a core set of symptoms over a prolonged duration of time and in differing circumstances. It is a real disorder that can be very life limiting if not treated. A decision to use medications to treat the symptoms of this condition should be considered carefully. Behavioral interventions are typically a prudent first step.
We recommend a thorough diagnostic work up if you suspect ADHD or have been given a diagnosis of ADHD. Many other conditions can also result in attention problems, including vision or hearing problems, sleeping disorders, nutritional deficiencies, thyroid or other hormonal imbalances, lyme disease, depression, and even situational factors. Families should carefully consider treatment options and the thoroughness of the diagnostic work-up prior to assuming that medication is the best option for treatment.
Allied Psychophysiology offers comprehensive diagnostic services for ADHD. The practice offers families a complete review of their child's symptoms and a treatment plan that includes options that should be considered in lieu of or as adjunct to pharmaceutical therapies.
Historically, pharmacological treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been considered to be the only type of interventions effective for reducing the core symptoms of this condition. However, during the past three decades, a series of case and controlled group studies examining the effects of EEG biofeedback have reported improved attention and behavioral control, increased cortical regulation on quantitative electroencephalographic (QEEG) examination, and gains on tests of intelligence and academic achievement after neurofeedback therapy.