ADHD, Attention and Concentration Difficulties
“Behavior isn't something someone 'has.' Rather, it emerges from the interaction of a person's biology, past experiences, and immediate context.” ― L. Todd Rose
The Problem with Inattention
Increasing numbers of children and adults are struggling to maintain focus and concentration. We live in an ever increasing hyper-stimulated world which is influencing brain development in a variety of negative ways. Staying clear and focused in a fast, paced ever-shifting digital world is proving to be a challenge than many are failing at in school and in the workplace. It is creating tremendous imbalance in normal brainwave patterns and often leads to Neurological Dysregulation Syndrome.
Inattention and lack of concentration can affect you not only by lowering objective performance; it also deeply affects personal relationships because emotional and impulse control centers are typically involved. A common diagnosis today is ADHD. ADHD is one of 100 neurological disorders that can cause an inability of the brain to maintain focus and be highly distractible. It should not be the assumed and only reason for academic or career performance obstacles. We know a lot more today with brain imaging about various reasons a person might express poor attention. Sometimes it is ADHD, and sometimes it is not. Is it a sleep disorder, a brain health and diet imbalance, a histamine disorder, a methylation disorder, a nutrient deficiency, or something weakened in the Foundations of Health basics that is causing the inattention? Either way, if we can help, we will.
ADHD is highly influenced by factors making the brain unable to stay awake, alert, externally focused, attentive, and in problem solving mode. This begins by understanding brainwave basics. Brainwaves run from slow to fast as follows: delta, theta, alpha, low beta, mid beta, high beta, and gamma. One such factor is the ratio of theta (slow wave) to beta (fast) waves in the brain. A normal ratio in an adult is 2:1 and a child is 2.5:1. When this ratio is higher (such as 3), there are significantly more theta waves than beta waves. How does that affect focus and attention? Theta waves are the slow waves dominant right before falling asleep. They help release GABA, the most important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the nervous system. It is the "calming" chemical. Too much GABA is circulating from the excessive theta waves. Also, there are typically too few beta waves, and this is associated with not enough dopamine circulating. Decreased dopamine is associated with inattention, lack of focus, addictions, social withdrawal, an inability to feel a reward from normal life stimulus, and ADHD. How can someone pay attention when they are in a foggy sleepy state from too much theta/GABA and not enough awake/thinking energy from beta/dopamine? Yet, this is merely one subtype of this complicated inflexible brain pattern. Being able to differentiate between all the varying subtypes of ADHD patterns is critical to any therapeutic success. This is where understanding QEEG maps and genetic based biochemical individuality is crucial. Does your child need neurofeedback or nutrient therapy or sleep? We help you find the answer.
The brain scans of ADHD people show decreased "energy" in key parts of the brain for focus and attention. Learning disabilities on a whole are often characterized by a widespread, diffuse increase in the slowest, sleep wave delta across the entire brain. In an adult brain, only 5% of the brainwaves are in delta. It is the sleep wave. But what happens if this percentage is higher, and your brain is using the slow delta wave more while awake? Learning becomes a real challenge. Developing the skills necessary to comfortably shift from task to task becomes difficult for the brain.
The BBS Solution
Neurofeedback, iLS Sound, and Nutrient Therapy can help correct some of the causes of these problems. They are very different therapies, yet are based on the fact that the brain can change its structure and improve its function if it is properly trained to do so. This neuroplasticity of the brain is the basis of all learning. Just like there are tissue changes in muscle after exercise, the brain makes changes after brain training as well. Metabolism increases, oxygen flow increases, and new synaptic tissue connections are made between cells within the brain. The brain learns to improve its own self-regulation. It is skills building on how to shift into attention. Pills don't teach skills, but neurotherapies do.
"After experiencing extreme anxiety and debilitating fatigue, I was referred to Dr. Stephanie Rimka for neurofeedback. The atmosphere was kind and supportive. After a couple months, my anxiety and fatigue were improving by leaps and bounds. Still to this day, a year and half later, my work at Brain & Body Solutions has lasted, and I feel better than I have in years."
- E.W., Neuroscientist
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-Cynthia Cosson, Licensed Professional Counselor, DBT Intensively Trained, Imago Therapist
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