How We Create ADD and The 7 Keys to Reverse It part 1 of 2
The diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) has skyrocketed 800% in the past three decades. Currently over sixty million Americans are said to suffer from attention disorders and there are now forty five million prescriptions written for these toxic medications to improve their performance on a daily basis. However, there is no biological test to show this “illness” exists despite a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry that thrives on its existence. Moreover these medications are dangerous in themselves. Forty percent of users experience negative side effects, which include anxiety, depression, insomnia, stunting of growth and suicidal thoughts! I wonder, if 40% of the time you drove you got into an accident or didn’t reach your desired destination, would you continue to drive?
For the past forty-two years I have studied the symptoms and causes of what is labeled ADD/ADHD and approaching this with a different perspective asking different questions.
How is it possible that someone can act ADD/ADHD in certain classes or parts of their life and yet be completely focused and on task in others? If someone has diabetes or heart disease, they have it in their home, at the office, in every classroom and every location they go.
How is it that kids and adults who “have ADD/ADHD” while in school or at work can spend hours completely focused playing a video game or texting with friends? Doesn’t this show that they can have focused attention?
These are variants of the questions guiding my initial research project forty years ago. I spent the next 25 years researching and experimenting with clients in my private therapeutic practice to discover what was the difference in a situation or person that made the difference between being focused or scattered, self regulated or out of control? A major part of this approach was studying those individuals who were extremely focused and organized to learn what how they did it.
This is essentially what I now do. I model for people how to use strategies and tools in a uniform manner to produce consistently exceptional results on a predictable basis. I also model individuals who consistently produce undesirable results so clients learn how they act differently than those who are successful. This is the scientific phenomenological approach I used when developing the science of Quantum Embodiment®. Quantum Embodiment is how consciousness extends itself into form, how the invisible in the mind, becomes the manifested in the world. It was through this practice I created the 7 Keys for Attention Development.
What I learned was that attention deficits and disorders are created by a combination of three factors:
- Distressing influences, internally and externally
- Dysfunction due to insufficient training in how to function in a relaxed, focused and empowering way and
- Disinterest of being involved with work or study that had little or no personal value or enjoyment
Distressing influences are often in the form of difficult family relationships, especially divorce, as well as financial instability and ongoing health challenges. The difficulties of these issues can be current or many years in the past but left unresolved. Regardless of the source of the stress, the biological effects produced contribute to internal imbalances and distraction. People that conceive of themselves in a flight or fight situation have their levels of blood sugar and adrenaline increased, which creates ischemia. Ischemia reduces the circulation of oxygen and vital neuro-transmitters that keep the system calm and centered. This creates Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) and can cause many physical and emotional hardships.
Insufficient training in how to cope with what we perceive as life’s problems arise from some combination of poor familial models, educational deficiencies in how to relax, focus, communicate effectively and/or use emotional intelligence. Every thought creates a biological reaction and negative thinking, and taking things personally combined with the inability to feel grounded and safely contained in your environment throw the mind/body out of balance.
Failing to relate to the benefits of the activity involved, so that it is not categorized as fun, useful or pleasurable, means that we find no value in it. Being forced to do anything goes against the core nature of living, which is based on freedom and choice. Even being tested regularly at school or at work sends a threating message that your future is uncertain and will be judged by another as to whether or not you pass! When your interests are not engaged, boredom is a likely outcome. After all, who doesn’t get fidgety and distracted when bored?!
The degree to which a person exhibits the symptoms labeled, as ADD/ADHD is directly proportionate to their degree of being able to effectively cope with and use workable strategies that relieves stress, maintains balance and stays focused on the benefits of what they are involved in. It is a combination of these factors that work together to produce the symptoms of inattentiveness, disorganization and hyper activity. Perhaps what is most interesting is how a persons coping abilities can work in some areas and not in others; they can be very focused on one subject or project and completely scattered on another!
The full science of this process is detailed in my latest book The 7 Keys for Attention Development: The Guaranteed Program. What follows is a brief outline of the steps a person experiences as distress builds and their ADD/ADHD symptoms develop. Consider these steps for your own life and see if when involved in any of these situations you experienced to a greater or lesser degree the symptoms often labeled as ADD/ADHD.
- Breath Restriction: When you are anxious or stressed, the breath becomes shallow. Breathing fully and openly sends a message to the brain that there is no threat of danger, allowing the body and mind to be calm and present. When the breath becomes shallow and anxious, the fight or flight response is triggered creating inattentiveness as the minds jumps from one subject to the next in search of an outlet. The sympathetic system becomes dominant as the calming and healing parasympathetic system goes offline. This happens in conjunction with stage two, perception of threat.
- The startle reflex becomes engaged as there is a loss of feeling safe and connected.
At this stage, your inner dialogue is being flooded with negative and fearful thoughts. You are feeling endangered, inadequate, and fragile. During this stage your mind creates “what-if” scenarios, further weakening your attentiveness as every thought creates a biological reaction.
- Many deny the stress and fear they are experiencing.
You attempt hide your distressed state, shifting your focus to meaningless things, drifting away from your true nature. When you begin to live a life not in alignment with your true nature, your energy becomes restricted and you become emotionally numb.
- You create strategies to combat your disturbed state.
You eat high carbohydrate, high sugar, and greasy “comfort” foods to channel your body’s energy toward processing them and will divert you from developing attentiveness. You’ll watch hours of TV and engage in other meaningless activities that are forms of mental or corporeal fidgeting. You are now having a nearly impossible time trying to pay attention to a task for a period of time.
In each case the solutions used to address this discomforting feeling of distress within only contributes to creating more. As you are not trained in how to function in a relaxed, focused and empowering way you do the best you can and seek out quick fixes to overcome your unwanted condition.