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ADD / ADHD, Dyslexia.  It's a family issue.   Improve grades and self-esteem.  Evaluation and non-drug therapy that really works!

11. What are some common real-life behaviors or symptoms of children or adults with ADD, ADHD, or Dyslexia?

Usually the child or adult appears to be bright to a family member (parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse) or employer or work associate, but they often manifest some of the following outward behaviors or characteristics.  The following list is quite extensive and each individual is different.  Not all will apply.

  • Has trouble with reading, writing or spelling.

  • May enjoy reading, but has trouble extracting the important points, or with spelling and writing.

  • Struggles in school across a range of subjects.

  • Struggles in most subjects except in the arts or sports.

  • Often is creative (nothing wrong with that).

  • Is behind their peers by two or more grade levels, esp. in reading.

  • Canít stay on task.

  • Difficulty focusing or sequencing.

  • Difficulty organizing

  • Poor follow-through, being easily distracted

  • Often loses things.

  • Difficulty waiting, sitting still and being quiet

  • May interrupt or intrude on others, blurt or talk without listening

  • May fail to pay attention to details-thus making careless mistakes

  • Mind may blank under stress.

  • Canít remember simple instructions.  Instructions seem to go in one ear and out the other.

  • Canít understand consequences.  Punishment and rewards donít seem to have much impact.

  • Takes too long to do their homework or work assignment.

  • Often doesnít turn in their homework.

  • Has trouble socially, is socially inept, intrudes into other peopleís spaces, may be the class or office clown.

  • Is prone to angry outbursts.

  • Canít stay in their seat at school.

  • Canít understand or deal with the concept of authority.

  • Has trouble remembering which direction is left or right.

  • Prefers learning by doing (hands on) as opposed to reading or listening.

  • As the children get older and move into adolescence, they become more withdrawn, have more angry outbursts, lose motivation.  Seems to have an ďI donít care attitudeĒ.

  • Lies, cheats or steals.

  • May have speech impediments, but speech therapy didnít work as effectively as hoped.

  • May have hearing problems or auditory discrimination issues.

  • May have had frequent ear infections as a child, tubes put in and/or suffered some hearing loss.

  • May have eyesight problems and vision therapy didnít work as effectively as hoped.

  • Adults and teens may have problems with holding down a job, staying on task, anger management problems, addictions, spelling problems, slow readers, trouble making decisions, sees things disproportionate to what they really are (i.e., blows things out of proportion), procrastinates, gets easily distracted, has trouble completing projects that they start, has trouble with directions.

  • Younger children may be quite pleasant and want to please or as they age, they may be resistive to parental or school authority.  If they have entered their teenage years, they often have given up trying, and have lost a lot of motivation.

  • Teens who have had a history of mental processing inabilities may manifest them in behavioral issues and personality concerns including: anger, violence, depression, a poor self image, frustration and irritability, laziness, sullenness, stubbornness, tenseness, fear of new situations and being highly self-critical. They often feel overwhelmed, appear sad or unhappy and are easily tearful.  They may escape by day dreaming and have begun some lying.

  • An additional note on addictions:  When the brain is processing inefficiently, this results in a chronic stressful state, producing a bio-chemical imbalance which can often lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.  In order to overcome these feelings, the person will often engage in addictive type behaviors (generally producing an endorphin rush), such as the use of drugs (either illicit or prescription), alcohol, engage in body piercing or self-mutilation, tattooing, sex or heavy metal rock music.  By addressing the neurological inefficiency, the biochemical imbalance often resolves, reducing depression and anxiety and eliminating the need for the addictive behavior.  The recidivism rate for our program graduates (the rate of going back to the addictive behavior) is very low. Deal with the cause, and the symptoms go away!

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