Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD involves a combination of problems, such as hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and difficulty paying attention. This condition can make it hard to focus or concentrate, resulting in learning problems, poor school performance, relationship troubles, and low self-esteem.

Conditions that can often accompany ADHD include:

  • Anxiety
  • Learning disabilities
  • Conduct disorder
  • Mood disorders, depression, and bipolar disorder
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
  • OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Tourette syndrome

Symptoms of ADHD

  • Not paying attention to details
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Not listening to others
  • Hyperactivity and inability to be still
  • Lack of follow-through on schoolwork, chores, or other tasks
  • Lack of organizational skills
  • Being fidgety or squirmy
  • Talking too much
  • Interrupting others who are talking or engaged in other activities
  • Difficulty learning because of poor attention span

Currently, the cause for ADHD is not known, but research is ongoing. Genetics may be involved and problems with the central nervous system can also contribute.

Preliminary research has shown that there is a link between gut health and ADHD. Additionally, some studies show that certain food preservatives or dyes can also contribute to attention disorders in children.

Conventional Treatment for ADHD
ADHD doctors commonly prescribe a variety of medications to treat ADHD; these seem to balance levels of some neurotransmitters in the brain. While these drugs do not cure ADHD, they can help to ease and manage the symptoms. Additionally, some non-stimulant antidepressants may be prescribed. However, these drugs work more slowly and come with many risks.

Behavioral therapies for people with ADHD can also help, such as social skills training, psychotherapy, and behavioral therapy.

Here at Brain Treatment Center in Danville, we offer MeRT for ADHD. This is a unique version of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), with a far more individualized approach to brain modulation. We tailor treatment to the patient’s needs based on frequency, location, and magnetic power used. TMS modulates the brain’s electrical activity by using magnetic fields which pass through the scalp from an electromagnetic coil. This process is non-invasive and painless. Research studies show that this type of treatment is promising for ADHD.*

Most TMS treatments deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency for all patients. MeRT, however, is more evolved. We carefully analyze a patient’s initial testing as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. We then use this information to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. Patients have indicated that they have experienced significant clinical improvements.

Treatment for ADHD usually lasts four to eight weeks. Appointments are 30 to 45 minutes long, Monday through Friday. Generally, the patient will begin to notice improvements during the first week. Once we complete treatment, there is usually no need for follow-up treatment for ADHD.

While the FDA has cleared the equipment used for MeRT in the treatment of depression that has been resistant to medications, it may also be used off-label for other disorders in the practice of medicine. These include ADHD and other learning disorders.

Studies have shown altered brain wave oscillations in patients suffering from conditions such as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, and more. MeRT treatment protocol uses magnetic pulses to balance and stimulate brain function. As a result, MeRT can improve brain communication and synchronization and can lead to significant and long-lasting improvements.

Much of the initial MeRT research has been done by the U.S. Department of Defense for veterans returning from combat. There is an article that was published in Defense One that further explains the DOD’s research and the benefits that MeRT has been shown to have on people suffering from TBI, PTSD, and MDD. Additional studies have been completed in the private sector on other conditions.

MeRT Treatment for ADHD: What to Expect
For the initial analysis, you will come in for a comprehensive testing appointment. We will gather your new patient paperwork and then our neuro technician will perform a qEEG and EKG, which will enable us to identify any dysfunction or communication problems in your brain.

This appointment usually takes about 45 minutes. Should you decide to proceed with treatment, we will schedule your assessment period. Your second appointment is also 45 minutes long. During this time, you will meet with a provider for a clinical evaluation. The provider will answer any questions you may have and discuss your applicable treatment plan.

Assessment Period
The assessment period of treatment lasts for two weeks, and will help you, and us, determine how you are responding to treatment. At the end of the assessment period, we will perform a second qEEG to note any changes occurring in your brain.

The first week will be Monday through Friday, and the second week, Monday through Thursday, nine sessions in total, followed by a repeat qEEG to determine progress.

Continuing Treatment
Once the assessment period is complete, and we are seeing progress both clinically and on the qEEG, we will schedule subsequent two-week treatment periods.

The comparison between the initial and second qEEG/clinical evaluation will determine if you are responding. You should also start to experience changes in the way you are feeling during this time. We highly advise a total of six weeks of treatment (which includes the assessment period) for optimal and long-lasting results.

Since each brain is unique, the protocol will be different for each patient as it is based on specific qEEG/EKG data from your brain, and the specific condition being treated. Generally, the results of treatment can last a lifetime, though some people prefer occasional follow-up treatment as needed. But each person is different, and protocols may vary. Your provider will have regularly scheduled follow-up EEGs and meet with you to gauge your progress.

Additional Information
A typical treatment session takes about 45 minutes. You will sit in a chair while the neuro technician administers the treatment near the scalp via a magnetic coil. The gentle magnetic impulses are delivered for six to eight seconds each minute. You may feel a slight sensation while the treatment is occurring, but it is not painful or uncomfortable.

Please note that results and improvements are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual users and are not guaranteed. Additionally, the results of therapy can vary per individual. In general, the longer the length of MeRT therapy, the longer the changes remain.

At Brain Treatment Center, we help you on your journey to optimal brain health by providing
the highest standard of care characterized by empathy and expertise. We take the time to understand
your specific needs so you can reach your brain health goals.