Where Did I Leave My Keys?
Attention Deficit - Hyperactive Disorder - Alive and Well in Children and Adults
Have you ever noticed you keep forgetting where you put things?
- Does life seem to be rushing by in a flurry of activity?
Are you more behind with your list of "to do's" than you were yesterday?
Do you have trouble following conversations, zoning out without realizing it?
Is it difficult to keep things organized in your home or workplace? Are you late for or completely miss appointments?
Do you make decisions on a whim, easily distracted from what you said you would do that day?
If so, you might have a mild or moderate version of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) without realizing it. If it's affecting you, there's also a good chance your children have the same problem.
Many parents are concerned about their children and their performance. Children with ADD/ADHD have a much harder time concentrating and staying focused in class.
There is help now.
We offer an ADD/Focusing Shield that literally pulls the energy back towards the core of your energy field, instead of allowing it to float 30 feet or more out from your center.
Sounds strange when you think of it, I know.
If you could see and compare the energy fields of people with and without ADD, you'd see that those with ADD have a very diffused energy field, and are literally "all over the place".
The ADD Shield focuses the energy field and provides incredible assistance.
Even if you have never been diagnosed, if you have any of the behaviors we list below you or your children may be helped by the ADD Shield.
ADHD According to the CDC
Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011.
Adults diagnosed with ADD or ADHD is approximately 4%
The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011.
Rates of ADHD diagnosis increased an average of 3% per year from 1997 to 2006 [Read article] and an average of approximately 5% per year from 2003 to 2011.
Read more in this report by the CDC - Key Findings: Trends in the Parent-Report of Health Care Provider-Diagnosis and Medication Treatment for ADHD: United States, 2003—2011
NOTE: These statistics are for ADHD only - it's been much more difficult to track down statistics on just the kids with ADD without the hyperactivity.
Up until the mid-1980's, it was felt that this disorder would simply resolve itself as the child became an adult. We now know that simply isn't true. Over 4% of adults are suffering from ADD. You may have had undiagnosed ADD as a child, and now as an adult, your life is feeling out of control.
New evidence is showing that EMF Radiation from WiFi and technology and dirty electricity may also be a factor, either as cause or exacerbating the condition already present.
ADD/ADHD symptoms include:
Difficulty staying on task
Having many projects going on at one time and rarely completing any of them
- Click here for more info on ADHD including some of the symptoms of adult ADHD . You may be affected and not even know it.
My Interest in ADD/ADHD
For more than twenty years, my specialty was the treatment of children with sensory processing disorders. Sensory Integration Therapy treats children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, autistic, language impaired, and cerebral palsy children. One thing stood out in the hundreds of children I treated who were ADD/ADHD: they were overwhelmed with their environment. Just try to imagine not being able to turn the volume down on life - everything feels too loud, too uncomfortable, too "much". They are literally bouncing from one activity to another, unable to settle down and get anything accomplished, reacting to everything, unable to filter out what's relevant to the task at hand.
What's it like to be ADD/ADHD?
People who have ADD/ADHD write about the experience, at the extreme, they say it's like you are on a speeding train, jumping from one image to another, never able to focus long enough to get much done, or even understand what you are seeing. Dr. Halloway has written an article about ADD that sounds like either he has the syndrome, or has treated so many people with it, that he has a very good idea of the experience.
Dr. Halloway says the best way to help someone with ADD/ADHD is anything that turns down the noise. Getting a Shield will help. Here are some other practical actions that you can try.
- Just being diagnosed helps turn down the noise of guilt and self-recrimination.
- Build certain kinds of structure into one's life can help a lot.
- Work in small spurts rather than long hauls.
- Break tasks down into smaller tasks.
- Make lists.
- Get help where you need it, whether it's having a secretary, or an accountant, or an automatic bank teller, or a good filing system, or a home computer, anything that helps you stay on track.
- Apply external limits on your impulses.
- Get enough exercise to work off some of the noise inside.
- Find support. Get someone in your corner to coach you, to keep you on track.
- Medication can help a great deal too, but it is far from the whole solution.
The good news is that treatment can really help.
More Practical Suggestions from helpguide.org
- Practice some organizational skills: keep your appointments in one place - a calendar or appointment book; break up tasks into smaller steps and complete one step at a time - maybe using a timer to work in 10 or 20" spurts; be patient with yourself - it takes time to change
- Develop some social skills: listen intently without thinking of what you will say next; listen without interruption; think before you speak - others may be done with the conversation and you will know it if you watch their body language
- Seek support - see if there is an ADD support group in your town or online