Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder of the neurodevelopmental type. It is characterized by problems paying attention, excessive activity, or difficulty controlling inappropriate behaviour.

It is said to affect about 5—7% of children when diagnosed via the DSM-IV criteria and 1—2% when diagnosed via the ICD-10 criteria. Rates are similar between countries and depend mostly on how it is diagnosed. ADHD is diagnosed approximately three times more in boys than in girls. About 30—50% of people diagnosed in childhood continue to have symptoms into adulthood and between 2—5% of adults are diagnosed with the condition.

ADHD management recommendations vary by country and usually involve some combination of counselling, lifestyle changes, and medications. In our sessions, we look at what it is that is blocking them from achieving this so far. This involves investigation into the underlying belief systems, how these affect emotion and how they drive behaviour.

Work with Poppy:

We recognise that each individual’s situation is different, which is why we ensure that everyone has a unique consulting plan tailored to their needs. The work can involve:

  • Identifying what has been and is going on in your environment that may be contributing to the issues you’re facing.
  • Assessing how this behaviour serves you on a deeper level i.e. all behaviours ultimately have a benefit or we wouldn’t use them.
  • Understanding the costs and consequences of behaviour, the effect on relationships and potential opportunities lost.
  • Discussing the cycle of thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
  • Identifying inner conflicts that sabotage progression and wellness.
  • Learning about emotional suppression and the psychology of emotion.
  • Developing open, authentic relating so that any disturbing behaviour is no longer needed as a strategy for coping.
  • Discovering and then mastering the methods for building and maintaining a healthy, happy, progressive and successful future.