Pilates&ADHD by Laura Browning Grant

Pilates&ADHD by Laura Browning Grant

Pilates&ADHD by Laura Browning Grant

«…The fast paced, multitasking society of today is caus- ing more people to feel out of control, anxious, less focused and disconnected. Extreme feelings of this often begin in childhood causing children to exhibit
the following symptoms:
• Trouble focusing and concentrating
• Hyper focus, restlessness, impulsivity
• Difficulty completing tasks
• Low frustration tolerance, mood swings and hot temper
• Trouble coping with stress
Individuals displaying such symptoms are often diag- nosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Some children outgrow this disorder as they age, but many experience these symptoms well into adulthood.

“Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a problem of not being able to focus, being overactive, not being able control behavior, or a combination of these. For these problems to be diagnosed as ADHD, they must be out of the normal range for a person’s age and development.” A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia».

Similar to other brain related issues, ADHD is a very com- plex issue that doctors do not fully understand. The cause is unknown but head trauma at a young age, obstetrical compli- cations, low birth weight, smoking or drinking during preg- nancy or poor diet may be factors associated with contracting the disorder. No direct link has been made to any hypothesis but the characteristics of those diagnosed with this disorder are all similar. It is estimated that about seven percent of the population is affected by this disorder.

Abnormal brain activity is widely viewed as the origina- tion of the symptoms associated with ADHD. Research has shown that there are disrupted connections between different areas of the brain in an ADHD patient. EEG’s have revealed excessive slow brainwave activity in individuals displaying ADHD as compared to non-ADHD patients. There also ap- pears to be a significant deficit in the dopamine pathways causing abnormalities in how the dopamine system responds to stimulation. Although extensively studied, much research is still needed to completely understand ADHD…»

 

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