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 New Book:The Disintegrating Self: Psychotherapy of Adult ADHD, Autistic Spectrum, and other disorders. Phil Mollon [Karnac] click  For the first chapter, click here

 

 

This page is not concerned with energy psychology. I have posted the guidelines below because there are many individuals and families for whom Attention Deficit Hyperactive is a problem. It can cause immense distress, yet is often not well understood. Often the lack of understanding adds to the stress and despair.

 

The following notes reflect my personal impressions and are not necessarily shared by any colleagues and should not be regarded as a substitute for  professional medical advice.

 

 

Here is a series of powerpoint slides for a talk I gave on ADHD as a hidden core in various mental health presentations: click

 

 

Some guidelines regarding ADHD

 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] involves problems with attention, the pursuit of goals, and the regulation of emotion. It is thought to reflect primarily a subtle variation from normal brain function.

 

The diagnosis of ADHD is not precise (this is true also of most psychiatric diagnoses) – but a common constellation of problems are often found together, and in recent years this has been termed ADHD. Some clinicians consider this is quite common, whilst others are doubtful of its existence in adults. Often it seems not to be recognised in childhood, where a child is viewed just as ‘naughty’ (although in some instances an overdiagnosis of ADHD may occur). It seems reasonable to suppose that a child with ADHD will grow up to be an adult with ADHD. A person who has struggled throughout life with ADHD problems, and the impact of these on their family and social relationships, may very likely also attract a diagnosis of ‘personality disorder.

 

Why does ADHD occur?

ADHD is thought to involve a deficit in the functioning of the frontal lobes of the brain – areas that are to do with planning, attention and concentration, abstract reasoning, inhibition of impulse, and regulation of emotion. This can give rise to the follow set of difficulties:

 

There are some positive features of ADHD – and no doubt it has been selected by evolution for having value for the survival of the group:

 

It is thought that many high-achieving people have ADHD.

 

ADHD can run in families.

 

Ways of adapting to ADHD.

 

 

Dr. Phil Mollon PhD. 23.1.08. This outline reflects the views of Phil Mollon, psychotherapist, and may not necessarily be shared by all other clinicians.