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ADHD, which stands for attention deficit hyperactive disorder, has been a DSM-recognized condition since 1968. Since then, many controversies have erupted over the disease, its proper classification and the best way to treat it. While many laypeople view ADHD as just another kind of personality, which, in times past, would have required no special treatment at all, the science behind the diagnosis of ADHD is completely solid. Unfortunately, this condition can be badly debilitating in modern society where people are often required to focus intensely on a sustained basis in order to maintain productivity.
The single most widely prescribed treatment that has been recognized as being effective for ADHD is the administration of stimulant drugs like Adderall, Ritalin and Dexedrine. These drugs have been shown to be effective in combating symptoms of ADHD, including restlessness and inattentiveness. But they have never been shown to be able to permanently cure the condition. As soon as the drugs are stopped, the symptoms immediately return, often to a degree that is worse than before the drug therapy was started.
Although the drugs used to treat ADHD have been roundly proven to be effective, they are not without risk. Most of the drugs that are used to treat ADHD are classified as amphetamines, a category of hardcore stimulants that also includes street drugs like crystal meth. There are numerous problems with using these drugs on an extended basis even when they are being taken strictly as prescribed. Many of the same health risks that apply to street amphetamines also apply to drugs like Ritalin and Adderall. The long-term effects of these drugs are surprisingly understudied for the number of people who take them. And their administration to children has long been a contentious issue within the medical community and in society at large.
But the most pressing concern regarding the administration of amphetamines or other so-called uppers for the treatment of ADHD is their extremely high potential for abuse. Many times, these drugs end up being taken in ways that are not prescribed, such as inhalation through the nose. Abusing ADHD medication in this way can lead to extremely serious health risks. And it can very quickly negate any benefit at the society-wide level that may be had from people with ADHD experiencing improved symptoms.
For these reasons, the medical community has long sought science-based alternative treatments for ADHD and a wide variety of other mental illnesses that currently can only be treated with hard drugs. This is where Neurocore and the science of neurofeedback has shown great promise. Neurocore is a new program that was developed by some of the top neurologists in the field in order to treat ADHD and a wide variety of other mental conditions that long had no known effective treatment other than the administration of potentially dangerous drugs.
Neurocore works on the principle of neuroplasticity. The subject is given a highly detailed examination of their brain activity using sophisticated, state-of-the-art EEG equipment. Once a brain-scan profile is developed, the patient is then sent to undergo a number of treatment sessions. These typically involve watching a movie, playing a game or listening to music for a period of 45 minutes. Whenever the patient’s brain activity moves outside the target range, the media is stopped. This simple yet effective method has been clinically shown to rewire the way that the brain behaves. Over a number of sessions, the clinicians can slowly begin to elicit the desired brainwave activity through the repetition of withdrawing and reinstating reward stimuli at the desired time.
This is the essence of what this new procedure does. And it is changing the face of ADHD treatment.
*This article is meant for educational purposes, and nothing should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol, whatever that may be.
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