ADD and   ADHD


Children

Children with ADHD show signs of inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity in specific ways. These children:

Are in constant motion

Squirm and fidget

Do not seem to listen

Have trouble playing quietly

Often talk excessively

Interrupt or intrude on others

Are easily distracted

Do not finish tasks


3 Types of ADHD in Children

Doctors may classify symptoms as the following types of ADHD:

Combined type (inattentive/hyperactive/impulsive). Children with this type of ADHD show all three symptoms. This is the most common form of ADHD

Hyperactive/impulsive type Children show both hyperactive and impulsive behaviour, but for the most part, they are able to pay attention.

Inattentive type Formerly called attention deficit disorder (ADD). These children are not overly active. They do not disrupt the classroom or other activities, so their symptoms might not be noticed.

Children and meditation:

Tara Buzgar said: “….mindfulness is amazing in harnessing the learning abilities. They learn to be present, in the moment, and absorb what they need to. They learn rom a young age to move out of the busy mind to where their true wisdom lies.”


Adults

Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or completing work within time limits. If these difficulties are not managed appropriately, they can cause associated behavioural, emotional, social, vocational, and academic problems.


Common Behaviours and Problems of Adult ADHD

The following behaviours and problems may stem directly from ADHD or may be the result of related adjustment difficulties:

Anxiety

Chronic boredom

Chronic lateness and forgetfulness

Depression

Difficulty concentrating when reading

Difficulty controlling anger

Employment problems

Impulsiveness

Low frustration tolerance

Low self-esteem

Mood swings

Poor organization skills

Procrastination

Relationship problems

Substance abuse or addiction


These behaviours may be mild to severe and can vary with the situation or be present all of the time. Some adults with ADHD may be able to concentrate if they are interested in or excited about what they are doing. Others may have difficulty focusing under any circumstances. Some adults look for stimulation, but others avoid it. In addition, adults with ADHD can be withdrawn and antisocial, or they can be overly social, going from one relationship to the next.

"There is really no magic in being centered…..it’s just practice. So each and every time you find yourself losing it, just STOP, DROP and BREATHE. Yasha Heifetz, Master Violinist said “The main difference between a master and a beginner is that the master practices more”. But it does get easier, because you’re re-wiring your brain."