ADHD is the most common diagnosis for kids and teens. The CDC reports nearly 10% of children ages 2-17 have been given the diagnosis.
ADHD can be a hot topic—is it real? Is it not real? Is medication the best thing? Are medications harming our children in the long-run? While there are many pieces to the discussion, ADHD typically presents as difficulty concentrating, impulsivity, fidgeting, and distractibility. The other lesser talked about issues with ADHD is the impact it has on peer relationships, stress in the home, impacts on self-esteem, and how often it presents with anxiety and depression. Kids and teens with ADHD need support, and you have options around what that support looks like.
Learning to parent your child with ADHD is important, as is teaching your child the skills they need to combat the disorder, the third piece of the puzzle is changing the brain. This is why so many children are medicated with stimulants—because they need a brain change. We approach this need through neurofeedback. Rather than taking a neurochemical approach, we take an electrical approach. It’s not as scary as it sounds, read more about neurofeedback here. The lack of concentration and impulsivity are simply a symptom of ADHD, not the problem. When you look at the typical ADHD brain, you see an excess of slow wave activity and not enough fast wave activity—of course they’re going to have a hard time concentrating—their brain is working against them. But if we can change the brain pattern, we can change the symptom, and if you pair that with skills work and parenting strategies, you’re setting your child up for success.