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A resource for those in the Netherlands (and others!), ADHD characterstics

On this page (in my eyes) is a very very accurate description of how ADHD is lived for those who need to understand. My neighbor's kid is living true hell and nobody offers her what she needs, and current threat is a foyer (?) outside home. I really empathize with her. She's 11, emotionally, 2 !

Ironically, I did live the article intensely and it is just incredibly accurate.

I have had this day, a long, emotionally frustrating conversation with someone who really doesn't make me feel at ease. Someone with whom I feel constantly criticized and misunderstood and I have hard times not saying I hate this person. I even think that I love this person. Deep ...... DEEP down.

And then I read this. And this is:

Sensitive children and adults
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"Children of this age are children who are very sensitive to stimulus, often behavioral and / or learning problems develop or super intelligent and have difficulty with social contacts and / or maintained and where the old methods of education do not seem to work. Actually, all children who are born highly sensitive children of the new age. They act directly from their heart and soul and feel its fine our moods, emissions and energy levels. They live out their sense, justice, intuition and spirituality and his fellow therefore very vulnerable.
It is usually in these children, to a greater or lesser degree of learning, cognitive problems, behavioral problems, unexplained anxiety, dreaminess and / or dyslexia. Yet these children often above average to highly intelligent and have indeed their strengths and special talents and sides. It is good to have this strong beautiful sides to recognize and to know-there, pulling up and provide space for this to develop, so that every child has the opportunity to be there himself and in his own power stand.
It can entail problems if you continue to treat these children and educate according to old concepts. These children require a new approach, both at home and at school. They have such great love, respect, security and acceptance necessary. Within this, the framework of structure, regularity and reasonable rules, this clarity, overview and predictability.

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But adults are increasingly suffering from hypersensitivity in their daily lives. The changes under way in the climate and the magnetic field of the Earth have here also a big influence. Everything is changing and that we all feel very well, only we often do not explain what is going on there. It is important that we keep our base and work from there. The AGC can offer good techniques, where anyone can work with good results.


ADHD characteristics
Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD
Compiled by Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Ratey
Dr.. Edward M. Hallowell and Dr. John J. Ratey, two American ADHD experts have compiled a list of criteria that can be used to diagnose ADHD set. The following points are based on extensive clinical experience, but are not yet widely used by Dutch experts.
At least twelve of the following criteria must be a chronic problem.
1. A sense of underachievement. because your goals are not achieved. This point is first because it is the most common reason why adults seek help. "I can not manage it," is the most common pronunciation. An adult with ADHD can objectively already been made, or does his / her life helpless attempts to achieve something. Anyway, in both cases the person suffering with the feeling of being trapped, unable to have their innate abilities to fully exploit.
2. Problems with organizing your life. A major problem for most adults. Without the structure of school, without parents to get things organized, staggers he / she is under the organizational demands of daily life allows. The so-called "little things" accumulate and are high obstacles. A missed appointment, a lost check, a forgotten deadline, and their world collapses.
3. Chronic postpone problems somewhere along starten.Volwassenen ADHD dare not to start something, fueled by their fear that they would not would do well, therefore, they try things out and things to ignore. This behavior again increases the fear of the (ever growing amount) starting tasks.
4. Many projects going simultaneously, problems with follow-through. A consequence of point 3. It stops and starts something to something else, does not go off and do something else.
5. Inclined to say what comes to mind, without the necessary timing or effects to be observed. As a child with ADHD in the classroom, the adult with ADD driven by enthusiasm. A thought comes, and should be pronounced. Tactlessness and deceit replaced in the worst case ultimately childlike exuberance.
6. A constant craving for strong stimuli (kicks) The adult with ADD is always looking for new thrills: something in the outside world that can engage with the whirlwind that hem-/haarzelf rages.
7. A tendency to be easily bored to be a consequence of paragraph 6. Boredom surrounds the adult with ADD as a sink, always ready to suck all the energy. The ADD gets left with the appetite for more stimulus. This can easily be misinterpreted as a lack of interest. In fact, a relative inability interest for a long time to hold. As much as your cares, so quickly run your battery.
8. Easily distracted, concentration problems, tendency to hook or daydream during a conversation, often coupled with a power from time to time to hyper focus. These are the main characteristics of ADHD. The moment of 'disabled' is quite arbitrary and involuntary. It happens to speak when the adult with ADD is not looking. The next thing you notice is that you are not there. The incredible ability to hyper focus prevalent as well. The ADD gets then so absorbed in an activity that for anything else and reachable. Hallowell and Ratey (the compilers of this list) argue for a different denomination of the syndrome: AIHD, Attention Inconsistency Hyperactivity Disorder. There is no question of a lack of attention, but an inconsistent focus of attention.
9. Often creative, intuitive and gifted. This is not a symptom, but a major concern. Adults with ADHD, because they absorb so much stimuli, usually a creative minds. In the midst of their disorganization and distractibility, they show flashes of brilliance. Capturing this special gift is an important goal in the therapeutic treatment of people with ADD.
10. Problems with set routes and follow established procedures. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the result of unresolved problems with authorities. It is rather an expression of boredom and frustration: routine means repeating actions. ADHDers experience this as boring and looking for challenging ways. They are frustrated because they are unable to do things the way they are supposed to do this.
11. Impatient: low frustration threshold. Frustration of any sort reminds the adult to all past failures. "Oh no," you think "here we go again!" Anger or withdrawal is due. Impatience has to do with the need for stimulation. Others will soon see this as immature behavior.
12. Impulsivity. For example, impulsive spending of money, changing plans, enacting new schemes or career plans. This is one of the more dangerous of the symptoms in ADHD adults, or, depending on the pulse, one of the most adventurous.
13. Tendency needlessly, endlessly worrying. When attention is not devoted to a specific task, creates a chaos of thoughts in the mind of the adult with ADD. Rumination is often a consequence of, since the person unconsciously need somewhere to concentrate. The result is a destructive thought stream.
14. Feeling of impending doom and insecurity interspersed with taking big risks. This symptom hand relates to the tendency to worry needlessly and also the tendency to impulsive behavior.
15. Mood swings, depression. Adults (over children) with ADHD feel at the mercy of an unstable mood. This is both due to their experiences of frustration and / or failure as the neurobiological effects of the syndrome.
16. Restlessness. The adult with ADHD shows the hyperactivity of ADHD children usually do not. Instead one sees 'nervous energy': fast talking, drumming fingers, always shifting, often getting up from the table and leaving the room, stretched veins in the neck and a quick tense look in the eyes. Even at rest feel the adult with ADD are nervous, tense and overstimulated.
17. Tendency to addiction. More than others adult ADHDers the chance to become addicted, either to a substance such as nicotine, cocaine, caffeine or alcohol, or to an activity such as gambling, shopping, eating or working. This has partly to do with their great need for incentives (which the adult with paradoxically calming!), Their impulsiveness and their tendency to hyper-focus. Eating disorders are common in depressive periods.
18. Chronic problems with self-esteem. These are the direct and unfortunate result of years of conditioning: years told that a klutz, a weirdo, an alarmist, a troublemaker, a scatterbrain, a wretch, a loner, tapped and different. Years of frustration, failure or non-for-each-gain lead to a negative self-image. It is impressive to see how resilient most ADHDers are still, despite all the setbacks.
19. Inaccurate self-perception. People with ADD often have a limited view of themselves. They have little idea of ​​the influence and impact they have on other people. This often leads to great misunderstandings and deeply hurt feelings.
20. Family History of ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, drug and / or alcohol addictions, compulsions, or mood swings. Since it is known that ADHD often genetically transmitted and associated with the other above-mentioned disorders, it is not unusual that these problems in the family can be found.
What is ADHD?
How does it feel, how ...
Imagine you live in a rapidly rotating kaleidoscope, where sounds, images and thoughts are constantly changing. You feel bored and unable to keep your mind on what you should do. You are distracted by unimportant things you see and hear, your brains will send you from one thought or activity to the next. Maybe you like in your collage of thoughts and images that you have not even when someone is talking to you. For many people this is the reality. They have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.
ADHD turns time into a black hole. People with ADD have the constant feeling that everything happens at the same time. This creates a sense of inner turmoil and even panic. The adult with ADD often loses perspective and the ability to set priorities. Therefore he / she is always busy, with the primary goal of trying to prevent his / her world collapses. People with ADD have incredible trouble sitting still, planning, waiting and completing tasks. They are 24 hours a day aware of what is happening around them. For their family, classmates or colleagues, they appear to be a whirlwind of disorganized or frenzied activity. Sometimes they behave themselves 'normal', what do others think the adult with his / her best behavior can control "if he / she wants."
The result is that ADHD relationships with others disturbs, not only because the adult with an attachment on activities in the daily lives of others, but also because he / she has the ability to extract all the energy from someone and other people's self-esteem to undermine. ADHD, once hyperkinesis or minimal brain dysfunction (MBD), is one of the most common brain disorders in children. About 3 percent have ADHD. ADHD is not about, but some adults have to learn to live, thanks to suitable work, an organized partner or less specific demands on 'quality of life'. About 2 percent of all adults (18 +), approximately 240,000 inhabitants of the Netherlands, however, suffers daily to the effects of concentration, hyperactivity and impulsivity to their existence. These people often look back on a life of bitter failures, aborted dreams and emotional pain. The most shocking is that those 240,000 only a few thousand are known with ADHD. Most runs in his / her life fixed, not knowing what he / she is wrong. Others get the standard diagnoses bipolar or borderline personality, but this can not cope, because they are not manic-depressive and no borderline personality as main problem. But there is help ... and hope.
The last ten years have scientists much has been learned about the causes of ADHD and have developed methods ADHD to recognize in children, adolescents and adults, and there are treatment plans: a combination of medication, behavioral therapy and techniques that people with ADHD can help their to focus their confidence to rebuild and operate a new, more structured manner.
What's the problem?
Mark 14 years had more energy than most boys his age. This was not so, because he was a human tornado from his third year. At home he played all at once, leaving a trail of toys behind. At table he turned around and talked plates at a stretch. He was reckless and impulsive. He did not notice the traffic, though his mother warned him continuously. On the playground, he seemed no wilder than the other children, but his tendency to react extremely-like beating children who touched him, brought him into trouble. His parents did not know what to do with him aanmoesten, but expected that he would grow. But this did not Mark.
Lisa 17 years is still struggling with concentration problems and appropriate behavior. But this has always been difficult for her. With shame she thinks back to the night when her parents took her to a restaurant because they are 12 1/2 years of marriage. She was so engrossed in the bright red hair of the waitress that her father appealed three times before she realized that she had ordered. At that moment she heard herself say, "What an ugly hair!" She could not stop the words, they were out before she knew. At school, Lisa was a daydreamer. She was absolutely intelligent, but did not manage to get passing grades. Several times she fell for her exams. Even when the answer to most questions knew she could not bring her mind to the test account. Her parents responded to her bad points with the contents of pocket money and a lot of swearing: "You're just lazy. If you have more you would try, then you got higher points." One day, after Lisa had messed up again an exam, the teacher heard her sobbing "What happened to me on?"
Henry had a shop for wooden floors. He loved his job, but for years grew his unfinished flooring projects and new ideas for which he knew he would never execute. His garage was piled high with wood so that he and his wife joked about a campfire for the customers. Every day Henry faced his frustration at not being able to himself long enough to concentrate on a task to complete. He had already been dismissed because his work as warehouse inventory clerk could not keep up and lost everything. For years he was afraid of going mad. He had talks with therapists and different medications, but nothing helped him to focus. He recognized his son in himself and was afraid that with him the same side would assume.
People with ADD often face a wall of incomprehension. ADHD does not have 'ever'! We, people with ADD have our whole lives, almost 24 hours a day, suffer from concentration problems, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
We never feel relaxed and his life span. We are unhappy with the fact that we do not appear to be able to complete a task. In my head continuously plays the phrase: "Oh, yes, and I have also ..." And with continuous I mean constantly. So even if I'm doing something.

We are crazy about the most ordinary things: the unpleasant smell of someone's perfume, the ticking of a clock, a sock that is not seated properly, etc. In fact, almost everything disturbs our "routine", expectations and attempts to concentrate.
We always get our belongings, keep wrong things and give our employees sleepless nights, through our fault because they can not meet their schedules.
When we no orderly partner betrays our interior home our character: rooms are crammed with stuff, it often seems a flea market! The chaos under our beds and in closets symbolizes the mess in our heads. Others remind us of their messy rooms, but others flipping not constant, because they feel that everything should be arranged.
Relationships walking piece, because we quickly bored with someone (sometimes after only one day), because partners can not handle our mood swings and because we always take center stage. We need others in order to function, but do not know how we 'normal' can deal with them.
We would be interested for others, but simply can not afford more than x number of minutes to another to listen, without our own story to penetrate.
Addition, we have a tendency, with our fumbling, hunting and twittering, everyone on the nerves.
We already showed for our seventh year at least 6 months signs of ADHD. We were the so-called "difficult children". Our behavior deviates still remarkably different from that of most other people of our age. Moreover, our behavior a real handicap for us, at least 2 fields, for example: school, home, work, or relationships. In short: our excessive behavior starts very young and is not confined to one area.

Highly Sensitive Child / adult / test
Is your child highly sensitive / allergic?

Please fill test with yes or no to.

My child .........

quenched rapidly
suffers from clothes that tickle, seams in socks or kledingmerkjes against his / her skin
has generally not big surprises
learn more of a gentle reproof than a severe punishment
seems to read my mind
used difficult words for his / her age
any strange smells fishy
has a keen sense of humor
seems very intuitive
is difficult to get to sleep after an exciting day
has trouble with big changes
wants to dress up as his / her clothes wet or sandy become
asks many questions
is a perfectionist
has an eye for the sorrows of others
holds more quiet games
enables deep, contemplative questions
is very sensitive to pain
can not tolerate a noisy environment
With attention to detail (something that changed its place, a change in one's appearance)
first checks whether it is safe before somewhere to climb
performs best when there are no strangers in his
experiencing things intensively


If you are thirteen or more questions with "yes" is answered, your child is probably highly sensitive. No psychological test is so reliable that you are the way you deal with your child should base. If you only have one or two questions with 'yes' have answered, but they are in extreme extent where, you might also reason your child highly sensitive to mention.

A good source for those who speak Dutch:

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