"Trauma is a family experience; it never occurs in a vacuum."
- from "How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD" by Rebecca Ruiz
Came across this article through my social media wanderings, and found myself pulling out pen and paper to jot down notes. Figured ello could be my random bloggy place for longer form notes and thoughts, so going to put them here for now (most aren't direct quotes, but should be treated as such rather than as my words...).
"Hypervigilance and dissociation, for example, could be mistaken for inattention...they might drift into a dissociative state while reliving a horrifying memory or lose focus while anticipating the next violation of their safety.
Stimulants [prescribed for ADHD] increases neurotransmitters in the brain associated with pleasure, movement, and attention...worry how they affect a child with PTSD, or a similar anxiety disorder, who already feels hyper-vigilant or agitated.
Instead [of ADHD therapies which focus on time management and organizational skills] teach a traumatized child how to cope with and defuse fear and anxiety.
The body's stress system, ...developed long ago in response to life-or-death threats [tiger about to eat you etc.] ...the part of the brain that controls impulses, for example, shuts off so that survival instincts can prevail."
#adhd #adversity #ptsd