The Age of ADHD

by Jonathan Benavides

Are ADHD sufferers just children? Are you ADD or ADHD?

When thinking on Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) people generally believe that it is a disorder just related to children and adolescents in school, however, we do know that 65% of all children will remain as ADHD sufferers throughout their life.

Also, we do have adults that have received the ADHD diagnosis very late in life; these are people that normally seek psychological help for problems such as being chaotic, work failure, mood swings, tantrums, addictions, depression, relationship problems, anxiety and fear of failure and not being able to cope with a very stressful work situation.

When in therapy, they realise that the “actual” problems appear to be lifelong complaints of anxiety, impulsivity and attention or concentration problems, which have led to malfunctioning in work and relationships.

The main features of ADHD in adult men and women are: problems with attention or concentration, irritability, difficulty organizing, forgetfulness, lack of structure, being hyperactive and impulsivity.

They are experiencing a big sense of frustration and that can develop into a shortcoming in their self-image and self-confidence. It is thus very important to be able to recognise the symptoms early and act accordingly.

A treatment for ADHD must consider a multidisciplinary and self-adapted approach that might include rehabilitation, psychotherapy, aromatherapy, parental support, school planning and sometimes also a drug treatment.

Aromatherapy is a gentle non-pharmacological tool that can be applied successfully in all stages of life. Essential oils cannot cure attentional deficit but can support the daily life of the sufferer and their families and peers, you can use it in a very personalized way and a proper olfactory training can have very good results in ADHD sufferers.

In  the ADHD course we will explore how this disorder might be helped with integrative healthcare and using a multi-sensorial approach wherein aromatherapy has an important place, in children, adolescents and adults. I invite you to learn theoretically and practically how to recognise, deal and cope with persons and situations wherein we are looking to provide them with organization, focus and direction.