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AD/HD and Comorbidity
Is it really AD/HD? OR … Is there something else going on with brain function that is presenting like AD/HD? AD/HD and comorbidity is rampant! There are a number of disorders related to over or under activity of the brain waves that mimic the symptoms of AD/HD. Regardless of what the primary issue is that is causing symptoms, neurofeedback is effective treatment to reduce or eliminate the related symptoms!
There have been many research studies conducted which clearly demonstrate that many children and adults currently treated with medication for symptoms of AD/HD have comorbid conditions which have been undetected and/or untreated by the medical community.
AD/HD Comorbidity with other Disorders:
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America states that approximately 50% of children and adults with AD/HD also suffer from an Anxiety Disorder.
- ADHD Information Library claims that up to 25% of children with ADHD suffer from a mild depression.
- ADDitude recently published findings that indicate as many as 20% of those diagnosed with ADHD also suffer from Bipolar Disorder. This is a difficult differential diagnosis to make since they share many symptoms, including mood instability, bursts of energy and restlessness, talkativeness, and impatience.
- Your Little Professor-Resources and Academic Programs for Children with Asperger’s Syndrome gathered data that estimates 60% to 70% of Aspies also have ADHD, a common comorbidity of Asperger Syndrome.
- Science Daily on ADHD comorbidity with Sleep Disorders: In one research study of children and adults with sleep disorders, 17% of children with ADHD were currently suffering from primary insomnia, versus 7% of controls; lifetime primary insomnia occurred in 20% of children with ADHD, compared to 10% of controls; Nightmare disorder affected 11% of children with ADHD; and lifetime nightmare disorder affected 23%, versus 5 and 16% of controls.
- Medscape Reference found that Comorbidity of ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) with ADHD has been reported to occur in 50-65% of affected children.
- Community Counseling Resources, Inc As many as 25% to 40% of children with an ADHD diagnosis that includes hyperactivity also meet the criteria for a Conduct Disorder.
- About half (50%) of all kids with ADHD also have a specific learning disability. The most common learning problems are with reading (dyslexia) and handwriting.
- The Child Advocate (Nass, 2002) ADHD is extremely common in patients with Tourette’s Syndrome, with ADHD comorbidity reported as high as 90%.
- Medscape Education The significant association between AD/HD and substance abuse across the lifespan is well established. For example, research results estimate anywhere from 17% to 45% of adults with ADHD also suffer from a chemical addiction.
How Can Dallas Brain Changers Help Without Medication?
Neurofeedback is an effective form of treatment designed to help the brain learn to function more effectively. Regardless of whether AD/HD is a primary issue or is a comorbid condition, the neurofeedback therapist focuses on retraining the brain waves to function within the norm for healthy brain function. As the brain waves adjust to treatment, symptoms are greatly reduced or eliminated. The results are permanent, and the treatment does not involve medication.
Dallas Brain Changers recommends a continuous performance test to help determine if AD/HD is a primary issue. We run the test in the office, and you will receive a report with the results at your first neurofeedback session. This test is the same one utilized by the US Army, and it has been deemed 92% accurate in diagnosing this disorder.
We use this assessment in conjuction with the qEEG, or Brain Map, to determine specifically which brain waves are functioning outside the norm. This gives the neurofeedback therapist a “picture” of what the brain waves are doing, and it helps in establishing a treatment plan.
Once a treatment plan is established, clients begin neurofeedback therapy. A minimum of two sessions a week are recommended, and one counseling session is scheduled every 2nd or 3rd neurofeedback session with our Christian counselor. These counseling sessions part of Dallas Brain Changers holistic, integrated approach to healing. These sessions are necessary to monitor changes occurring as the brain heal and to address any unhealthy thought and behavior patterns that have developed for the individual and family as coping mechanisms. Additionally, we strategize and set goals toward healthier patterns of thought and behavior for everyone involved as neurofeedback therapy progresses. By the time treatment is complete, symptoms are greatly reduced or eliminated, healthy behavior and response patterns are established.
We offers a full range of non-medication Holistic Medicine based treatments that include Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, Counseling, and Nutrition Counseling. Each of these modalities can be done independently, but the greatest benefit comes from a combination of therapies toward improved health and wellness.
Call us today to begin the path toward increased health and healing! We are waiting for your call!
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CHANGING BRAINS. CHANGING LIVES.
Dr. Stephanie Golder, MA, ThD, Stephen Minister, Hemispheric Life Coach
Mindy Fritz, MS, LCDC, BCN Associate Fellow
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