Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects a significant portion of our population.
Did you know that 1 in 10 children between ages 5 to 17 years receives an ADD/ADHD diagnosis?
This article delves into the nuances of ADHD, its prevalence, the positive traits associated with it, and the importance of diagnosis and treatment.
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ADHD is a lot more common than most realise. Estimates suggest that one in ten people might have ADHD.
This condition was first described about a century ago.
While it seems more prevalent today, it’s primarily because we’ve become better at recognising it.
Interestingly, the incidence of ADHD remains consistent across various countries and races
It’s not just children who experience ADHD. In fact, of the teenagers diagnosed with it, about one-third might see their symptoms diminish by adulthood. Some adults may eventually mature out of the symptoms entirely.
However, even those who ‘grow out of it’ may still display behaviours consistent with ADHD. Often, parents of children diagnosed with ADHD start to reflect on their behaviours, leading them to consider if they might have it too.
Did you know several renowned personalities have ADHD? Jim Carrey, Emma Watson, Michael Phelps, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and many more have all been said to have this condition.
Their achievements underscore that with the right support and environment, individuals with ADHD can achieve monumental success.
While ADHD comes with its challenges, there are numerous advantages.
Individuals with ADHD often:
Not everyone with ADHD will have all these traits, but many resonate with this distinct ‘ADHD personality’.
Ever found yourself constantly misplacing items or struggling to finish tasks at work? Or maybe someone’s mentioned your behaviours align with ADHD.
Recognising the signs and seeking an assessment can be an enormous relief. While there’s no cure, there are various treatments available, tailored to individual needs.
Diagnosis should ideally be made by a psychiatrist experienced in treating ADHD. The process involves discussing symptoms, personal history, and sometimes consulting family members.
To be diagnosed with ADHD, typical symptoms must have been present for at least the last six months.
Hypnotherapy, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), and coaching have emerged as effective complementary treatments for ADHD. Hypnotherapy taps into the subconscious mind, allowing individuals with ADHD to explore and address underlying factors contributing to their symptoms.
This can promote relaxation, improve focus, and reduce impulsivity. NLP techniques work by helping those affected to reframe and reshape their thought processes, providing tools to manage distractions and improve cognitive patterns.
Coaching, on the other hand, offers a structured approach to goal setting and accountability, helping individuals with ADHD develop strategies to stay organized, prioritize tasks, and navigate daily challenges.
When combined, these modalities offer a holistic approach that addresses both the neurological and behavioral aspects of ADHD, empowering individuals to harness their strengths and navigate their challenges more effectively.
They can enhance concentration, reduce impulsivity, and induce calmness.
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Recognizing and addressing ADHD is pivotal. With the right guidance, individuals with ADHD can not only manage their symptoms but thrive in various spheres of life. If you or someone you know needs assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Considering a consultation or looking for support for a therapist who has ADHD? Book an appointment or explore our resources for more insights on ADHD.
ADHD is not merely a label; it’s a dynamic aspect of one’s identity that can influence various life areas.
By choosing a therapist who understands this intricacy from both a personal and professional lens, you’re investing in a therapeutic journey that is holistic, empathetic, and deeply transformative.
Whether you’re newly diagnosed, seeking alternative treatments, or looking for specialized ADHD therapy in Auckland? As a therapist with ADHD, I’m here to support, guide, and empower you every step of the way as it’s a journey I have navigated myself.
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