ADD/ADHD

ADD/ADHD is not very well understood in spite of being very commonly diagnosed  in North America today.

It was first identified by a German Doctor in 1848 who wrote a book for children called “Fidgety Phil.” This is the story of a boy who had to learn to control his behaviour.  Although a children’s story, it is actually a book telling children how they must behave.

Phil had all of the symptoms which we now call ADD.  He was impulsive and unfocused.   At the turn of the century a medical research study was done on a group of children whose attention span was outside the “normal” range.  The causes were unknown,  just as the causes are today,  but these kids were recognized as having problems which created similar symptoms to what we now call ADD.

In 1917, when an epidemic of encephalitis swept the world, a large number of children who recovered from this disease developed the symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

These are the core symptoms of ADD.

Today over 18 million Americans have received the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  It is found more often in boys than girls (3:1).  Girls usually have the type of ADD that shows up as inattention. Boys overwhelmingly show the hyperactivity symptoms.

According to the most current guidelines published by the American Psychiatric Association in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders IV (DSM IV) the disorder is known as ADD with several types:

1. Predominately Inattention

2. Predominately Impulsive

3. Combined.  Individuals with this condition usually have many of the following: inattention, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and/or emotional instability.

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Remember: All ADD children and adults have specialized learning requirements.

1. Structure: free time creates anxiety.

2. Routine: need time to blow off steam, but predictable routine creates greater balance.

3. Communication: needs to be very specific, one concept at a time.  Ask “what did you hear me say?”.  Too many options create confusion and sets off the ping/pong effect in their brains.

Communication needs to be:

a. Short

b. Concise

c. To the point

4. Self-Management skills: Training in how to handle themselves in different situations. These are effectively done through mental rehearsals in hypnotic trance as well as group games and social interaction.

In The Power Within program, both, adult and children are taught Self Hypnosis and encouraged to practice daily.  Self Hypnosis is a very powerful tool because the subconscious/unconscious mind does not know the difference between what is real and what is vividly imagined.  Vivid imagination/visualization is done using the five major senses – seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, smelling. 

An example is: a child could ‘see’ themselves in school, interacting with peers, having fun and not anxious about not understanding or comprehending math.   ‘Hearing’ the teacher, explaining math and understanding all that is being taught.  ‘Feeling’ the thrill in the body because the grades are now improving in math.

Here’s how it’s done..

Begin by sitting in a nice comfortable chair or couch.

1. Close your eyes

2. Take in three deep breaths deep from the belly. 

3. Count backwards from 10 to 1…nice and slow.

4. Feel the body relax..

5. Clearing the mind

6. Give yourself positive suggestions eg.  I feel calm and relaxed and Everyday in every way I’m getting better and better.

7. Count yourself back from 1 to 5 saying to yourself “when I come out of this deep rest, this deep peacefulness, I’ll be fully refreshed, fully alert and wide awake”.

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