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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a pervasive childhood disorder. It starts in childhood and continues through adolescence and adulthood. ADHD is characterized by the difficulty to stay focused, control ones impulses, and hyperactivity. ADHD is more frequent in males, with male to female ratios ranging from 2:1 – 9:1. The prevalence of ADHD has been estimated at 3%-7% in school-age children.
It is completely normal for all children to be inattentive and hyperactive every once in a while. Children with ADHD, however, experience these problematic behaviors strongly and to such an extent that it interferers with completion of tasks and learning.
As much as 31.2% of the general population has experienced some symptoms of anxiety in their lifetime. Both children and adults can develop an anxiety disorder. Common symptoms of anxiety include excessive worry, nervousness, and uncertainty. Physical symptoms of anxiety vary from person to person. They include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, increased blood pressure, increased sweating, muscle tension, appetite and sleep problems, and memory and concentration difficulties. The distress of these symptoms often results in the individual withdrawing from or avoiding whatever it is that triggers their anxiety. When left untreated, anxiety can have a negative impact on the functioning and well-being of an individual.
Fortunately, there are many therapies for the treatment of anxiety that have been found to be successful. These include talk therapy, medications, and neurofeedback.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a pervasive developmental disorder that is estimated to affect 3.4 of every 1,000 children 3-10 years old. Children with Autism demonstrate deficits in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or interests. They may also have unusual responses to sensory experiences, such as being bothered by a tag on the back of a shirt. Autistic symptoms exist on a spectrum and range from mild to severe. There is a great deal of difference from one Autistic child to another, one child may not experience any difficulties while learning how to do math, but be very overwhelmed in a crowded mall. Another may be terrible at writing and have social interaction problems.
Marital Therapy is a process in which people learn to identify how they are acting in the marriage compared to ways that will bring about love and happiness in a marriage. The therapeutic process helps the couple find how to change their behavior to these new ones.
Neurofeedback is a treatment option for children, adolescents, and adults who are looking for a reduction in the symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia, and addictions. It is often a good option as an alternative to medication, especially when medication side effects are interfering with success. It is also a good addition to medication and /or psychotherapeutic treatments. It involves a thorough evaluation used to develop a feedback procedure. The initial evaluation consists of an analysis on 19 areas of the brain, called a QEEG. These results are used to develop a personal computer protocol to help re-teach the brain. Sessions are typically two to three times per week. On average, it takes 40 sessions to teach the brain and in turn make significant improvements in symptoms and behavior.
Substance abuse is the overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance. A substance is an intoxicating, stimulating, or narcotic chemical or drug. In the early stages of substance abuse, the alcoholic or drug abuser experiences increasing tolerance and use. In the later stages of abuse, life becomes centered on obtaining, using, and recovering from drug use. Loss of control, straying from morals, and noticeable withdrawal symptoms ensue.