Monday, August 5, 2013 2 Comments
“Too many people don’t care what happens
so long as it doesn’t happen to them.”
~ William Howard Taft
“Always do right; this will gratify some people
and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain
Throwing down the Gauntlet:
a challenge to ADD professionals
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Brain-based Coaches for Brain-based Symptoms
As we learned in an earlier article in this series, TBI Part I, neuropsychological impairments caused by brain injury may be characterized in terms of three functional systems, foundational in the Challenges of ADD Spectrum dysregulations as well as those of the community of those who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injuries of various sorts.
(1) intellect, which is the information-handling aspect of behavior;
(2) emotionality, which concerns feelings and motivations; and
(3) control, which has to do with how behavior is expressed.
Source: Neuropsychological Assessment, 3nd Ed., 1995, by Muriel D. Lezak
Remember also that, according to the
Brain Wellness and BioFeedback Center of Washington, D.C.
there is substantial overlap in the symptoms that are diagnostic
for both MTBI* and ADD.
“Overlap” commonly includes trouble with some or all of the following:
- distraction hypersensitivity
- short-term memory
– and occasionally –
- impaired social skills, and
- mood swings
These observations are supported by quantitative data from brain imaging studies with children and adults diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. Single photon emission computed tomography [SPECT] and positron emission tomography [PET] scan studies show decreased metabolism in many areas of the brain that are involved in various cognitive processes including attentional, inhibitory, and decision making behaviors.
*MTB - “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury,” a term that has fallen into disfavor because there is nothing mild about it’s cognitive after-effects. Research has shown that even a “mild” case of TBI can result in long-lasting neurological issues that include slowing of cognitive processes, confusion, chronic headache, post traumatic stress disorder and depression.