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Neurofeedback Therapy for ADHD/ADD

  • Your teen is smart, possibly a gifted teen, but they continue to struggle with their grades. They tend to day dream or lose focus when they should be doing their homework or other tasks.

 

  • You find yourself as a parent needing to stay on top of your teen's homework assignments. Your teen struggles to remember to do the assignment or when it's due. If you weren't there to remind your teen, the assignment won't get done.

 

  • Your teen completes the homework and then forgets to turn it in. They struggle to remain organized which is half the battle in getting good grades. Your frustration increases as you don't understand how your teen can forget to turn in the homework.

 

  • Your teen can't seem to sit still no matter the consequence or reward offered them. It's as if they are driven by a motor that is always running. It can be exhausting for parents, teachers, church leaders, etc. to constantly remind your teen to 'behave'.  

 

  • Your teen often acts before they think resulting in conflict with others or hurting other's feelings.

 

  • You've don't want to place your teen on ADHD medication or you have tried without finding success. Your teen doesn't like the way it makes them feel so they stop taking it. 

Symptoms of Teen ADHD/ADD

 

Teen ADHD/ADD can be a very confusing, frustrating, and heart breaking to understand.  To another teen or adult without ADHD/ADD, it is difficult to understand these teens. They wonder why the teen can't stay organized, remember simple things, or sit still and not be disruptive. Those without ADHD/ADD end up labeling the teen and not the behavior. Labeling the teen can cause unintended harm to the teen's sense of worth and self-esteem. Over time, the teen will begin to believe that the labels they receive must be true. They hear it from teachers, church leaders, friends, friends, parents, etc. Those with teen ADHD/ADD don't want to struggle in this way. Who would willingly want to bring on themselves the consequences that teens with teen ADHD/ADD receive? Believe me, those with teen ADHD/ADD have the will, or the desire to do well, they simply lack the skill. 

So what are the symptoms of teen ADHD/ADD? The DSM-V, the manual therapists use to diagnose mental health struggles, list the following as symptoms of teen ADHD/ADD:

 

Inattention 

 

  • Six or more symptoms of inattention for children up to age 16 years, or

  • five or more for adolescents age 17 years and older and adults;

  • symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months, and

  • they are inappropriate for developmental level:

    • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.

    • Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.

    • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.

    • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).

    • Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.

    • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).

    • Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).

    • Is often easily distracted.

    • Is often forgetful in daily activities.

Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

 

  • Six or more symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity for children up to age 16 years, or

  • five or more for adolescents age 17 years and older and adults; symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for the person’s developmental level:

    • Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.

    • Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.

    • Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).

    • Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.

    • Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.

    • Often talks excessively.

    • Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.

    • Often has trouble waiting their turn.

    • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)

Teen ADHD/ADD Subtypes

 

Within the cluster of symptoms related to teen ADHD are 3 subtypes of teen ADHD. These subtypes are below and are:

Predominantly Hperactive-Impulsive Presentation

If symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity but not symptoms of inattention have been shown for at least 6 months.

Predominantly Inattentive Presentation

If symptoms of inattention but not symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been shown for at least 6 months.

Combined Presentation

If symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity have been shown for at least 6 months.

Neurofeedback Therapy at Katy Teen & Family Counseling can Help With Teen ADHD/ADD

 

One of the more frustrating things for parents as well as the teen who struggles with teen ADHD is knowing the limiting affect teen ADHD has on the teen. There is so much more to your teen than the impulsivity, the lack of organization, the distractability, etc. Because of teen ADHD, emotional and behavioral problems can develop that otherwise would not have. Teen depression, teen anxiety, and substance abuse are among the extra struggles teen ADHD can create.

 

If you are a teen reading this know that you are not your teen ADHD. We know it feels that way sometimes as it impacts your life on so many levels. Yet, we see time after time the innate inner strengths that rise to the surface once teens address their teen ADHD through neurofeedback. Teen ADHD has a way of blocking some of those inner strengths from developing. We want to help you overcome teen ADHD and free a path for those strengths to emerge. They are there. Don't you doubt it!

Neurofeedback Targets Root Causes of Symptoms of Teen ADHD/ADD

 

Dr. Daniel Amen, a psychiatrist and neurologist, and founder of the Amen Clinic has said:

 

"Psychiatrists are the only medical specialist who virtually NEVER look at the organ they treat. Cardiologists look, neurologists look, orthopedists look but psychiatrists guess. There is a better way."

 

With teen depression and teen anxiety on the rise, psychiatrists are on the front lines of helping teens overcome the symptoms of teen depression, teen anxiety and other struggles. Their work has not only helped teens overcome their struggles but have saved lives in the process. Child  and adolescent psychiatrists explore the symptoms to help them provide the best treatment for the teen struggle. Neurofeedback takes into account the symptoms and can identify specifically what network or region in the brain is the cause of the symptoms of teen ADHD/ADD. Neurofeedback treats teen ADHD/ADD at the roots of the struggle.

Neurofeedback and Brain Performance Training for Teen ADHD/ADD

 

Before we start neurofeedback training, the first thing we do is create a map of the teen's brain. We use a cap that has 19 sensors embedded in the cap and have the teen wear the cap. These sensors in the cap read the brain activity, or performance, and send the information to sophisticated software used with the cap. The recorded results are then digitized and we display the result in a topographical, 3-D map of the teens brain. This brain map is then compared to a 'normative database' of other teen brains without ADHD from teens the same age and gender as your teen. With this comparison, we can identify where your teen's brain may be under or over performing leading to teen ADHD.

Now that we have a baseline, 3-D brain map of how your teen's brain is performing, we can start neurofeedback training for teen ADHD/ADD. Neurofeedback training is a safe, fun, enjoyable way to treat ADHD. We use the same cap with the 19 sensors and place the cap on your teen. We use sophisticated software that resembles a video game. But, this video game is not played with hand controllers rather, it is played by the way the brain performs.

 

When the brain performs in a way that would increase focus, concentration, impulse control, etc., your teen can control the character on the screen. This reinforces and trains the brain to perform without the symptoms of ADHD/ADD. Over time, the brain will shift it's performance from an teen ADHD/ADD way of functioning to performing without the symptoms of teen ADHD/ADD.

Neurofeedback Studies with ADHD/ADD

Neurofeedback has been treating clients with a wide variety of struggles for approximately 50 years. It has come to prominence in the last 20 years with the advances in neuroscience and neuropsychology. We are recognizing more and more that to provide treatment that results in lasting and enduring changes, we have to treat the problem at the source -- brain performance. Combine neurofeedback with talk therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), along with psychiatry and you now have a powerful treatment approach.

 

There are over 50 peer reviewed journal articles published over the years on neurofeedback and the treatment of ADHD/ADD. These peer reviewed journal articles identified that treating ADHD/ADD with neurofeedback was as effective as treating ADHD/ADD with stimulant medication. Below are some articles for your reference:

Meta-Analysis: Neurofeedback Drives Enduring ADHD Symptom Improvement

 

Results from 10 randomized, controlled trials found that neurofeedback significantly reduced inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity for 2 to 12 months after treatment ended for children with ADHD.

A 6-Month Follow-up of an RCT on Behavioral and Neurocognitive Effect of Neurofeedback in Children with ADHD

Results from a 6 month follow up, comparative study between the long term effects of stimulant medication and neurofeedback for the treatment of teen ADHD.

Electroencephalographic Biofeedback for the Treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

Results from a review of treatment protocols and the scientific controlled group studies of the effectiveness of neurofeedback for the treatment of ADHD/ADD.

Begin Neurofeedback for Teen ADHD/ADD at Katy Teen & Family Counseling

 

You don't have to live with teen ADHD/ADD any longer or the labels that people attribute to your teen and not just the behavior. Your teen is more than teen ADHD/ADD and we want to help their innate strengths emerge. At Katy Teen & Family Counseling, our Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) neurofeedback professional is waiting to help your teen and family.  To start your neurofeedback journey for teen ADHD/ADD, you can follow these three simple steps:

1. Contact Katy Teen & Family Counseling

2. Meet with Jason Drake, LCSW-S, our BCIA neurofeedback professional

3. Start your neurofeedback journey for treating teen ADHD/ADD and help your teen discover their true potential

Other Services Provided at Katy Teen & Family Counseling for the Katy and Houston Area

 

While we provide neurofeedback therapy and training for teen ADHD/ADD, we also provide these additional neurofeedback, therapeutic, and counseling services:

633 East Fernhurst, Ste. 302

Katy, Texas 77450

(Inside Parkway Ridge Office Condominiums)
 

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