Dr. Ardeshir Mehran

BLOG

ADHD…THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH

START WITH THE ATTACHMENT. ATTENTION WILL FOLLOW.

Five years ago, a female executive reached out to meet with me. She

wanted to “get some  ideas” about the treatment plans for her 17-year-old daughter. As she described, her daughter was a stellar student. She was diagnosed with ADHD, was anorexic and restless, strong and fragile, and was being treated by a psychiatrist, psychologist, and nutritionist. “We see only minimal progress,” she said. She then asked how I would have approached this situation.

I shared the gist of my work for the last 30 years, that mental health diagnoses – depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar, etc. are consequences, not causes. They are adaptive AND  survival patterns.

I further shared that better healing is achieved when the whole body, environment, and early attachment patterns are incorporated into therapy. I highlighted my work around The Bill of Emotional Rights. I then provided ideas and practices for her daughter and family, which she found more logical, relatable, and promising.

ADHD has been a way of life for me, in addition to my depression and anxiety. I had accepted that I was quirky, artistic, bold, deeply creative, and “different.” I had peculiar ways to stay focused (Refer to the image on the 2nd page; that’s how I typically read). I struggled with short attention spans, time blindness, and fragmented multitasking. I was a high achiever. And in pain. A merry-go-round of torment.
Twelve years ago, in the depth of my despair, I began asking the “why” questions instead of “what” and “how.” I re-researched child development, attachment psychology, trauma, somatic therapy, and neuro-medicine fields. I completed my work around The Bill of Emotional Rights. Subsequently, I healed myself, as documented in my bestselling book, “You Are Not Depressed. You Are Un-Finished.” 

BASIC FACTS:

There is a statistical association between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and ADHD Diagnosis and Severity. See the ACE study link here.

ADHD in the general US population is around 4.4. It is around 29% among executives, high achievers, and entrepreneurs.
Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls (2 to 1 ratio).

Those with ADHD also have other diagnoses, notably anxiety and depression.

ADHD behaviors in adults are hard to discern as they often are viewed and encouraged as driven, Type A, and achievement-oriented behaviors.

A “secure, consistent, and responsive” early mother/caregiver child attachment is central to healthy attention, focus, and connection.

A BETTER APPROACH:

🎈 Regulate the body and nervous systems to calm a hyperactive brain.

🎈 Restore secure attachment bonds to optimize the mind and the brain.

🎈 Enrich essential Emotional Rights, particularly “I Belong,” “I Matter,” and “I am Complete,” to gain deeper fulfillment.

Your Thoughts?