Posted on March 12 2010
As a 38 year-old husband, father of four, and leader of an organization I had a lot of responsibilities so I figured that my anxiety was normal. I struggled to turn my brain off at night and therefore I couldn’t fall and stay asleep. So, almost two years ago, I started to take Xanax to turn me off and get some rest. The anxiety I had was always present and it made me feel like I was in a rush and it made me blow things out of proportion.
My wife encouraged me to pursue “Ready To Focus” and seek some relief. During my first visit my anxiety was seen clearly in the numbers as I went through an assessment. (Ready To Focus Clinical Director) Brad Oostindie explained that my mind is stuck in the “fight or flight” mode and that they could help.
As I began the program I wondered how watching DVDs would help me, but as I went through the program I found myself more focused, less uptight and finally able to sleep. I got off the Xanax and my wife commented about the changes she saw in me. Finally the runaway train of my mind got under control and now I’m “Ready to Focus.”
Thanks to “Ready to Focus” for your support and good work!
Posted on February 8 2010
By Brad Oostindie, MA, LLP - Clinical Director
Last month I had the pleasure of visiting the Meysen Academy in Sendai, Japan. This is the third international school I have visited (India - 2003 and Dominican Republic 2007) and I found the experience to be very informative. The Meysen Academy is known for its interactive learning style, teaching English as a second language, and is a community leader in the area. There are two Meysen campuses in Sendai and about 4000 students attend classes at the school everyday.
Prior to going to Japan I spent sometime researching topics related to the Ready To Focus program as it related to this trip. A recent UNICEF study placed Japan in the top 5 of countries for scores in math and science. Only 2.2% of the high school age students in Japan fell below international benchmarks of achievement. This is compared to 16.2% of students in the United States falling below benchmarks during the same time period. Also, you may not be aware of this but according to the National Institute of Health the United States uses approximately 85% of all the stimulant medication produced in the world. Although ADHD is recognized in Japan and different types of psychostimulant medication are used for treatment, the treatment model follows a paradigm of using medication as a last resort as opposed to a first line of intervention in all but the most serious cases.
In Japan the model of ADHD intervention is as follows:
1. Environmental coordination and psychoeducation.
2. Behavioral Therapy.
3. Review of these interventions.
4. Specialists (for drugs or other therapies).
A link to this research article is provided below.
There is so much more I could report regarding my visit to the Meysen Academy! I hope you find this information helpful as you consider your own child’s academic, behavior, and other needs and as you make decisions on how to best intervene for your child in these areas. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com for more information.
Posted on December 16 2009
This quick article by the Mayo Clinic summarizes the effectiveness of using Biofeedback for these conditions. They report your medical costs may actually decrease by using these methods!
Posted on September 28 2009
Posted by Brad Oostindie, MA, LLP - Chief Clinician and Founder of Ready To Focus
Although many studies exist showing the efficacy of Neurofeedback treatment in ADHD there have been criticisms of these studies due to their smaller sample sizes, lack of a control group, among other issues. This recent study published in the Clinical EEG and Neuroscience Journal (July 2009) addresses those issues and shows Neurofeedback as a Level 5 (efficacious and specific) treatment for ADHD. Level 5 criteria means the treatment (in this case neurofeedback) “needs to be demonstrated to be statisically superior to a credible sham therapy, pill, or bona fide treatment in at least two independent studies.” This current study, which is a meta-analysis of several studies, shows this level 5 criteria to be met. The study also addresses other issues related to Neurofeedback including long-term positive effects (such as 3 month, 6 month, and 2 year follow up studies) and issues related to pre and post QEEG studies and pre and post continuous performance testing studies. I believe this study to be the most comprehensive and conclusive in terms of addressing the issue of whether or not Neurofeedback is a scientifically “proven” treatment.