The most common type of medication to treat ADHD is stimulants. Stimulants reduce ADHD symptoms by increasing the levels of chemicals in the brain, predominantly dopamine and norepinephrine, to allow neuropathways to work more effectively. As a result, individuals will see improvements with their behavior, attention span, focus and task completion, as long as the medication is being taken.
Stimulant Side Effects
While stimulants are 70-80% effective, 30-20% still struggle with their symptoms. And of that 70-80% that are taking medication, some still experience systemic side effects, or side effects that affect the whole body. Some side effects include but are not limited to:
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Problems
- Weight Loss
Fortunately, there are other treatment options for ADHD such as MeRT, or Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy, a non-invasive, drug-free treatment.
What is MeRT and how does it work?
MeRT is an extensively personalized treatment for a range of mental health conditions including ADHD. This revolutionary technology allows you and your doctor to directly measure, analyze and improve brain function. By measuring and analyzing brainwave activity, MeRT assesses the communication quality between neurons and custom designs treatment protocols to optimize brain function. These treatment protocols are tailored to each individual’s unique brain pattern and are created with the help of TMS therpy, EEG and EKG. Consequently, MeRT visibly reshapes brainwave activity and strengthens functionality to improve health outcomes.
MeRT takes a different approach by researching and targeting brainwaves in four simple stages:
- Record Brain Frequencies The MeRT treatment process begins with a resting-state electroencephalogram (EEG), electrocardiogram (EKG) to detect the unique frequency pattern occurring within each patient’s brain.
- Analyze and Review We then derive deep insight into each patient’s brain health to develop a customized TMS protocol that optimizes brain synchrony.
- Treat for Synchrony MeRT treatment uses an FDA-cleared technology called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS); a safe, drug-free, non-invasive treatment that improves the synchrony of your brain waves, and therefore your cognitive health.
- Progress Evaluation Every 10 treatments, sequential EEG recordings document progress and guide treatment.
Does MeRT have any side effects?
Overall, patients tolerate MeRT very well with minimal side effects. The most commonly reported side effect is a temporary, mild headache at the site of stimulation, which responds well to over-the-counter pain relievers.
MeRT for ADHD
Children and adults with developmental delays will often have signature indicators that appear in the front three-quarters of the brain. These brainwaves are dominated by a mix of slow (Delta & Theta waves) and high (Beta wave) frequency behavior, whereas a neurotypical patient would usually have one dominant frequency in the alpha band of activity.
MeRT uses state of the art neuroimaging to map and identify brain activity to see where brin function is disrupted and may not be communicating effectively. From there, MeRT is able to specifically nurture those areas to improve functionality. And with an in-depth understanding of your unique neurophysiology, we guide treatment to accelerate learning and development.
By synchronizing the brain or neural activity communication, individuals with ADHD can experience improvement in attention and concentration, learning, reduced impulsivity and overall better quality of life.
To learn more about MeRT treatment for ADHD, or to schedule a consultation, contact us with our online form or give us a call at (877) 847-3984.