medication free solutions to improve attention
Non-Medication Treatment for Attention
There are four distinctly different types of Attention Deficits (ADD/ADHD), each of which responds differently to medication.
Most physicians diagnose ADHD in 10 minutes or less before proceeding with treatment.
We are 1 of less than 10 offices in the United Sates that evaluates which type of ADD is present to be able to customize neurofeedback and other forms of biofeedback training the brain can work better on its own, resulting in improved attention.
We also assess how exercise, nutrition, sleep, and electronic use can be managed to help the brain work at its best. At times, therapy can also be a useful tool to help develop new behaviors to replace old habits.
A Natural Path Proven to be Effective for over 85% of People with ADHD
Surveys of health professionals using neurofeedback to treat ADHD estimate that over 85% of their patients report improved ability to focus, regulate behavior, and decrease impulsivity when they train on a consistent schedule. Most people can’t control the number of heartbeats they make per minute. With biofeedback training, they can learn to do so. Likewise, biofeedback also makes it possible for teach the brain to control its rhythm. When you train your brain with EEG biofeedback, it helps you learn how to become focused, calm, and to gain self-control.
- We offer proven alternatives to prescription drugs
- Our clinicians and technicians have helped hundreds of families struggling with ADHD
- We have experience working with schools so that your child gets consistent messaging.
- We will coordinate with your family doctor or specialist
- We provided comprehensive reports to help facilitate communication with schools and medical professionals
- We can work with your physician to help monitor and reduce the need for medication. Many individuals are able to eliminate medications altogether, while some are left with a minimal dose and/or a maintenance training schedule (once every 3-6 months, for example).
"My son was failing three subjects in school, primarily due to attention problems. He was diagnosed with ADD and began taking a stimulant to help, but the medication was only slightly effective and had side effects that almost negated the benefits. Within 4 or 5 sessions of neurofeedback training, his attention problems started to turn around. After 2 months of training, his grades are now B’s, and his teachers report that he is retaining what he is learning.
He still has more training to come, but so far the results have been remarkable. He is medication free and continues to improve his schoolwork. "
- Father of a 13 year old boy
How does neurofeedback compare to other treatments for ADHD?
|How Long has the treatment been around?||Since 1960s||Early 20th Century or before||Ritalin – 1956Adderall – 1996|
|Results are long term once stopped||Yes||Yes||No. Possible “rebound effect”|
|Average Cost per Session||$110||$100||$20/month for Ritalin$140/month for Adderall|
|Average Time Investment||30-50 hours over 1 year||10-60 hours over 1-2 years||1 minute per day until adulthood or longer|
|Negative Side Effects||No||No||Ritalin- Decreased appetite , symptoms worsen when drug wears off, nervousness, potential for abuseAdderall- False sense of wellbeing , abdominal pain|
|Ability to treat multiple biomarkers||Yes||Yes||Medications for differing biomarkers often conflict with one another|
|Outside Interests that conflict||No||No||Possible financial and political|
|Effectiveness||Shows improvement approx. 80% of the time||Many people report positive results when they follow assignments||Varies. Some report good results. May require several different medication attempts to find the best fit|
|American Pediatric Association Approved||Yes Level l||Yes, Level l when combined with behavior therapy||Yes, Level l when combined with behavior therapy|
|Approved for children under 6||Yes||Yes||No|
|Total Costs||Lifetime: $3000 average||1-10 years: $600-$6000||6 years: $1440, plus behavior therapy: total approximately: $4000|
"I cannot believe how this training has helped me. I used to have problems
understanding what my teachers expected of me, and got in trouble a lot.
Now I immediately understand what is expected, and do not waste time."
-7th Grade Girl
Defining Illness and Disease
There is a distinction that is being made in some medical circles (e.g., the treatment of pain) that, in my opinion, should be more widely known and circulated. The distinction hearkens back to a differentiation made by Eric Cassell in the late 1970’s: “Disease, then, is something an organ has, illness is something a man has.” According to this way of thinking, disease is something that needs to be cured, such as infection, injury, toxic exposure, cell degeneration, etc. Illness is something that needs to be managed such as feelings of pain, discomfort, distress, weakness, fatigue, etc. Obviously, these two things are not mutually exclusive, and they often occur together. Fully understanding the difference between illness and disease, as well as how they can be treated, will help you understand how alternative treatments such as EEG biofeedback fit into a holistic treatment plan for disease and illness. (more…)