ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
When people cannot focus or keep a focus, they are often diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder—inattentive, which is generally referred to as attention deficit disorder, or ADD. There can be several reasons for this difficulty. They all are related to the body and the brain and how they are connected or communicating. Most of those with ADD have inductive reasoning issues or vision issues, both of which can be addressed.
Inductive Reasoning Issues
Those with inductive reasoning issues (IRI) struggle to put pieces of information together to form meaning. They struggle with focus due to the overwhelming amount of information that they are consciously trying to figure out and organize. Most of us do inductive reasoning without thinking about it or about the information we are quickly organizing, prioritizing, and then focusing on or ignoring. Those with IRI cannot do that or cannot do it well, so they have to consciously do it.
Those with social communication disorder, autism, Asperger’s, or ADD all struggle with IRI. Those who have anxiety, social phobia, reactive attachment disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar, or narcissism diagnoses may also have IRI.
I encourage you to read my book, Inside the Mind: Understanding and Communicating with Those who Have Autism, Asperger’s, Social Communication Disorder, and ADD to understand and work with these folks. You can also view a few short videos from my book to begin to understand IRI.
Sometimes our eyes see clearly but don’t work together well. This is often due to prenatal and perinatal issues or head injuries. This happens when only one side of the brain is working at a time and there isn’t communication between both sides of the brain. This is called homolateral functioning of the brain. Or there are issues with the muscles involved in eye movement. Balancing the body and mind can stimulate both sides of the brain to work and to communicate with each other. I can check to see if this is happening and then help to balance your system. Often this takes some work at home doing some simple exercises that reinforce the changes you make in the session. Vision therapy may also work well and you can find information and optometrists and ophthalmologists trained to evaluate vision issues at Home Vision Therapy.
There may be other issues involved, and I can help you sort out what may be happening with you or your family member who has the diagnosis.
Often people get medication to help with focusing. There are side effects that you have to deal with. You can use the medication in the morning, and we can balance the system in later afternoon or evening generally without a problem. Balancing the body system and clearing emotional issues can often help longer term unless the cause is IRI. Then you need specific training on social cues, how to organize information you log, etc.