ADHD is a loose diagnosis for certain behavioural characteristics of lack of focus. It is not one disease and doesn’t have one cure.
More than 95% of people who are diagnosed with ADHD are misdiagnosed and given the wrong treatment.
Every treatment must be tailored towards your particular individual specific needs.
What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? (ADHD)
Are you having problems with focus and concentration?
Are you struggling with the side effects of medications prescribed for ADHD?
Do you know that hypnotherapy can help you focus and concentrate, without taking damaging medications?
ADHD is now more diagnosed in adulthood. When adults display a lack of ability to focus and anti-social behaviour, there can be confusion over the diagnosis.
Unfortunately, ADHD is now frequently being misdiagnosed in children to control children who appear different and demand more attention.
What causes lack of focus?
There is a myriad of physical and mental reasons why someone may not be able to focus such as:
- Metallic poisoning
- Mineral imbalance
- Genetic variations
- Brain injury
- Early onset dementia
- Heightened anxiety
- Hormonal imbalance
- Adrenal storm
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Personality disorders
- Schizoid Affective Disorder
- Emotional instability
- Social problems
- Family disturbances
- Lack of stimulation
- Lack of mental training
I screen, observe and test for these and sometime refer patients on for further tests. Unfortunately many psychiatrists are not generally trained to carry out these tests. This means they often make poor diagnoses and prescribe the wrong medications.
The diagnosis of ADHD can be temporary or long-term so it is important not to treat someone with a long-term treatment plan that may not be applicable in three months.
The evidence of misdiagnosis
Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) comes under the guidance of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth edition (DSM-5).
It is a cookie-cutter diagnosis. In other words it’s based on a one-size-fits-all human beings which can never be the case. Everyone has different talents and abilities and trying to make all humans the same is abuse.
In the US, Attitude reported that studies find 2.5 % and 4.4 % of people have ADHD: 5.4 % are men and 3.2% women and 9.4% of children between ages 2 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD. Science America reported that 1 in 6 people take psychiatric medications.
So, what we are actually seeing is a social phenomenon driven by a medical manual funded by drug companies.
The side-effects of ADHD medications
Three classes of medications are used for ADHD. The first includes stimulants like Adderall XR (amphetamine), Concerta (methylphenidate), Dexedrine (amphetamine), Evekeo (amphetamine), (dexmethylphenidate), Quillivant XR (methylphenidate), Ritalin (methylphenidate).
These medications can cause side effects such as anxiety, psychosis, paranoia, mood changes, blood pressure elevation, vomiting, muscle cramps, loss of appetite, insomnia, erectile dysfunction, movement disorder, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps and damage to social skills.
The second class of non-stimulant medications include Atomoxetine, Guanfacine, and Clonidine. Side effects can include suicidal thoughts, nausea, irritability, decreased blood pressure, lethargy, dizziness, and decreased appetite.
The third class is sleeping medications or antipsychotics that are used in order to help those on stimulants sleep and stop them becoming psychotic. This sets up a double dependency and cycle of the patient being hyper-stimulated and then subdued.
So now considering the level of misdiagnosis and we begin to see the medical abuse that often masquerades as treatment for ADHD.
There is no magic pill
As I said earlier, signs of ADHD are caused by a constellation of many aspects of your biological, mental and social make-up and circumstances.
No one, two, or three magic pills exist for you to solve the problem as if you were shopping for fast food.
It’s your body and life so we need to teach you fix it and look after it the very best you can all the time.
My approach to ADHD
If I was at school today I would be diagnosed with ADHD. I was mostly bored senseless at school, often didn’t find it stimulating enough and thought many teachers had a low levels of skills. On top of that they were just not teaching what I was interested in studying so I often didn’t go to school.
On my own I devoured books, got into college at 15 years old, university later, became a professional dancer and trained and qualified in a dozen health professions because I found them stimulating. I always have several projects on the go at the same time and go from one to the other to keep me engaged.
Not ADHD after all but a polymath.
My parents had little discipline. Ballet trained me to have absolute self-regulated discipline. Training the physical self is as important as training the mental self because they’re connected and interdependent.
I eat a near perfect diet, train regularly, sleep nine hours every night, work, research, publish, teach, avoid stress as much as possible, complete all my projects and find time for a long-term rewarding and loving relationship.
The holistic approach for ADHD
It’s long been clinically proven that people who experience ADHD signs have nutritional imbalances. Those must be corrected for improvement.
You may have allergies or have been exposed to high levels of toxins. Screening and observation can identify those so they can be addressed and detoxification can begin.
You may have signs of a mental disorder due to stress or life circumstances and as a clinical psychotherapist and mental health professional (PACFA) I will help you deal with those.
You also need to learn to train your mind with discipline and repetition which is where hypnotherapy comes in to help you.
Hypnotherapy can help you focus and concentrate
Your mind is flexible and hungry for stimulation all the time. The brain is plastic and when one part of it is damaged, sometimes another part of the brain may take over those tasks.
Hypnotherapy for ADHD is brain training.
Rather than fighting with your defence mechanisms in your conscious mind, trying to convince you to change, hypnosis accesses your unconscious mind.
Your unconscious mind is the true centre of your focusing mechanisms and behavioural routines. When I talk to your unconscious mind I’m talking to the boss.
You already have discipline or you wouldn’t be able to read this. Together with hypnosis we tap into your existing natural discipline and help you expand that to the other areas of your life where you need to be focused.