Managing ADD/ADHD with Brainwave Entrainment and Neurofeedback

What is ADD / ADHD?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder are neurological condition that primarily impairs function in the pre-frontal regions of the brain, that involves in problem solving, emotional traits, reasoning (judgment), speaking and voluntary motor activity . As a result, ADD/ADHD person can become impulsive, inattentive and easily get distracted.

ADD-imagnation

Many times person with ADD/ADHD cannot get things done or planned out, not because they lack the know how, but rather they can’t get it executed as they get distracted by too many things. One reason attributing to such behavior is the element of arousal – the “awakeness” or alertness of the brain. The level of the brain’s arousal dramatically affects how well a particular mental challenge will be performed. For instance, it is almost impossible to pay attention if the brain is making an abundance of alpha or theta (dreamy) brain waves. It’s just as difficult to fall asleep with excessive beta (alert) brain waves being produced when the eyes are closed.

More information on QEEG brainmap of ADD/ADHD person: http://www.qeeg.com/qeegfact.html

People with attention problems such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have particular difficulty shifting their pre-frontal lobes (the part of the brain behind the forehead) into action. The pre-frontal lobes are responsible for attention, intention and logical reasoning. These areas function poorly in the ADD/ADHD brain because of reduced blood flow and the production of too much slow alpha and/or theta brain waves, especially during cognitive (thinking) tasks and passive tasks (reading).

For those with ADD/ADHD, high levels of stimulation have been shown to wake up the pre-frontal lobes, resulting in reduced hyperactivity, improved attention, and less moodiness. People with ADD/ADHD do well with stimulating video games and action sports. Unless the activity is exciting (pushing up arousal), the pre-frontal and frontal lobes quickly lose their attentiveness and activation. Theta and/or alpha brain waves increase dramatically and the person “fogs out.” A lack of stimulation in the typical school setting causes ADD/ADHD children to struggle constantly with mental fog, leading to poor grades.

Non-medicated, Non-intrusive Solution to manage ADD/ADHD

With the advent of technology and abundant researches and studies in the area of brain activities of ADD/ADHD person, today we have wide range of home-based solutions to better manage ADD/ADHD symptoms, beside using stimulant drugs like Ritalin or Adderall. Two of such technologies are Audio-Visual Brainwave Entrainment and EEG Neurofeedback solutions.

Audio-Visual Brainwave Entrainment by MindAlive Inc. 

Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) is a technique that provides pulses of light and sound at specific frequencies in the brain wave range. These pulses of light and sound settle down an out-of-control racing/agitated mind, enhance the production of the appropriate brain wave frequency, increase cerebral blood flow (blood flow in the brain) and increase the metabolization of glucose in the brain for improved functioning of the
neurons. This results in improved mental performance.

An important objective of entrainment is to produce a dissociative state, which is a meditation-like state of deep relaxation. It is the brain/body
rehabilitative benefits produced by this deep trance-like state that makes AVE so useful for so many conditions. The dissociative state can be first
observed by noticing deep and diaphragmatic breathing. Hands and feet become warmer as arteries dilate. Skin color will become pinker as blood flow increases throughout the face and body. Blood flow will increase in the brain as well. The person will experience feelings of profound relaxation and contentment as beneficial neurotransmitters are released into the brain. When in this deep state, the brain/body’s regenerative repair chemicals (parasympathetic hormones) and stabilizing neurotransmitters such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine are released, which restore good brain function. AVE contributes to this restoration by providing a stress-break, increasing cerebral blood flow and encouraging impaired neuronal firing and allows the brain to return to normal function.

This deep state of AVE-induced regeneration has proven to be useful for many of the mental, emotional and physical challenges that nearly all of us face at one time or another in our lives, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, PMS, blood pressure, and chronic fatigue, along with improved attention, learning and ADD/ADHD.

Download the DAVID Alert User Guide to learn more about AVE and ADD/ADHD here:

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Research on AVE for ADD/ADHD – By David Siever

The Clinical Guide to Sound and Light – Thomas Budzynski

 

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Mobile Neurofeedback Games with  NeuroSky EEG Headset

When thinking about all the potential associated with EEG, it’s very easy to focus on the fantastical, almost science-fiction-like aspects of the technology. While those can be a lot of fun, there are also an incredible number of use cases for EEG in the realm of mobile mental health like ADD and ADHD. NeuroSky MindWave Mobile is the world’s most affordable EEG headset and provides all of the tools you need to bring brainwave-sensing technology to life! Whether you’re looking to give your brain a work out, or just hoping to relax and entertain yourself and your loved ones, the MindWave Mobile opens up a world of opportunities the likes of which you’ve never experienced before.

Get your MindWave Mobile Brainwave Starter Kit (S$199) here.

Focus Pocus

Focus Pocus is a game with benefits and specially designed for children with attention deficit conditions.  It is played for fun and was designed to provide an environment to practice skills such as attention, relaxation, impulse-control and memory. Train to develop “powers” by mastering the 12 engaging mini-games. These powers help you battle the evil necromancer, and also may help improve behavior and academic outcomes! View the video below to learn more about it.

Results on Focus Pocus 

Introduction to Focus Pocus ADD/ADHD Video

Get your Focus Pocus with NeuroSky EEG Bundle Here

Platform Supported: Windows, iOS