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The Most Benefical Dose of ADHD Stimulants for Cognitive Functioning Is a Low Dose

For Inattentive ADD the best dose of ADHDmedication is a low dose. The adage that is used to treat ADHD-PI is, "Start low and go slow". It turns out that the Inattentive ADD medication recommendations of low dose stimulants may be the best treatment for ADHD Combined type as well! A very interesting study was just completed and published in the March-April edition of the Journal of Learning Disabilities and the findings point to this conclusion. The researchers of this study gathered kids that had been diagnosed as Inattentive ADD, Combined type ADHD or Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD. They then rated each participant's executive function and working memory function and impulsive behavior and then labeled the study participants as significantly impaired if they had 'cool' (low) executive function and working memory function and 'hot' (high) impulsive behavior scores.

Working Memory Training for Inattentive Type ADHD

The Inattentive subtype of ADHD (ADHD-PI) is different than Combined type or the Hyperactive/Impulsive type of ADHD. The most debilitating problem seen in people with ADHD-PI is a lack of sustained attention. Some researchers have discovered that this is the result of a faulty working memory. Working memory (WM) is the part of our brain's executive or higher functions that enable us to prioritize the stimuli or information that we are exposed to so that we can best pay attention to what is most important at that moment. Research studies have found that the Inattentive subtype of ADHD is helped by WM training. Online and computerized training tools that help develop our multitasking abilities, that is, our ability to attend to more than one piece of information at the same time, have been found to lessen the inattention of ADHD-PI.

Dark Chocolate For the Inattentive Subtype of ADHD ADHD-PI

The Inattentive type of ADHD symptoms may be improved by cocoa flavanols and dark chocolate. A new study published in the Journal Physiology and Behavior has found that visual working memory and reaction time can be improved by a one time consumption of 720 mg of cocoa flavanols. These beneficial working memory effects, were seen 1 week after the cocoa consumption. The symptoms seen in the Inattentive type of ADHD may be primarily related to working memory and reaction time deficits. This recent study points to the ability of dark chocolate to improve these deficits. The study subjects did not have the Inattentive type of ADHD, they were young adults without a history of cognitive problems but this study is important because most studies looking at the benefits of dark chocolate have been performed using older adults with a history of age related cognitive decline.

Attention Training Software for the Inattentive Subtype of ADHD

Software tools are often used to test and diagnose the attention problems seen in all types of ADHD but that are especially seen in people with The Inattentive subtype of ADHD. These test tools screen for our ability to divide our attention and our ability to screen out distractions. WM (WM) diagnostic tools not only test our attention capacity they may be used as a training tools to increase our attention span. The main problem for people with The Inattentive subtype of ADHD (ADHD-PI) is what neurologist call working memory deficits. This term does not refer to our ability to remember it refers to what some neurologist call "divided attention capacity". A working memory strengthening tool may help increase attention span by improving our divided attention capacity.

Improving the Attention of People With the Inattentive Subtype of ADHD

Improving the attention of people with the Inattentive type of ADHD (ADHD-PI) involves improving their ability to divide their attention. An inability to divide attention, in fact, is the problem that causes all the other problems. I should define divided attention. Divided attention is the ability to pay attention to something while blocking out distracting information. Neurologist calls the brain process that gives us the ability to control attention, in the face of interference, our Working Memory (WM). Most neurologist and psychiatrist now agree that the main problem in people with ADHD-PI is a problem with working memory. Working memory is a confusing term to most of us because when we think of memory we mostly think of remembering, of short term memory and long term memory.

The Obsession of Losing Pounds in a Week - Why Not Change Your Lifestyle With a Healthy Mindset

When you are obsessed in the number of pounds you are going to lose in a week, you are starting this challenge from a completely opposite point of view. You are looking at how you can alter your body as fast as you can without having to do any work or suffering (according to some people) and that is what this article wants to discuss something about. The idea of suffering. One of the reasons why a person becomes obsessed with how many pounds he can lose in such a short time is because he fears that he might not see any more positive results even if he plans to continue keep up with the chase for let's say, another seven days. With that in mind, he labels the whole challenge as something painful he will have difficulty of bearing in the long run.

Can the Brain Rewire Itself?

The answer: Yes. In the past neuroscience viewed the human brain as a machine; if a function stopped working properly, then that function was permanently gone. It was believed that the human adult brain was incapable of fundamental change, hence, the proverb, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". Now there is a growing body of research demonstrating that the brain can indeed rewire itself. Scientists have defined this phenomenon as neuroplasticity, also referred to as brain plasticity or brain malleability. These terms refer to the brain's ability to reorganize itself by building new neural connections. In other words, our brains are constantly changing in structure and function even as as we age.

How To Choose a Neurofeedback Provider or Neurotherapist

When choosing a neurofeedback service provider there are a few things that should be prioritized on your check list. Here are a list of tips and questions to ask yourself and the prospective Neurotherapist. 1. Are the Neurotherapist's skills and their neurofeedback equipment a good fit for my issues? Suppose you are going to a Therapist or clinic for help with PTSD, panic attacks, fears, phobias, addictions or peak performance, the recommended and scientifically-proven protocol for these issues is alpha-theta. You don't need to know what alpha-theta protocol is to ask a potential Neurotherapist whether he or she provides these services. The Therapist should know what you are inquiring about, and whether their neurofeedback equipment can do this protocol or if they are comfortable and knowledgeable about this particular protocol.

How to Get Neurofeedback Certification

Adding neurotherapy services to your existing practice or institution can be very rewarding. Although professional licensure isn't a requirement in every state in the US, many providers seek neurofeedback certification for the purposes of attaining insurance or to demonstrate competency. There are two organizations that provide neurofeedback certification: NTCB and BCIA. Both organizations offer a range of certification programs depending on clinical degree and objectives, and have done a wonderful job of legitimizing and protecting the integrity of the neurofeedback field. Both organizations offer a Neurofeedback Technician Certification for individuals who do not have a clinical degree, but intend to use neurofeedback modalities under the supervision of another licensed health care provider.

How to Become a Neurofeedback Service Provider

Many people become interested in the field of neurofeedback after experiencing neurofeedback sessions or reading about it. You may be wondering who can be a Neurotherapist, and how would one get started in entering the field of EEG biofeedback? Neurofeedback Service Providers include: 1. Licensed health care practitioners 2. Institutions such as an Addiction Treatment Centers, Mental Health or Wellness Centers 3. Licensed educators and schools Licensed health care professionals include, but are not limited to: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Educators, Medical Doctors, Nurses and Physical Therapists. There are a number of states sponsoring House Bills that encourage alternative practitioners to work with medical doctors without the need for a state license.

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