Parents in Despair
over HSP or Gifted Kids & Teens with ADD or AD/HD
Can Now Take Heart!
AD/HD and ADD are among the most common childhood mental disorders, and some of the most rapidly growing ones in adults. Parents can be acutely aware of the havoc that ADD can wreak in the lives of their kids and teens. There never is a perfect time for families to get help for ADD or AD/HD. The right time to get help is when you’re feeling the pinch that comes when attention issues interfere with school achievement, home/family or social relationships.
Often, kids, teens and adults with AD/HD feel like they don’t fit in—like Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer, in the Christmas legend. Remember the story? Rudolph’s red nose got him banished to the Land of MisFit Toys. Later, his nose helped him save the day for everyone. Likewise, the differences that may cause people with ADD & AD/HD trouble can be assets in disguise.
ADD is often first noticed at school for kids and at work for adults. It is characterized by inattention, and sometimes also impulsiveness and/or hyperactivity. New research with SPECT brain scans has shown that 50% of people with ADD or AD/HD also have some other mental disorder along with it. No wonder that many treatments are controversial and sometimes don’t help. What we now know is that the RIGHT Medications or supplements DO help, but they alone are not enough.
People with ADD & AD/HD (and many who are highly sensitive or gifted) have much in common: they are visual-spatial learners, more commonly known as Right-brain dominant people. Our culture and school systems are Left-brain dominant, and have been since the beginning of the Industrial Age, and throughout the Information Age. We are now moving into the Conceptual Age (http://www.danpink.com/). This includes a shift to Whole Brain Thinking, but our culture, school systems and our understanding of ourselves have not caught up yet.
Sharon Barnes, Therapist For Sensitive And Gifted, can help. Click or call (303-987-0346) today to schedule a free 20 minute consultation to learn how she can help you with your child or teen with ADD.