Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders among children. Estimates show that ADD/ADHD affects between 3 to 7% percent of school-age children. Children affected with ADD/ADHD typically show signs of hyperactivity, short attention span, and impulsivity inappropriate for their age group. ADD/ADHD begins in childhood and often continues into adolescence and adulthood.

Symptoms At A Glance

  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Trouble completing tasks
  • Fidgeting and squirming in seat
  • Constant talking
  • Constant motion
  • Impatient
  • Inappropriate comments

Understanding ADD/ADHD

ADD/ADHD is not completely understood. The current discussion revolves around the Nature vs. Nurture argument. Is ADD/ADHD a genetic/inherited disorder, or is it based on the experiences we have as children? Current research is leaning towards the Nurture side of the argument. The latest research indicates that our early past, (especially times when our well-being is threatened or we feel unsafe) has a huge effect on our brain development and neurological wiring as adolescents and adults. Therefore, therapies that address childhood experience may lead to better results than therapies that only use medication for treatment.

Long Term Effects Of Having ADD/ADHD

ADD/ADHD has negative long-term effects. The ability to concentrate for long periods of time is essential for many activities. Impulsive behavior often leads to poor decisions and trouble getting along with others. People with ADD/ADHD also have a difficult time following through and having the staying power needed to be successful in business and personal relationships. The overall effect of ADD/ADHD is a diminished quality of life.

The Fire Mountain Approach

At Fire Mountain, ADD/ADHD is seen as an attachment related issue. Attachment theory holds that the measure of a healthy individual lies in the health of their inter-personal relationships. Our ability as individuals to thrive in inter-personal relationships largely depends on how we have learned to do relationships in the past, usually this experience comes from our time with our primary caregivers as children. At Fire Mountain, we receive many kids with ADD/ADHD diagnoses. We use mindfulness practices, presence, attunement and intentional contact to help clients build an awareness of their own mental process.

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