The diagnosis “ADHD” describes a range of issues, but ADHD is not a mental illness, it is simply a description of difficulties. Most importantly, ADHD has no single neurological cause, and therefore there is no single, effective treatment.
As neuroimaging becomes increasingly refined, it reveals the complexity of human attention and cortical self-regulation. It shows that the difficulties commonly described as “ADHD” can be caused by an almost infinite number of issues, very few of which are improved by ADHD medications.
It is only with functional brain imaging (qEEG) that we’re able to identify the specific brain regions (or networks) that are dysregulated, and target them precisely with neurofeedback to normalize their function. When this is done correctly, an ADHD diagnosis is simply a starting point for treatment and resolution, rather than a statement of limitation.