ADHD + ADDLaurence Hirshberg
ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral disorder of childhood.
ADHD affects about 3 – 5% of school aged children. ADHD is diagnosed much more often in boys than in girls. In adults, the hyperactivity and impulsivity may be less apparent. For many individuals, these difficulties in childhood continue in adult life.
Difficulty staying focused and on task, distractibility.
High activity levels, or, especially with adults, a feeling of restlessness
Impulsivity, or acting without thinking about the consequences
Deficits in organization, planning, and in regulating emotions.
ADHD symptoms can be caused by anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and even some medical conditions. Two-thirds of kids with ADHD have other difficulties as well: learning disabilities, anxiety, behavior or mood problems. That’s why it is crucial to begin your path forward with a careful, specialized ADHD test and assessment. Learn more.
Medication is the most common form of treatment for ADHD. Medications help many people, but often symptoms remain. Some people have lasting negative side effects, while others do not benefit at all. Even when medications help, they do not solve the core problem in ADHD – reduced activity in the brain’s attention networks. That is why we offer several types of ADHD treatment without medication. Learn more.
Parenting a child with ADHD
It’s not easy to raise a child with ADHD. They act before they think. They don’t listen. They have trouble following rules. They over-react, are unorganized, and out of control. Even though you understand this, there may be times when you find yourself frustrated, angry, then guilty. Often parents disagree on how to handle the challenges associated with raising a child with ADHD. Many parents feel isolated and alone. NDC’s family therapy and parents’ groups can help. Contact us
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ADHD does not have to be life-long. You can get to the root of the problem for lasting change.
Untreated, ADHD symptoms are expected to last throughout life for most. Treatment with medication does not change this. Medication only temporarily reduces symptoms. It does not get to the root of the problem to change attention networks in the brain.
Neuroscience has shown that the brain is capable of reorganization and change. This is called neuroplasticity. At the NeuroDevelopment Center, you can choose approaches to ADHD treatment without medication. These ADHD treatments harness the power of neuroplasticity to reshape brain attention networks. Research has shown that these treatments result in brain change and lasting improvement in symptoms. Learn more about neurofeedback and Cogmed Working Memory Training.
Deficits only? No way. Many amazingly accomplished people have ADHD:
Performers such as Will Smith, Justin Timberlake and Howie Mandell
Athletes such as Michael Phelps, Bruce Jenner, and Terry Bradshaw
Businessmen such as Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines
David Neeleman, Founder of Jet Blue Airlines
Paul Orfalea, Founder of Kinko’s
James Carville. political consultant and strategist
Links to learn more about ADHD
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