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ADHD- Facts and Myths

ADHD is a neurological condition in which two areas of the brain are underdeveloped or Synaptic connections in those regions not pruned appropriately as happens in normal development.  This result in a 2–3-year delay in developing Executive functioning. Aging into adulthood does not result in catching up, the impairment remains.

ADHD is an impairment in organization, in focused attention characterized by high levels of distractibility, forgetfulness and procrastination. One may experience panic and anxiety when caught within a moment of not being able to preform as others within a context. ADHD is not having such an experience exclusively in one setting( but happens across multiple settings (at home, with family, at other events).

ADHD is not a deficit in intelligence or a limit on one’s ability to learn. Performance issues can certainly impair a learning experience, but once accommodations are applied, we can see a person with ADHD have the same capacity to advance intellectually as anyone else.

ADHD has two version: one that is attention related only and one that combines attention deficits with hyperactivity. In my experience, everyone with ADHD has qualities and limitations individually diverse and unique to them. I other words it is different for everyone and despite efforts to contain this disorder as two or four types, such does not really work.

Contrary to what research says, I notice that 90% of my trauma clients have ADHD and that ADHD is causal of one aspect of traumatic experience, and often causal to “I am not Good Enough Ideation. EMDR, Coping Strategies, Mindfulness and medication can help.