Have you been diagnosed with 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 medications?
ADHD is not generally diagnosed in adulthood. When adults display a lack of ability to focus and anti-social behaviour, other diagnoses are generally given.
There is a myriad of physical reasons why someone may not be able to focus, such as metallic poisoning, brain injury, early onset dementia and heightened anxiety levels due to hyperthyroidism or adrenal storm.
Adult anti-social behaviour is more likely to gain a diagnosis of extreme stress, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizoid Affective Disorder, emotional derangement, hormonal imbalance, and possible investigation of brain tumours or non-specific psychopathology. It is far rarer for ADHD to be diagnosed in adulthood on the basis of antisocial disorders.
Hypnotherapy can help you focus and concentrate
While there are cases where clinicians diagnose ADHD in adults, adults are more difficult to observe than children and clinicians generally only know limited amounts about your life. By the time you have reached adulthood, your personality tends to have generally become a well-established set of thought patterns and behaviours. Either this is through early conditioning or lack of a nurturing environment that teaches you social skills when you were a child and adolescent.
Generally the key axis of diagnosis from ADHD is both lack of focus and anti-social behaviour. To give an adult amphetamine-type drugs to cure these personality traits is in itself a contradiction. While stimulant-type drugs give the impression of lengthening attention span, they also increase antisocial behaviours.
You often become so focused that you are unable to see the bigger picture by which you gauge your own social behaviour. Some of the side-effects of ADHD medications are agitation, increased anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, loss of interest is sex, erectile dysfunction, failure to maintain a relationship, and further anti-social behaviour.
Also major problems can occur when doctor start to layer medications. When treatments they are using are not working they can add ADHD medications in a desperate attempt to get a result but the patient become even more disorientated.
Hypnosis can help you apply yourself with discipline
Treatment for adults with ADHD-type personality without drugs, requires you to establish a daily routine, practice repetition and constantly engage in mind training exercises and psychotherapy.
You need to increase cognitive clarity and change your behavioural routines. This requires focused therapy over some considerable time. You must be committed to therapy on a regular basis without exception.
This therapy must include a lifestyle, nutritional, supplementation and medication review. Your body must be free of stimulant-type medication so that the mind can focus as it starts to forge new neural pathways in your brain to introduce new daily behaviours into your life. These new pathways and behaviours help you follow through on tasks, to focus and to become more goal-directed, as well as improving your social skills.
Regular hypnosis is a key accelerator in this change along with supporting psychotherapy. Hypnosis helps reduce anxiety levels, increases focus and reprograms your mind to be more habitually proactive in a goal-directed way. In doing this, the new neural pathways forged in the brain increase neuro-receptor effectiveness. The brain is like a muscle, the more you work it, the stronger and more effective it becomes.
When I work with patients with an ADHD diagnosis, I use hypnotically assisted cognitive behaviour therapy, mind training techniques, nutritional and life review to improve cognitive abilities and induce behaviour changes.
I also practice orthomolecular medicine using nutrition, minerals and herbal medicine. This is peer reviewed scientifically sited approaches. If you can help someone without giving them drugs it is always the first approach that should be taken to avoid side effects.
If I were at school today, I would be diagnosed with ADHD and teachers would try to have me medicated. The reason teachers could not keep my attention was because most of them were poorly trained, there were forty children in a class, I was completely bored with the curriculum, the learning process was far too slow for my brain which processes information quickly.
I didn’t want to be in those classes – I wanted to be in the ballet studio because I knew I would earn my living as a professional dancer. At college I ate science for breakfast because it was my second love so I did extremely well in both those fields. I’ve had marvelous careers, trained in 11 professions and been a prolific researcher as well as a clinician, all because I was working in areas of interest.
My point is we must look for people’s gifts in helping them – not force them into a box.
Parents, school teachers, friends, relatives and employers tend to write off people with ADHD behaviour and not challenge them to become more mindful. But becoming more mindful is exactly what can help you gain greater control of your ability to focus and improve social behaviour, and this change is more effective with the help of hypnosis.