ADHD is identified as a psychiatric disorder of the neuro developmental type.
Those diagnosed with it suffer with problems of attention and react impulsively.
These symptoms must begin by age six to twelve and be present for more than six months for a diagnosis to be made. In school-aged individuals inattention symptoms often result in poor school performance.
Despite being the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents, the cause in the majority of cases is uncertain.
ADHD is diagnosed approximately three times more in boys than in girls, and about 30–50% of people diagnosed in childhood continue to have symptoms into adulthood. Between 2–5% of adults have the condition.
Medications, such as Ritalin, are only recommended as a first-line treatment in children who have severe symptoms and may sometimes be considered for those with moderate symptoms who do not improve, or refuse, other form of therapeutic support.
Genes and ADHD
There has been shown to be a genetic mutation at the heart of ADHD but not all children who seem to reveal symptoms of ADHD can be shown to have that genetic mutation. It is now believed that exposure to pesticides, and reactions to food additives might have a strong link to ADHD. It is also widely believed that trauma is at the root of ADHD.
Somatic Experiencing and ADHD
The founder of Somatic Experiencing (one of the modalities we practice at Khiron House) has observed that a difficult school environment can cause the hyper vigilance and hyper arousal that is characteristic of ADHD, and if we begin to create an environment that is safe for them at home and they are resourced children can begin to have more tolerance to the school environment. He says that sometimes it is necessary to embrace the medication as a way to help children who are falling behind because of their condition but it has to be combined with deep somatic work so they can begin to regulate their own nervous systems.
At Khiron House we recognise that unrecognised, untreated frozen trauma often lies at the heart of many health conditions. Trauma is a word that we often only use to describe extreme situations, like soldiers in combat zones, but trauma can mean anything that causes us to stress, so overwhelming, that our physical response to it is to ‘freeze’. This ‘frozen’ material can be stored in childhood and be retriggered in later life, or in the case of ADHD during childhood itself and often continuing through to adulthood.
Call us on 020 3668 1606 to learn more about our ADHD treatment