This health video focuses on ways to manage ADD without the use of medication.
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Jennifer Matthews: Watching 12-year-old Alex ride his bike, you'd never know he struggles with ADD. Alex Goode: I knew that I had a problem, and I knew that I wanted to fix it. Jennifer Matthews: Outside of school, Alex was tired all the time. In school, he couldn't concentrate. Alex Goode: I just couldn't get my thoughts out because I was always staring off into space. Jennifer Matthews: Then Alex met Shyra, Doctor Jeffrey Fannin's sidekick. Shyra eases the tension, while Doctor Fannin works with Alex to change his behavior. Jeffrey Fannin: What we're trying to do with Alex is speed up the front part of his brain. Typically with Attention Deficit Disorder, we have too much slow-wave activity in the front of the brain. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Fannin performed brain mapping on Alex using EEG imaging. Brain mapping illustrates deficiencies in different areas in Alex's brain. With the help of a listening tool and graphics, Alex can see and hear his brainwaves and learns how to increase his own brain activity. Several sessions later, Alex is able to concentrate again. Jeffrey Fannin: The brain will then learn, 'Oh yes; when I'm reading or doing homework, I'm supposed to speed up' because he's getting the auditory response. Jennifer Matthews: Over time, Alex won't need the high-pitched sounds to tell him he's on the right track. He's already noticed a difference. Alex Goode: From getting ready for school in the morning to doing my homework, I can't name a thing that this training hasn't helped me in. Jennifer Matthews: Alex has found his focus and a new friend. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.