It is an amazement that this acknowledgement hasn´t been made sooner. Do you know of anyone this might apply to in reference ADHD and emotional concerns?
Printed with permission from https://neurosciencenews.com/adhd-emotional-instability-9780/
Summary: Researchers report ADHD and conduct disorder exhibit similar, overlapping changes in the brain.
Source: Karolinska Institute.
In both ADHD and emotional instability disorders (e.g. borderline and antisocial personality disorder as well as conduct disorder in children), the brain exhibits similar changes in overlapping areas, meaning that the two types of conditions should be seen as related and attention should be paid to both during diagnosis. This according to researchers at Karolinska Institutet behind a new study published inMolecular Psychiatry. The results can lead to a broader treatment for both conditions.
Clinical attention has long been paid to the fact that individuals with ADHD also demonstrate emotional problems, such as chaotic emotional responses, anxiety and depression. Yet the relationship between ADHD and impaired emotional regulation has not been identified, even if theories have been proposed that both conditions are rooted in a dysfunction in how the brain controls its information processing.
A new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden substantiated the hypothesis by showing how both ADHD and a form of emotional instability trait (conduct disorder trait in children) exhibit similar, overlapping changes in the brain. The study included more than 1,000 adolescents.
“We can call them sibling conditions, since they both involve partly overlapping underlying brain mechanisms, and therefore attention should be paid to both dimensions during diagnosis,” says Predrag Petrovic, associate professor at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet and consultant psychiatrist at North Stockholm Psychiatry.
It was with the help of structural brain imagery (MR) that the team was able to show how both ADHD and conduct disorder traits in adolescents manifested themselves in the form of reduced brain volume and surface area in parts of the frontal lobe and nearby regions. The affected parts of the brain were generally overlapping, but the researchers also found changes that were specifically related to ADHD symptoms or symptoms seen in conduct disorder. The study also included behavioural experiments that demonstrated both conditions.
“These results are important not least for the patients with emotional instability, since in many cases they are treated with scepticism and feel frustrated at not being taken seriously,” says Dr Petrovic. “We now show that this is related to changes in the brain that resemble those that have been observed in patients with ADHD, which can lead to a broader understanding and better diagnosis.”
The study was part of the IMAGEN-project, an EU-funded collaboration amongst several European countries that aims towards a better understanding of how the brain and behaviour develop.
The hope is that the study will not only lead to better diagnoses but also to better treatments, where people with an ADHD diagnosis can receive special therapy to help them better handle their emotions.
“We also need to do more research to understand if central stimulant medication used for ADHD can also produce positive results for people with emotional instability disorders,” says Dr Petrovic.
This is wonderful news for anyone who has suffered from the results of chemotherapy induced brain fog commonly called ¨chemo brain.¨
The article mentioned below is from the NeurOptimal® website and is the system I offer in my practice:
¨Zengar Institute, Inc. today announced the results of a new peer-reviewed study measuring the effects of NeurOptimal®Neurofeedback on patients suffering post-cancer cognitive impairment (PCCI) or “chemo-brain”. The research, conducted by the Applied Brain Research Foundation of Ohio, reported a 91% success rate for PCCI patients using NeurOptimal®Neurofeedback’s brain training system. 21 of the 23 participants in the study reported a complete reversal of the cognitive impairment or “mental fog” commonly associated with chemotherapy treatments.
The results of the study were published online April 12, 2013 in Integrative Cancer Therapies, a professional research journal. “Almost everyone improved and returned to normal levels. That was surprising and gratifying”, research director Jean Alvarez told The Cleveland Plain Dealer earlier this week. The neurofeedback system’s designer, Zengar Institute, Inc. released a statement through Operations Director, Samantha Diavatis, “The results are exciting, but behind the numbers is the fact that our system provided real relief for people struggling with cognitive impairment.”
As many as 70% of patients who undergo treatment for cancer experience diminished cognitive function side effects, including impaired memory, loss of verbal fluidity, or increased anxiety or depression. While the cause of PCCI is largely unknown, chemo brain has become a subject of growing interest within the medical community.
The NeurOptimal® neurofeedback (aks EEG biofeedback) system used in the study was not altered or customized to treat chemo brain specifically, nor does the training software target specific neural areas to ‘fix’ cognitive performance problems. Instead, the unique NeurOptimal® program prompts the brain’s own natural resources to self-correct any impairment, regardless of cause. As a result, NeurOptimal® neurofeedback can be effective across a broad range of conditions and complaints beyond chemo brain.
The 23 study participants – women aged 43 to 70 who had all undergone previous treatment for breast cancer – received biofeedback/neurofeedback sessions twice a week for 10 weeks. Changes in sleep quality, cognitive function and energy levels were monitored and recorded. At the end of the study, test results showed 21 of the 23 participants experienced a reversal of their cognitive impairment. Zengar Institute, Inc. Director Samantha Diavatis added: “The fact that Dr. Alvarez’s results were run through a rigorous peer-review system is further proof that NeurOptimal® is a superior neurofeedback system.”
The link to the published edition is
Please share any thoughts you have concerning this information. Do you know of anyone who suffers from chemo brain ?
How I came to create Arkansas Neurofeedback
I had been in the banking industry for over 25 years at the creation level of companies such as Capital One Financial, United Healthcare and the creation of Health Savings Accounts. More recently I crossed over to credit unions because I preferred the personalization of one on one relationship building to help families and individuals improve their lives.
I discovered Neuroptimal(R) after having a total hip replacement and suffering extended short term memory loss. The stress of feeling like I was losing my mind and the fear I had developed early onset dementia or Alzheimer's caused increased muscle tension throughout my body to the extent I could not hold my head up normally and I was in excruciating pain. With all this I was unable to function appropriately in my career at the credit union and I had to go on disability. I was miserable and depressed but determined I had to do something because this boulder in the road of my life had to move.
After 12 -15 sessions of Neuroptimal(R) neurofeedback my short term memory returned as well as improved sleep, the ability to speak up for myself, improved self esteem and joy in life! With this also improved my muscle health and with the help of my physical therapist and massage therapist my agonizing muscle pain diminished. I learned that many professional athletes, attorneys, business owners, students and artists also use NeurOptimal® neurofeedback for bio-hacking their way to peak performance.
I decided to offer this wonderful brain training to others so they may experience improvements in their lives as well and so I began a new career. This advanced neurofeedback training improves the central nervous system and I have seen clients helped with anger issues, anxiety, brain fog from medication and chemotherapy, fears, focus issues, low self esteem and much more. If you improve your central nervous system, you improve your life.
Each of us is different and so each of us will notice different changes but the commonality is improvement of your life!
I look forward to sharing your journey to a better life. Welcome to Arkansas Neurofeedback!
Many years ago I began writing poetry with the pen name of Serenity and my explanatory poem was:
Simply call me Serenity
For that is my life...
The name given me
After much pain and strife.
I was raised in the deep South in the generation of ¨children should be seen and not heard, ¨ and ¨ladies don´t raise their questions or their voices¨.
So yes, I was shy and did what I was told, as I´m sure many of you did. And I never spoke my truth if it was different or could in any way be seen as a contradiction to what was the norm.
This inadvertently led to some bad situations where I was not protected as I should have been. Where I did not speak up or out and I suffered the consequences for years. Maybe I will speak more about that later, but for now I am focusing on my ¨new normal.¨
Low self esteem over the years led me to some rocky and abusive marriages where I felt I had to fix everything and everyone. I was last on the to do list if at all. If I was asked where I wanted to eat or wanted to do, I always choose what I felt the other person wanted regardless of what I truly wanted.
To compound my problems I recently had surgery and the anesthesia left me with extended short term memory loss. I couldn´t remember the simplest things and was making serious mistakes in my job. Compounding this was the stress it created which led to muscle spasms and excruciating pain. I was forced to go on disability years before I planned to retire.
Then I found NeurOptimal® and I was able to correct many of the bumps in the road of my life. It helped my central nervous system self adjust and my short term memory returned. My stress subsided, my sleep improved, my pain lessened and I found my voice.
I have learned to speak up for myself. I have realized I have an important place in life and I take part in decision making. I am a person of value. Gone is the anxiety of saying the wrong thing or someone disagreeing. I am now sharing this opportunity for others to create their own ¨New Normal¨ and learn of the joy life has to offer.
I have learned to Speak my Truth.
What about you?