What is ADHD?

All parents want the best for their children and know how important it is for them to be happy and to do well at school. Research shows that about 10% of children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The core symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity can have a severe impact on all aspects of life for the child and the whole family.

Studies also show that most children with ADHD will continue to experience problems into adulthood. Whilst ADHD seems to affect more boys and girls in childhood this seems to balance out by adulthood and just as many women are affected by men. The symptoms of ADHD in adulthood may be less obvious than in childhood making diagnosis more difficult, with less than 25% of adults with ADHD having a diagnosis.

 

What Is Neuroplasticity

 

Research shows that ADHD has a very strong genetic basis. So when a child is diagnosed with ADHD there is a good chance that at least one of the parents will also have it as well. It is not clear yet exactly what causes ADHD but there appear to be problems with the function of key areas of the brain involved with attention and impulse-control. Special brain scans known as QEEG can help to pin-point these problem areas and the results of these scans can be used to direct successful treatment.

How do we help ADHD?

In the past, treatment for ADHD was often limited to medication. However, now it is generally accepted that treatment should be ‘patient-centred’ and involve a range of interventions. There is no ‘one size fits all’, and we believe that individuals and families should be able to make an informed choice based upon the range of treatments now available. At The Perth Brain Centre we focus on providing drug-free solutions for children and adults with ADHD including Neurofeedback Therapy, targeted lifestyle and dietary advice, Behavioural Therapy and Psycho-Education.

 

IMPORTANT: Please note that we do not provide emergency treatment for anxiety, depression or other mental health problems. If you or someone you know requires emergency care please contact  https://www.lifeline.org.au/ or https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/ and for additional help please also see: http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/J_M/Mental-health-emergency.

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