ADHD Can Have Many Triggers
- Food Sensitivities – Food allergies or food sensitivities that are not addressed can cause excitability, depression and other behavioral issues.
- Toxicity – Environmental toxins like metals, molds and chemicals can cause ADHD symptoms to be exacerbated.
- Gut health – if the gut is inflamed and the commensal bacteria is off balance in the gut due to medications, antibiotics and pro inflammatory foods, this can cause a lot of symptoms with ADHD.
- Neurotransmitters – The different levels of neurotransmitters, which alter the behavior in ADHD patients, have variations on the transporter genes for certain neurotransmitters. For example, patients with predominantly inattentive ADHD had changes to their norepinephrine transporter gene, which affects norepinephrine levels in their brains. Patients with predominantly hyperactivity-impulsive ADHD had changes to their dopamine transport gene, thus affecting dopamine levels in the brain.
Neurofeedback for ADHD
Neurofeedback is based on a simple principle: “The brain emits different types of waves, depending on whether we are in a focused state or day-dreaming,” explains Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D., chief scientist at the EEG Institute in Woodland Hills, California.
The goal of neurofeedback for ADHD is to teach the patient to produce the brain-wave patterns associated with focus.
The result: Some symptoms of ADHD — impulsivity, distractibility, and acting out — diminish!
Kay Spears has a wellness approach which is customized to what each individual needs to help cope with ADD and ADHD. As you can see there are many approaches to ADD and determining which approach is best for each individual is not a “one size fits all.”
It is important to go through a thorough health assessment and determine what approach would be best suited for each person.
Kay has 25 years of experience and 9 years of experience with neurofeedback.