Boulder therapy ADHD Blog 5: Test your ADHD Child

February 10, 2011
ADHD Blog Debi ElliottBy Debi Elliott, February 9, 2011: Every child (and adult) with ADHD or ADD is unique. If for most ADHD sufferers it is true that DHA (omega-3) blood levels are too low, that doesn’t mean it is automatically also true for your own kid. So test before and after you start taking or administering omega-3 supplements.
Here are some cost effective tips and tricks for ADHD analysis options:

ADHD Test 1: Parent Test. You know your child best

ADHD Test 2: Omega-3 blood levels

ADHD Test 3: Internet and paper tests and questionnaires

ADHD Test 4: QEEG Brain map

Bottom line: don’t be smart about your brain and stupid in your wallet. Don’t waste hard-earned dollars on expensive supplements when they don’t make a difference, and don’t do expensive analyses when you get more or less the same information from simple tests. Continue reading the full version of this ADHD blog at Wellwise.org by Debi Elliott, one of the leading Boulder therapists for ADHD and ADD.
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Boulder therapy ADHD Blog 4: Eat your Brain!

January 25, 2011

ADHD Blog Debi ElliottBy Debi Elliott, January 25, 2011: People with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) often have a deficiency in omega-3s and phospholipids. Unfortunately, omega-3 phospholipids can be found in only a few natural sources. The most studied source is cow brain. However, that research came to a crashing halt when, in 1986, mad cow disease broke out in the UK. Now it is no longer a good idea to eat brain or spinal-cord tissue. As you might imagine, it wasn’t considered a big culinary loss when poached brain was removed from our menus.  Mothers always admonish their children to “eat your vegetables,” but seldom to “eat your brains!” The second most nutritious phospholipid omega-3 source is even less appealing: eye balls. Continue reading this ADHD Blog about the benefits of “Eating your Brain” at WellWise.org.

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Psychotherapy ADHD Blog 3: Burn sugar burn!

December 27, 2010

ADHD Blog Debi ElliottBy Debi Elliott, December 27, 2010: ADHD and ADD patients are severely limited because they typically run on sugar. Usually they function well for a few minutes, and then crash when their brains have used up all the glucose (sugar). In my Boulder neurofeedback clinic, the objective is to teach new brain patterns and behaviors, but it is frustrating for both patient and therapist when only the first 5-10 minutes of a session can be used optimally. Therefore, my first recommendation to patients is to limit their sugar intake. This sounds counter-intuitive because the brain runs on sugar, and less sugar means less energy. However, cheap sugars or refined sugars (soft drinks, candy, cookies) burn quickly, and when the glucose is used, the brain is done, too. Continue reading this ADHD Blog on www.wellwise.org: “The ADHD brain: Burn Sugar Burn!”

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Psychotherapy ADHD Blog 2: Feed your starving ADHD brain

December 7, 2010

ADHD Blog Debi ElliottBy Debi Elliott, December 7, 2010: I often see ADHD patients in my Boulder Quantitative EEG neurofeedback practice who do not have enough brain energy to develop new brain patterns. They quickly burn through their glucose (sugar) and completely lose their productivity during the remainder of the session. This is not only unproductive and costly, but also frustrating for both patient and therapist. Very much like a football coach who doesn’t want the quarter back to show up for training with a major hangover, it is likewise important that ADD and ADHD patients come to their training session in physical (brain) top condition. Continue reading this ADHD Blog on WellWise.org: “Feed the ADHD brain, then challenge the brain”.

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Psychotherapy ADHD Blog 1: Why Brain Fats Matter

November 30, 2010

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By Debi Elliott, November 30, 2010: Clinical research shows that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who took krill oil for 13 weeks normalized their electrical brain-activity patterns through QEEG brain mapping.  This was somewhat to be expected, because krill oil contains DHA phospholipids, a major brain-fat molecule, which plays a major role in brain function. Continue reading this ADHD blog on WellWise.org “Why Brain Fats Matter” for ADHD and Depression.
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