4 Brain Training Therapies for ADHD Children and Adults

These alternative treatments -- electrotherapy stimulation, low-energy neurofeedback, working memory training, and interactive metronome -- can help attention deficit adults and children manage ADHD symptoms without medication.

Electrotherapy Stimulation

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A review of studies on cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) by Harvard’s School of Public Health suggests that low electrical voltages delivered to a patient may influence neurotransmitter activity -- specifically, the production of serotonin and dopamine, which some ADHD children and adults don’t produce enough of. Brown points out that many studies suggest that CES benefits depression and anxiety. A recent study indicates that CES may benefit those with ADHD.

How It Works CES sends low-energy electrical current -- from a small, handheld device powered by batteries -- to the skin and scalp muscles. The current changes electrical patterns in the brain. “I see two types of patterns in my ADD patients,” says Brown. “Many parts of the brain are sluggish, while some parts aren’t turned on at all. Other parts are hyperactive. The current balances them all out.”

One of Brown’s patients had ADD, significant mood swings, and learning disabilities. He was rough with kids at school, and he had no friends. He also had a porn addiction. The teen was taking large amounts of Adderall. Brown tried several therapies and reduced his medication dosage. Nothing seemed to help. Finally, he prescribed cranial stimulation. “In a couple of weeks, the teen was a different person,” explains Brown. “He made friends at school, gave up his addiction, and has a clear career path.”

How to Get Started Two companies, Fisher Wallace Laboratories and Alpha-Stim, make cranial electrotherapy stimulators. The low-voltage stimulation is delivered via electrodes or clips attached to a person’s earlobes. Professionals recommend that patients use the device for 20 minutes a day, until you see signs of improvement.

“The devices cost between $700 and $800, but both companies offer a 60-day money-back guarantee,” says Brown. “Most children and adults will see some benefit in two weeks. If it doesn’t work for you, you can return it and get your money back.”

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