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ADHD (and all other neuro-diversities) and hypnotherapy
May 26, 2024

ADHD (and all other neuro-diversities) and hypnotherapy

Many studies acknowledge the benefits of hypnotherapy in helping with the symptoms of ADHD that come along with this often-debilitating so-called disorder. There is so much out there that claims to help with neuro-diversities. But how effective and long term are they?

I read something recently where an autistic person was explaining how she really didn’t like it when people referred to her autism as a super-power. And the reason she gave was that it felt undermining; thinking or assuming that it is great to “have” or “be” neuro diverse. Sidenote here – I prefer the term “I am” ADHD/ADD, opposed to "I have" etc. I have often heard ADHD referred to as a super-power and what this woman said really rang true. I also believe there are many of us with ADHD that have never been diagnosed and at times mistaken as foolish or over reactive. Having ADHD means you live in a different field of sensitivity, as do all neuro-divergencies, but what it really can mean, is that trauma is involved.

That “t” word. This word has much implication to it. Trauma is a word that has many different levels within levels, planes and intensities. None of these levels have more importance than others, they are all multi-dimensional. Purely from the nature of ADHD and other neuro diversities, that level of sensitivity and feelings of anxiousness and confusion of our place within the world, all add to the trauma or living within society. We can be misunderstood, not heard, and simply bogged down with depression and anxiety that can come from these things.  It can be traumatic living in society where expectation to do those things that are expected of us all, can make it so uncomfortable that that is traumatic in itself.

All aspects of life can cause feelings of rejection, misunderstanding, and not being listened to, plus so much more. And because of the different ways our brains are wired, the rejection part of our brain becomes super active, looking for something or someone to be rejected by or from. And the result of this can then hang about getting into the bones of you leaving you worrying, self-criticising, feeling pretty crappy about one particular occurrence that may have happened hours, days, weeks, or years ago. And this can be a difficult thing to get rid of.

HOWEVER! I have a solution….  creating space, time and understanding to how our brains work, can really help. Hypnotherapy does not change people, it doesn't even stop you feeling the pain of rejection or worrying about what someone thinks of you, it simply makes it so much easier to cope with these things. Brings about some rationality. I have/had clients either with or without a diagnosis, who have found hypnotherapy allows them to do just that.

I thought this would be fun – so, things that ADHD peeps do which I have since discovered aren’t “normal” – really really REALLY using that word with circumspect. Brains are junkies, they love a bit of dopamine. You may or may not agree….

  1. WORD SALAD AND TANGENTS ... this is something that is massive for me. Not being able to think of a word in the middle of a sentence and then thinking about something else because while trying to think of said word, brain has decided to go off on a tangent in the quest for more dopamine and something else the brain can remember.
  2. WALKABOUT ... getting up to grab a glass of water, and immediately doing something else like cooking a meal, going to the shop or hanging out washing. Walking from one room to another not knowing why or for what reason.
  3. PROCRASTINATION ... doing anything else on your to-do list other than what is meant to be done.
  4. OVER-EXPLAINING ... having to explain details of details due to the absolute need to ensure that all and sundry fully understands all the details your super active brain has picked up.
  5. BUTTERFLYING ... not sticking to the subject in a conversation plus interrupting often or having zero ability to keep your mouth firmly shut. Even interrupting to say sorry.
  6. MASKING ... well this is a big one because of how detrimental the effects of masking can be both physiologically and emotionally. Neuro divergency often goes hand in hand with masking which is actually very sad – we can’t be ourselves.
    Not speaking on the phone, or sending that email because it’s excruciating to even think of saying no.
  7. BIG SPENDER ... buying things. Not going say anymore on that subject.
  8. REPEATER ... having the unstoppable urge to express what is going on in your brain more than twice to the same person.
  9. THE DO-NOT-MOVE PILES ... not in the medical sense. These can manifest in many ways. I have piles to sort and piles to throw away. These are not to be touched by man, woman or dog.
  10. INTERRUPTION RAGE ... well, when one is focusing fully on something, one must NEVER EVER BE SPOKEN TO, ACKNOWLEDGED, THOUGHT OF or in any way looked at to which one would be the tiniest bit knocked off the intense path of focus.

The point is, it's exhausting, plus, it can be the best thing and the worst thing. But if the brain doesn’t have the space to breathe and or to re-group, then neither does the rest of the body. It has a multi-functional effect on everything. I sometimes think I’m going batshit crazy but I’m not, I am just in need of taking a breath. And the one thing I can swear by is that hypnotherapy is the number one thing that can give space. if nothing else, space is created, and that my friends, is a winner. Ooh, is that a squirrel?

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Fear of flying & Anxieties: After having a difficult year I decided to try hypnotherapy with Penny and it was the best choice I have made for myself! I'm now able to live more in the moment and have a better understanding of how to cope with or even eliminate my anxieties. I also had 2 sessions dedicated to helping to reduce my phobia of flying which helped me tremendously as I was able to get on a plane again without feeling terrified! Pen is always very positive and relaxed during our sessions and always makes me feel comfortable.

Anxiety/Stress: I went to see Penny as I felt stuck, struggling to cope & unable to move on in life. I had 12 sessions.  I had never really done hypnosis before & really struggled to focus on the words as my mind raced everywhere. Penny reassured me it would still work - which it did. It took a couple of weeks to kick in but I really appreciated the time taken to focus on the issues & Penny's positive attitude really filtered through. Slowly my positivity increased, the overthinking eased off & my sleep improved. This allowed me to problem-solve & plan more changes to make. It was like moving a large rock - once we got it moving progress started to happen & towards the last few sessions things started to speed up. I would recommend Penny to anyone who feels overwhelmed or near a crisis point.

Pain: I had 12 hypnotherapy sessions with Penny. The hypnosis was relaxing & reviving and seemed to link with my subconscious & bring me back to positive feelings. I still use the audio which acts as a kick-start if doubts start seeping in. I also found Penny's voice calming & reassuring. I have no reservations in recommending Penny. I liked her honesty in what the therapy could offer. I have been very happy with the outcome of the hypnotherapy.

Stop Smoking: Both myself and my husband decided it was time to stop smoking. My husband had smoked 20+ a day for 35 years and I had also smoked on and off for years. We can both honestly say we have never felt better thanks to Penny, she made us feel comfortable and was very reassuring, after just one appointment we were smoke-free.  We are now looking forward to extra holidays with the money we have saved and also stress free knowing we can travel and not worry about going without a cigarette.

Stress Buster/Body Image: Pen has helped me massively increase my resilience to stress. Tasks which seemed ongoing and impossible became doable. While work may still be stressful, the speed with which I bounce back is great and has allowed me to put in boundaries, both personal and professional. It has increased my self-confidence and assertiveness and has improved my sleep patterns so much. Penny has also taken me through several weight-loss sessions from which I am feeling the benefits and feel now that I am in the right place to start an exercise regimen and take control of my fitness.

Sleep Issues: I was slightly sceptical over hypnotherapy, probably because I was frightened of being made to do something I didn't want to. But my sleeping was all over the place and I'm a constant worrier, so thought I'd give it a go - I am so pleased with how relaxed I felt and how my sleeping has improved. I feel much calmer now and can rationalise things better than before. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with for a variety of problems or habits, and Pen's voice is greatly comforting when I listen to the recording when going to sleep. I know I can come for a top-up whenever I need to.

Public Speaking: I wanted to try hypnotherapy in order to deal with the anxiety I experience before speaking in public. My sessions with Pen have helped me reduce this in such a short amount of time it is really unbelievable how effective they’ve been. I now feel calm and focused and those waves of panic that tripped me up before talking in public have entirely gone away. I can’t stress enough how effective these sessions with Pen have been. She is calm and an intuitive listener who instantly puts you at ease. I wouldn’t think twice about recommending her sessions to anyone.

I would highly recommend Penny for helping and supporting anyone suffering with anxiety. My son Louie was suffering from panic attacks and it was heartbreaking watching him missing out on having fun with his friends because of a general fear something was going to happen. Penny was recommended to us by a friend who’s daughter was suffering from anxiety and was attending sessions with Penny to tackle this and couldn’t talk highly enough of her. So we thought it must be worth a try. Louie started having sessions with Penny and the difference was amazing, he started being more confident and less panicky and slowly started getting back to his usual happy go lucky self, which was a joy to see. I’m sure anyone who has a child, family member or friend that suffers from this realises how stressful this situation can be on a day to day basis. So get in touch with Penny, it could change your life.

Penny, thinking just how bad she was and how far she has come! I have no doubt in my mind that if anyone else’s child is suffering then you are the person to help! We are so thankful.

Hypnotherapy.... The final piece of the puzzle that completed and transformed my life. Amazing!

I had hypnotherapy to help me with my anxiety and depression and honestly, it changed my life for the better. I was in a place where I thought there was no escape from these feelings. However, hypnotherapy turned things around for me greatly. My OCD has also died down massively and it has also helped me through the very rough time at school. I'm extremely grateful for Pen's clear and kind understanding and I strongly recommend this to anyone who is having these similar feelings as well, as it will change your life for the better