There are many profiles of ADD/ADHD. Some of them are legitimate, and some of them appear to be ADD/ADHD, when there is actually something different going on in the brain and the body. The most typical profile is an alpha slowing profile, where the brain’s processing rate is slower than others of similar age. This is called a high theta/beta ratio.
Another profile is one where the individual is bouncing off the walls,highly distractible. This is someone who can hear multiple conversations in a room all at the same time. This one involves a fast brainwave called beta.
Another profile is due to early life and birth complications, such as hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain), use of forceps or suction in the delivery room, high fevers or other early life trauma, resulting in excess slow frequencies, such as delta and theta.
Central slowing is also common and would contribute to a high theta/beta ratio. It does not always indicate head injury, it is part of the normal presentation of attention deficit disorder. Part of the treatment could include neurofeedback protocols designed to down-train theta at a specific site, encouraging the brain to speed up processing there.
Another variant of ADHD presents as Mu rhythm in the EEG. Mu is present when mirror neurons are not engaged.
Yet another profile is an alpha peak frequency that is faster than most. Because alpha is the processing speed of the brain, a child with a fast alpha peak frequency might be very bright, but do poorly in school (because they are digesting data at a faster rate than they’re receiving it, leading to boredom). This is not actual ADD/ADHD, although it is often mislabeled.
We deal with all kinds of attention deficit disorders at our clinic. However, no one individual is the same, which is why a thorough assessment of what your kind of ADD/ADHD is, is crucial to your success. We perform an intake procedure, including a QEEG, to all of our clients to ensure that they are receiving personalized treatment.