If your child doesn’t stop moving, doesn’t pay enough attention when you talk to them, and has a lot of trouble concentrating, ask yourself if they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
ADHD is a chronic disorder, the symptoms of which are first recognized at the age of 3-5 years, when the child starts daycare or school.
This neurological disorder usually continues into adulthood, but with less obvious symptoms if it has been diagnosed and treated.
No genetic causes have been found to cause ADHD. However, there may be a family history. 25% of people diagnosed with ADHD have someone close to them in their family environment who also has ADHD.
Usually the educator is the first to recognize ADHD in the child and talk to the parents, thanks to their experience of how each child responds in the classroom. In turn, the parents turn to a pediatrician or a specialist psychiatrist who will diagnose the child, observing his behavior.
There is no other type of diagnostic test for children.
For adults, however, a simple test was developed by an advisory committee of the World Health Organization in collaboration with independent psychiatrists, based on the newest criteria for diagnosing the disorder and consisting of 6 basic questions. A study of this test has been published in the journal Jama Physiatry.
As we said, the ADHD diagnosis test for adults consists of 6 questions. These are:
- How often do you find it difficult to concentrate on what is being said to you, even if someone is speaking directly to you?
- How often do you get up from your seat in situations where you are required to remain still for a long time (eg during a business meeting)?
- How often do you find it difficult to wind down or relax in your free time?
- 4. When having a conversation, how often do you find yourself finishing the other person’s sentences before they can?
- How often do you put off your obligations until the last minute?
- How often do you find yourself depending on others to organize your life or meet your obligations?
The answers that can be given show the frequency: “never” which gets 0 points, “rarely” which gets 1 point, “sometimes” which gets 2 points, “often” which gets 3 points and “very often” which gets 4 grades. If answering these questions you have a score of 14 points or more, you should seek a specialist for the final diagnosis.
According to research, 4% of adults have ADHD.
ADHD types & symptoms
There are three types of ADHD:
- The dominant type of attention deficit
- The dominant type of hyperactivity – impulsivity
- The combination formula of the two dominant formulas
Symptoms of the dominant type of attention deficit disorder are:
- Has anxiety about time-consuming tasks, which require attention and detail
- Misses deadlines
- Forgets appointments
- Seems like he doesn’t pay attention to others
- Procrastinates all the time
- Has a poor relationship with time
- Loses things
- Does not keep promises
- Gets tired easily when something lasts for a long time, whether it is a conversation or work
- Keeps losing things
The symptoms of the dominant type of hyperactivity-impulsivity are:
- Constantly changes position, often goes to the toilet, cannot stay still in one position for a long time
- Talks constantly, interrupts others
- He seems to be in a constant motion and never relaxes
- Gets irritated when he has to wait for others
- He says things, without thinking about them, which then put him in a difficult position
- Often violates others’ boundaries
- Keeps starting different new hobbies and activities that he does not complete
- Seeks adrenaline, and creates dramas to live it
- Has frequent mood swings, gets angry easily, shows symptoms of depression and low self-esteem
Obviously, the symptoms of the combined type are the symptoms of both types.
In the documentary “Shine a light – Understanding ADHD” Bryn Travers who has the disorder describes his life with a phrase that says it all “I feel like a universe, crammed into a shoebox”.
How the person with ADHD interacts with others
If you have the above symptoms, you already know it.
Relationships with others can range from difficult to downright disastrous.
How easy is it for someone in family, friendship and work to show tolerance when you seem to not pay attention to them, when you don’t keep the promises you make, when you are late and have your own frenetic pace, when you get angry from one moment to the next? Not much!
Because of this, it is likely to be particularly difficult to maintain your relationships, and you may often need to form new relationships or look for new jobs.
This reality is even more difficult if you have not been diagnosed with ADHD and no one knows that many of the things you feel and do are symptoms of this disorder.
Without this knowledge, it is natural to appear to others that you are just indifferent and in your own world.
ADHD and SOCIAL MEDIA
It is even more difficult to diagnose ADHD in the modern world of social media, where more and more people lose the power to concentrate on one point, since they are constantly bombarded by notifications and advertisements.
Therefore, a measured use of them is needed, so that the already aggravated symptoms do not worsen.
The importance of a good educational system
Children with ADHD see the world differently and learn differently. Beyond the symptoms of ADHD they have many gifts and possibilities. A pedagogical system is good when it supports children with ADHD, and knows how to reduce their barriers to learning and how to promote their virtues. After all, one of the first things we learn in life is that we are all different and there cannot be one right way or one approach for everyone. A good educator will inspire the greatest progress in any child regardless of whether they have ADHD or not.
Treatment – Methods of treatment
After diagnosis by the specialist, medication can be given. As far as children are concerned, the cooperation of educators and parents is important. For adults, it is good that medication is supplemented by counseling.
Other ways to deal with it are:
- exercise. If you have ADHD, you are hyperactive and definitely need to release some of your excess energy.
- good nutrition, starting with a good breakfast that supports you throughout the day and stimulates your attention.
- order in the space, because clutter creates even more lack of attention.
- stopping medication or stopping counselling. The combination of the two helps reduce symptoms.
- caffeine that helps the brain function properly and enhances attention.
- avoiding sugar in the diet, because it causes even more overstimulation.
If you are the parent of a child diagnosed with ADHD:
- Collaborate with educators and medical specialists
- Keep his room tidy and tidy
- Organize his obligations better with him
- Reward him for every good effort
- Cultivate his interest in group hobbies and activities
- Allow some breaks in his time
If you are the one living with ADHD symptoms, you may relate to the testimony of Rebecca Nicholls, Energy Master and Fullness Coach at http://drrachelvgow.com/resources-news/real-life-stories/my-life-with-adhd/ Rebecca begins her testimony by saying:
“I wish I could type as fast as I can talk. I wish the world could keep up with my brain. If only you could see the world through my eyes you wouldn’t want to change me, because life is so magical and beautiful and charming and it’s all mine for the taking.”
Rebecca talks about a lot, about the battle she fought as a child, how she managed to come to terms with the symptoms of ADHD and bring out the positives in it, how she supports her child, also with ADHD, to live up to his potential his at full. He puts special emphasis on how there is nothing wrong with having ADHD and how important it is to accept yourself so that the world can accept you, without imposing its own rules on you. Not because you have ADHD, but because you are wonderfully different, like every human being.
Like blocked chakras, overactive chakras negatively affect the natural flow of energy.
Meditate alone or with the help of crystals. Meditation will help you relax, calm your nervous system, focus your attention somewhere, experience the moment. Even just a few minutes daily can help reduce symptoms.
Use the healing power of positive affirmations. Repeat out loud, several times:
- I can calm and relax myself
- Every day, I concentrate better on what interests me
- I focus on what makes me feel good
- I feel peace and balance
Balancing all the chakras in your body can bring about essential peace within you and enhance your power of concentration.
Energy Healing – Your Growth Guide
Let’s talk about how ADHD affects your own life and find the right energy therapy for you to feel the relaxation and focus you desire.
Whichever energy therapy you choose, it will work in addition to your medication and counselling. No medications are provided.