Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Attention Deficit Disorder otherwise known as ADHD and ADD, are in my opinion out dated terms for what they are referring to. Personally a better representation of these conditions would be Hyper Dysregulation and Attention Dysregulation.
Why dysregulation instead of deficits? Because that is precisely what an ADHD/ADD individual experiences, there can be times when someone can focus all their attention into something that really engages them, and other times, no matter how much they may want to they don’t seem to be able to focus. Their emotions can be over whelming for them often leading to mood swings, or childish like behaviours. Their overactive minds are often mistaken as being too energetic but the reality for someone with ADHD or ADD is usually an attempt to stimulate their brain, which can appear as being too stimulated. Other times they are wanting to shut their brain off such as when trying to go to sleep, but the inability to regulate effectively means the brain remains active, and thus there are struggles to sleep. These are just a few examples of commonly expressed difficulties that can come with ADHD or ADD.
If you want to know more about ADHD, the difficulties that come with living with this, I invite you to contact me and explore what your experience may be. Maybe you are someone who believes they may be an ADHDer, or asking on behalf of someone else. While I cannot diagnose I can help to have a better understanding of what may be going on for you or someone close to you.
Common characteristics you may have experienced throughout your life that could be considered are:
· You appear like you aren’t listening
· Difficulty paying attention to things you’re not interested in.
· Easily distracted by surroundings and chaotic thoughts.
· Difficulty making and maintaining relationships.
· Child like behaviour in adults.
· Fidget a lot, such as self stimulating (tapping feet, hands, fingers etc).
· Your mind feels like it is ‘always on the go’.
· Do you feel like you ‘have to’ talk and often interrupt others.
· Maybe you feel like you cannot wait for things, and need instant satisfaction.
I welcome you to message and explore these areas further with me.