With Paulie, the teachers were the problem, as he pointed out those whom he disliked. Grades and not meeting deadlines were beginning to be a concern to his parents. The medication he was taking for ADHD did not seem to be helping, and Paulie was complaining that he no longer liked taking it. Paulie’s parents brought him to our office for an evaluation. They were very concerned about the level of behavioral support he required at school. Diagnostically, he received a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) as part of his evaluation. It was determined his type of ADHD included both excess slow and fast waves, producing both inattentive and oppositional type behaviors. He began receiving neurofeedback twice weekly and improvement followed. Sleep, compliance, hyperactivity and attention all improved. Medication was reduced. Overall, Paulie was beginning to smile more in sessions and reported getting better grades at school. He did not seem to be struggling as much with his teachers, either. Overall, several types of ADHD have been identified, and a one-size-fits-all approach often exacerbates the problems associated with the behaviors. Excess of either slow or fast brain waves can produce undesirable behaviors. Neurofeedback’s effect on ADHD in rewarding the desirable waves causes a decrease in the undesirable waves. This in-turn will generate more desirable behaviors. Over time, the training becomes more permanent and the individual continues to produce the desirable waves, resulting in long lasting positive changes. Neurofeedback has been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a Level 1 treatment for ADHD, and the qEEG has been approved by the FDA as a diagnostic tool for ADHD.
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