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What is ADD / What is ADHD?
People with Attention Deficit Disorder
(ADD) or Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) usually suffer from an underactivation
of the brain. To understand this underactivation, we like to compare the brain
to a car that is stuck in first gear. No matter how much the driver steps on
the gas pedal the car will never be able to go beyond a certain speed - no matter
how capable or powerful its engine.
One way that this underactivation can be identified is through EEG
analysis. EEG (electroencephalographic) technology enables us to record
and understand brainwaves. For example, slow brainwaves are associated with
“unfocused" or "spacey" behaviors. In contrast, fast brainwaves
are normally produced when a person focuses and concentrates. People with ADD
or ADHD often show an excess of slow brainwaves or insufficient fast brainwaves,
or both. Typically, this results in impulsive and hyperactive behavior.
Another crucial effect is an inability to concentrate and process information
normally regardless of intelligence level. In fact, the I.Q. of persons with
ADD/ADHD is often above average, but an underactivation in the brain blocks
this potential. This gap between potential and actual performance throughout
the lives of ADD/ADHD sufferers often leads to low self-esteem, psychological/emotional
problems and underachievement at school and work.
Doctors prescribe drugs for ADD/ADHD because they are presumed to stimulate
the brain; in essence, they temporarily "rev up" brain functioning.
On such stimulants, patients are temporarily able to focus, stay on task and
filter out distractions. Unfortunately, once the medicine leaves the person's
system, so do the positive effects. Because many do not outgrow ADD/ADHD, one
can become dependent on medication for improved functioning, indefinitely. And
many times a tolerance builds up thus requiring higher doses.
An estimated 10% of the population is afflicted with ADD/ADHD. If undiagnosed
and untreated, people with ADD/ADHD are at much higher risk for developing substance
abuse disorders, psychiatric dysfunction and antisocial behavior.
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ADHD Success Story
The program design for our son was really helpful and gave our son a confident feeling like other normal kids have. At the beginning we had so many issues listed that we wanted Drake to deal with e.g. hyperactivity, focus, following instructions, eye to eye contact to name a few.
With the following program offered by Drake (Neurofeedback, Fast Forward, and Captain’s Log) our son developed tremendous improvement as he moves forward in his daily life. Imagine you’re watching the TV series (Flip your Habits!). Everything changes as time goes by.
There is no amount of words or money that can explain the feeling that we feel as a parent as we walk out towards the close out of our son’s program at Drake.
Again, we recommend Drake Institute to everybody who has a similar struggle that we have undergone with our son. Try it and it really works.
Ed, Father of an ADHD Child