What is ADHD


ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a label which is given to children and to adults when they show certain symptoms, like not being able to concentrate or complete tasks. They can be  fidgety, impulsive, demanding and sometimes they can be very challenging or confrontational physically and verbally. Very often they have problems at school or work and certainly not achieving their full potential.


These behaviours cause problems for family members, friendship groups and school / workplace, but most importantly for the individual  concerned. They certainly do not chose to behave like this and the source of frustration can often add to the problem creating a vicious cycle.


Prior to the 1980s these symptoms were not collectively defined as ADHD, but since that time – the condition has been labelled and grown beyond all proportions. After diagnosis, medication is usually prescribed which at best is described as controversial even by the medical profession concerned. Certainly a number of hospitalizations and deaths have been attributed to medication which can often make the symptoms worse and even create new symptoms.


There is no known established reason as to what has caused this increase in cases of ADHD but what is known is that the ADHD sufferer has got their brain running at a different speed to people who are not suffering these type of symptoms. It’s a little bit like having your foot on the throttle full pelt whilst stuck in a traffic jam!


Imagine what that is like?


Everyone else is stuck around you and you are just burning your engine out – racing into everything and everyone that is around you…and you can’t stop!


All the information coming into you is at the speed of light and you haven’t got the space to take it on board – you are on permanent overload.


Everything you do, say, think, feel, eat, experience and attempt is at a different speed to everyone else around you and they do not understand – cannot help and probably get extremely aggravated with you. To make it worse you feel everything around you at an amplified rate and you are not able to explain to anyone else what that feels like?


Welcome to the world of the ADHD sufferer – and you know what?


The traditional answer to this problem is medication which changes the gear – it’s a bit like crashing down the gear box – so that you are in first gear whilst everyone else is in third. You’re running in slow motion whilst everyone else is on fast forward… but then other things start to change… the world becomes numbed… the input via your senses is out of synchronization. Food becomes a major factor and creates overload or aversion… and sleep doesn’t come easily anymore. The only way you’ve learned to cope with experience around you before has now been turned inside out and the switch has been turned off – it’s like the interaction with everything around you is different and certainly it’s a different world and it doesn’t do the same things any more – why play, why venture into it? The answer is to urn inward and switch off – but again – there is no way to explain this and if you could – ‘they’ wouldn’t understand it anyway.


There is a way to understand ADHD, why it’s happening to so many young people now. It’s all to do with the way we learn – take on board the experience around us and how the mind, the brain and the body process this within the environment we interact with.


When we understand how that happens on a step by step basis we can start to address where the imbalance is and Put in support to heal and harmonise. To bring everything to synchronization.


There is a perfectly natural, perfectly safe way to help people with ADHD called Holistic Educational Therapy and what is worth knowing is that it is perfectly effective, visit our home page for more details.


Linda Porter ( BA., Cert.Ed.,MIPTI, MFSHG, BFRP,MACTA, Dip.Phy. ASSOCIAT reg.) who is a specialist in behaviours / psychology / Education and  complementary therapies

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