The Secret to Staying Attentive and Focused…

The Secret to Staying Attentive and Focused...

We hear attention deficit and people immediately think someone has a problem ‘paying attention’. however, they can pay attention to a lot of things, they can not SUSTAIN attention. To divide or divert your attention is a tricky skill…most people can divert their attention to something that catches their eyes, but can they bring it back to task in a timely manner, and stay there? Can you sustain that attention once you have brought your attention back to task?

There are many conditions that take this kind of cognitive flexibility ability away from us; sleep disorders, anxiety, chronic stress, not to mention many different learning concerns.

So, when we say someone has an inability to stay focused we must take into consideration many different aspects of their lifestyle to understand what is causing the deficit in attention. Is it Auditory Reception problems, the inability to ‘hear’ information and process it into a format that the brain can then use to ‘file it’ and then retrieve it again. Auditory processing problems look a great deal like an attention problem, however, it may be more of a problem with not ‘hearing fast enough’. The person isn’t able to keep up with the conversation, or their brain gets too tired and becomes ‘brain drained’.

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A person with what we call Attention Deficit has reversed brain activity. When their brain is awake on an EEG it looks asleep (so they are given a stimulant to wake up) but when they lay down to fall asleep at night, their brain wakes up (causing many people to take a sleep aid).

Using NeurOptimal, a Neurofeedback system, you can actually retrain your brain to reduce the variance in your cortical activity. As this happens your brain wave activity ‘renormalizes’, eliminating the turbulence that causes the inability to sustain attention.

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Did you know….
* In 2011, the CDC reported that ADHD affected 9.5% of American children.

* Boys (13.2%) are almost three times more likely than girls (5.6%) to be diagnosed with ADHD.

* ADHD is not limited to children; a recent Harvard/NIMH study reports that over 4% of the adult population in the US experiences symptoms.

* ADHD is rarely the only medical problem for those diagnosed with the disability

* Approximately 1/3 of individuals with ADHD are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder

* Up to 70% will be treated for depression during their lifetime
ADHD sufferers are twice as likely to report sleep disorders

* Many other comorbid conditions affect those with ADHD, such as learning disabilities, Tourette syndrome, Bipolar disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder and Conduct disorder

* ADHD sufferers also report higher instances of relationship problems, motor vehicle violations & accidents, obesity, and reduced earnings because of lower productivity & truancy.

* The cost of ADHD is estimated as high as $52 billion; this includes treatment costs, additional school funding, higher insurance rates and lost productivity.

* Current treatment has shifted away from a medication-based treatment strategy to a combination of medicine, Neurofeedback, counseling & cognitive therapy.

(InteractiveMetronome.com)

For more information on renting or purchasing a home unit for Neurofeedback contact us at http://www.cognitive-connections.com

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