WRITTEN BY: Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
REVIEWED BY: Dr. Terry Schroeder on April 18, 2023
What is ADHD?
Having Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can cause severe difficulties in our personal and professional lives. This debilitating disorder continuously affects every aspect of our mental and physical health, including social relationships, routine functioning, and self-confidence.
ADHD is a complex mental health disorder that consists of a combination of symptoms. Adults with ADHD are susceptible to emotional instability, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and sensitivity to criticism. They may also continue to experience significant symptoms as they age. The symptoms of ADHD make it difficult to diagnose since they are associated with other mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Studies show adults with ADHD are commonly diagnosed with additional mental health conditions.
What causes ADHD?
Researchers have not presently identified the cause of ADHD. Increasing evidence, however, indicates genetics may contribute to the disorder. Research has frequently demonstrated those with ADHD also have relatives with the same diagnosis. In addition to genetics, other elements scientists are exploring include the role of environmental and developmental factors. Risk factors that increase ADHD diagnoses are substance abuse during pregnancy, exposure to environmental toxins, and premature birth.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Adults with ADHD encounter symptoms that create adverse challenges in daily functioning. Symptoms for ADHD initially begin in adolescence and continue with maturity. Although symptoms are more easily identifiable in childhood, the diagnosis of ADHD frequently does not occur until adulthood.
Common symptoms adults experience are complications with impulsiveness, disorganization, prioritizing, focusing, time management, planning, and multitasking. ADHD symptoms also include difficulty regulating composure, containing frustration, managing anger, following through, adjusting to stress, and stabilizing emotions.
Adults with ADHD generally have symptoms that decrease with age, for instance hyperactivity. However, difficulties with impulsiveness, concentration, and restlessness usually remain. For adults to be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms must cause affliction in multiple areas of their lives.
How is it ADHD treated?
Treatment for ADHD often includes both pharmaceutical and psychotherapy. Both approaches treat coexisting conditions usually found with ADHD, such as emotional disorders, anxiety disorders, psychiatric disorders, and learning disabilities.
How does ADHD affect brain wellness?
ADHD can negatively affect executive functioning involving cognitive skills, such as planning, organizing, and completing tasks. Difficulty with these skills can make it challenging to stay organized, manage time, and finish tasks efficiently, leading to feelings of frustration and anxiety.
ADHD also impacts dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that influences various emotions, including motivation, pleasure, and satisfaction. Research suggests people with ADHD may have lower dopamine levels in some brain regions, affecting their ability to focus and sustain attention.
Additionally, ADHD can alter the structure and function of specific brain regions, such as the prefrontal cortex, which controls executive functioning, and the anterior cingulate cortex, which is involved in attention and emotion regulation.
How can Brain Frequency™ help?
The Brain Frequency™ AI system is an innovative therapeutic approach to improving brain health and wellness. We use proprietary science-based technology to promote optimal brain functioning across mental, emotional, physical, and social domains. Our diagnostic technology and individualized treatment protocols help decrease or eliminate trauma-related symptoms and various mental health disorders.
The Brain Frequency™ 3 Step Treatment Process consists of; first, performing a Baseline EEG and completing Psychometric Assessments; second, conducting a Brain Frequency Consultation; and third, Initiating Treatment.
An Electroencephalogram (EEG) analyzes brain waves and produces a brain map identifying current and optimal frequencies in 19 areas of the brain. Based on the individualized brain map, Brain Frequency™ will determine possible diagnoses of various mental health disorders or brain trauma for the provider to consider during treatment. Brain Frequency™ AI software provides clinicians with an "Approval Ready" treatment plan using personalized protocols based on each patient's needs.
Those suffering from symptoms of ADHD can efficiently and effectively improve their brain health and wellness by using the Brain Frequency™ AI system. Our innovative system drastically reduces the time needed to properly diagnose and construct treatment plans leading to a faster recovery and greater quality of life.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA): https://www.samhsa.gov/
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): https://www.nimh.nih.gov/
Center For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/
American Psychological Association (APA): https://www.apa.org/
National Institutes of Health (NIH): https://www.nih.gov/
National Suicide Prevention Line: https://988lifeline.org/
National Library of Medicine: https://medlineplus.gov/
Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/