View Full Version : Anyone Tried Neuroplasticity Treatment?


JosieLee
12-13-13, 04:30 PM
Just wondering if anyone has tried/heard of Neuroplasticity treatment for ADHD/OCD?

Here is a link to Wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroplasticity

My mother :eyebrow: believes it will solve all my husbands problems. My psychologist has told me it is very successful for depression, particularly Bipolar, but not so for ADHD/OCD.

Mum has Bipolar so I challenged her yesterday to try it for herself but she informs me her illness is chemical so this would not help. Is ADHD not chemical too? If not, why would hubby's Ritalin be working so well?

daveddd
12-13-13, 04:38 PM
what is the neuro[plasticity treatment for adhd

dvdnvwls
12-13-13, 04:39 PM
My ex was hot on this trend as well.

Your mother has no understanding of ADHD. Lend her some books. :)

JosieLee
12-15-13, 02:36 PM
Another link, but I'm still trying to find examples of how it works:
http://merzenich.positscience.com/about-brain-plasticity/

No she has no understanding & doesn't want to understand. She just keeps saying this will work.
I challenged her yesterday to find a specialist here that does this. I also, for the hundredth time told her to read some books on ADHD. Will she, no. So I will not discuss this with her again.
People are quick to judge & have an opinion but are idiots.

sarahsweets
12-15-13, 04:12 PM
Aside from the injections of progesterone ot looks like a new windrow of opportunity for people to sell their brain exercise products.

Amtram
12-15-13, 05:05 PM
Anyone who is selling a "neuroplasticity treatment" is cashing in on the general misunderstanding of the potentials and limits of neuroplasticity.

If neuroplasticity treatments worked, stroke victims would all be able to recover to their full level of functioning, as if it never happened.

Rebelyell
12-15-13, 05:24 PM
I know this is off subject ,my co workers ex gf was a smokeaholic nothing worked for her.Then she got this controversial laser treatment and co worker swore by it she quit like overnight.he wasn't affiliated w the company,no kickbacks etc and they gave her a 2 year guarantee if it didn't work they would repeat the process.I sometimes think and wonder if the technology for certain things can have major benefits for other things left in question or untested?

Amtram
12-15-13, 06:12 PM
Rebelyell, that happens often enough that it's used to sell all kinds of untested stuff. Yeah, it is a real thing, but usually it's discovered during the process of testing and experimentation.

Neuroplasticity treatments that are of the "brain training" variety have been tested, and they really don't make anyone do anything better except the puzzles and exercises that are part of the program. They are completely unable to deliver any of the miraculous results they promise, in test after test after test.

The most successful use of neuroplasticity in a "brain training" type of situation is, indeed, in the area of recovery from traumatic brain injury. Physical/occupational therapy, speech therapy, certain types of music or art therapy or even play therapy can help build alternative pathways for certain brain functions under certain conditions - and the results are generally reasonable improvements in fairly specific areas of function.

The closest you'd be able to come in terms of that type of success would probably be cognitive behavioral therapy for ADHD. The reason for this is that much like the other therapies, there are strategies designed for the particular areas that need improvement and they are modified by how well they work for an individual patient as seen by a trained therapist who is working directly with that patient. And also like these therapies, it's designed not to "rewire the brain" as its goal, but to teach the individual how to do a task differently - the "rewiring the brain" is what happens in the process, and it's very similar to what happens when we put time and effort into learning anything that's a new way of doing something.

These brain training programs can't deliver what they promise because they're not doing that. They're puzzles and games. You can do Sudoku every day of the week, and it's not going to turn you into a math genius. You can do crossword puzzles and not improve your public speaking abilities. You just get better at Sudoku and crossword puzzles.

Rebelyell
12-15-13, 06:16 PM
I get and understand that I do,most of this stuff I consider snake oil myself.

JosieLee
12-16-13, 02:26 PM
I have been unable to find any evidence on the net that this treatment has helped with ADHD. If there was I'm sure my husband & many others would be giving it a go.

Almost every time I visit with mum she insinuates he is just lazy & unwilling to help himself. It MAY have a slight affect on his OCD but as I've explained a million times to her his obsessions aren't things like washing hands 20 times a day or checking locked doors but more emotional obsessions. For example, his tattoo that he got some time ago, to him it was the most horrid thing he'd ever seen but to you & I it was perfectly fine. He obsessed about it for months, was depressed & unable to move on. Eventually he spent every cent we had getting it fixed.
He does obsess & get agitated at clutter around the house, especially the toys our twins leave all over the place but kids will be kids. Instead of cleaning it up he just gets so wound up.
I'd love it if he'd obsess about the housework & do that for me ;)

He's getting really slack at trying to help himself, I've borrowed books for him to read which are still sitting there unread but he can sit on the computer all day reading about fishing, which is his passion. In saying that, he never goes fishing, apparently where we live there are no fish!

We'll that was way off topic. I'd really love to shut mum up once & for all about this subject.