Hi Everyone!
So, I guess you have see and heard all the buzz in the media lately about the whole ADHD thing. You’ve probably heard people saying, “I’ve got ADHD,” or “My kid’s got ADHD.” Or perhaps you have been labelled with ADHD yourself? It’s like the latest topic of conversation. It seems like ADHD symptoms are showing up all over the place – in adults, teenagers, and kids. Some share similar traits, while others have their unique signs. It’s like a common thread that’s affecting many of us. But let’s break it down and really understand what’s going on and how we can deal with it.

So, What’s ADHD or ADD All About

Alright, let’s start with the basics. ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder. Back in the ’80s, people used this term to describe when someone, usually a child, is super active or excited and can’t really focus on what they’re doing.

Now, ADHD, which used to be called ADD, makes life a bit more complicated. It’s like your brain is playing hide-and-seek with your attention. People with ADHD have trouble concentrating on tasks, getting things organised, and following instructions. It’s like there’s a little hyperactivity mixed in. By the way, ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yeah, it’s a bit of a mouthful!

Today, doctors consider ADHD to be one of the most common brain development issues in kids. And guess what? It often sticks around as you grow up. Kids with ADHD might find it hard to focus, control themselves (impulsive moves, anyone?), or just be really, really energetic.

But wait, there’s more to it than that. ADHD isn’t just one-size-fits-all. It’s more like a bunch of shades on a spectrum. You’ve got the hyperactive and super-active folks, sure. But then there are those who feel things really deeply (we call them hyper-sensitive) and those who are a bit perfectionist and tough on themselves (that’s hyper-compulsive). Sometimes, people are a mix of these traits.

So we know what ADHD does, but where does it come from? Is it some kind of bug you catch? Did your parents hand it down to you? Let’s set the record straight – ADHD isn’t a brain disease, just like how depression and anxiety aren’t. Nowadays, everyone’s into tagging things with labels, like ADHD or ADD, but guess what? There’s no magical gene that says, “If you have me, you’ve got ADHD.” Nope, not a thing.

So, what’s the deal with labels? They can be a bit tricky. Sure, at first, it might feel like a breakthrough – finally, an explanation for what’s up with you! But here’s the catch: the label itself doesn’t fix things. It’s like putting a band-aid on a problem. And the tricky part? Your brain can take that label and make it a part of who you are. It’s like it becomes your new identity.

Now, the big “solution” many people turn to is medication. But here’s the scoop: meds don’t exactly fix how your brain’s wired. They can make you feel better for a while, like a quick fix. But over time, your body might ask for stronger doses, and that’s not great. Stronger meds could actually make things worse. It’s like using a hammer to fix a watch – not the best idea. Some folks do benefit from meds, but wouldn’t it be amazing if we could solve the puzzle without all the side effects or dependency on the medication?

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Here’s the truth: ADHD is all about how your brain’s wired, and stress plays a big role. It’s not about willpower, not at all. Stress can mess with your brain’s circuits, leading to brain injuries and making it hard to control your emotions and reactions. Stress is like the VIP guest at the ADHD party. And guess what? There’s good stress (the short bursts you can handle) and bad stress (the kind that sticks around and messes things up).

When it comes to kids and ADHD, it’s like a puzzle with a bunch of pieces. Childhood stress, tough times, or not-so-great experiences with loved ones can play a part. Add in some poor diet choices, and you’ve got a recipe for ADHD in kids.

So, what’s cooking up the ADHD causes? A mix of stuff:

  • Eating junk and processed foods, or stuff with not-so-great fats and sugars.
  • Breathing in polluted air.
  • Skimping on sleep and sunshine.
  • Ignoring self-care.
  • Losing your direction.
  • Skipping out on exercise.
  • Letting screens run your life (fun fact: it’s like brain cocaine!).
  • Past hurts and traumas.
  • Running low on love, kindness, and gratitude (yep, it’s a mindset thing).
  • Ignoring your gut feelings – literally, your gut health matters.

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But here’s the bright side: your past doesn’t have to define your future. Changing your mindset is like a walk in the park compared to rewiring your body. Your mind is flexible, moldable – it’s like playdough you can shape any way you want. You can retrain it, rewire it – it’s pretty amazing.

Imagine unlocking all those hidden possibilities?

Speaking from experience, you can totally regain control over ADHD. You can shift the balance in your brain and turn things around. You can make your actions match your dreams.

So, what’s the game plan to tackle ADHD (whatever type it is)? Well, a good place to start is with yourself. You’ve gotta embrace a healthy lifestyle, kick stress to the curb. Sounds simple, right? Here’s a simple guide:

  • Munch on good sugars, like fruits. Say no to processed foods when you can.
  • Maybe cut back on dairy and heavy gluten (depends on where you are in the world).
  • Keep a leash on screen time – a bit of tech discipline goes a long way.
  • Make exercise and sleep your best buds.
  • Soak in some sun and nature vibes.
  • Show your gut some love – keep that gut flora in check.
  • Work on your emotional health – let go of the past, forgive, and tackle stress head-on.
  • Heal your inner child.
  • Connect with good vibes – meditate, be thankful, recharge.
  • Give your brain direction – have a project, a goal, something to aim for.

And here’s the grand finale: when you tackle stress from all angles – your body, mind, heart, and spirit – you’re in for a treat. Your memory gets sharper, your brain performs better, and your mood gets a boost. Your overall health and happiness? They’re all part of the package too.

As I like to say, let’s commit until you succeed, no one is going to save you from stress or ADHD, you are the master of your life, the director of your movie, the driver of your train, only you can make the change in your life don’t give your power away!

So, remember this: you’re in charge. Stress or ADHD, you’ve got the power to make the change. It starts with a small step, a simple goal. And with each victory, you’ll see the path ahead lighting up. “You’ve got this!”

Claire

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