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ADHD: Brain Training, Neurofeedback, Diet, and More.

Posted May 20 2011 4:02pm

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, affects millions of children and adults (up to 5% of children in the US).  More and more evidence suggests that brain training may be key to help these individuals. With this in mind, we put together our most recent articles on the topic to  a) help you better understand what is going in the brain of a person with ADHD, and b) provide you with up-to-date information on what can be done to fight the disorder and improve the lives of people suffering from it. We particularly thank Dr. Rabiner from Duke Uni­ver­sity for writing many of these articles.

What is ADHD?

What kind of attention is involved in ADHD? ADHD may be considered as a problem in the willful control of attention as opposed to a pure deficit in the ability to pay attention.

Self-Regulation and ADHD : The fun­da­men­tal deficit in indi­vid­u­als with ADHD may be one of self-control: Prob­lems with atten­tion may be sec­ondary char­ac­ter­is­tic of the disorder.

.Brain Training and ADHD

Working Memory Training has an indi­rect effect on atten­tion and can be ben­e­fi­cial to chil­dren with atten­tional prob­lems.

Working Memory Training & Medication Treatment for ADHD : Work­ing mem­ory train­ing improves work­ing mem­ory more than stim­u­lant med­ica­tion treatment, and ben­e­fits per­sist longer.

Training Attention and Emotional Self-Regulation: Atten­tion con­trol is com­plex but can be trained.

.Physical Exercise and ADHD

Exer­cise as a Treat­ment for ADHD : Phys­i­cal activ­ity may be ben­e­fi­cial to youth with ADHD.

.Diet and ADHD

‘Western’ Style Diet (high in total fat, sat­u­rated fats, refined sug­ars, and sodium) is asso­ci­ated with greater odds of hav­ing ADHD.

Herbal Treat­ment for ADHD : Appro­pri­ately pre­pared and tar­geted herbal com­pounds have the poten­tial to be ther­a­peu­tic and reduce atten­tion deficit symptoms.

.Meditation and ADHD

Mindfulness Meditation may benefit ado­les­cents and adults with atten­tion deficits.

.Neurofeedback and ADHD

Neu­ro­feed­back treat­ment for ADHD : ben­e­fits can last long after treat­ment had ended. Not all children show benefits though.

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