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How About Making Some Guided Imagery for ADHD?

10 Sep

Hi Ms. Naparstek,

I am a longtime fan of your products, having had back surgery 6 years ago.  To prepare for that surgery and to recover afterward, I listened to your Successful Surgery CD and others that you have created.  Your products have really helped me and I have referred many friends to you and to your wonderful DesktopSpa.
I am writing now to ask if you have any products to help people with inattentive type ADHD.  My son, 14 years, started high school this year and is very sad and feels alone.  

He is incredibly gifted verbally, but has major issues writing down assignments correctly, keeping his school work neat and organized, turning in assignments and following through with major projects.  

I know that eventually his brain will mature and grow and that his executive functioning will settle in, but now he feels alone and stupid, since most kids his age can do these "easy" things.  

He does not have trouble at all learning the material or performing on tests, which is good, but with the things I mentioned.  This is a tender age and I fear for him.
If you can suggest a product or develop one, I would greatly appreciate it or any help you could provide to us.
Your fan,
Janine S.

Dear Janine,

Thank you for the kind feedback.  I'm happy the imagery was a help.

The staff at HJ has been asking me to create imagery for ADHD for a very long time.  They tell me it’s the most frequent request we get nowadays.  I’ve been resisting doing it because I’ve been so busy with PTS, TBI and the military.   

But I have to say, your loving, concerned Mom’s note put me over the edge.  Fourteen is a very tender age indeed. I’ll start researching it after October, when a lot of my speaking obligations are done with and I’ll have a little white space.  

But fair warning: I may be emailing you with questions.  I’ll be after specifics about what it’s like to experience ADHD and how it rears its head on a typical day.  

I'll need to be further educated on the cognitive subtleties and social/emotional nuances of dealing with ADHD, beyond what the books and experts say about it. I can’t create this stuff without hearing from the people who experience it firsthand or at least within close range of a loved one.

[So that goes for anyone else who would like to educate me from their own experience, either as somebody with ADHD or somebody who works with people who are challenged by it.]

In the meantime, getting a good tutor or life coach or learning psychologist could be a big help to your son. It’s better if the coaching and guidance comes from a non-parent with no emotional over-investment or axe to grind! 

And do trust that he'll come out of the other side of this, just as you say.  And when he does, he'll have a whole stash of compensatory tools and tricks for managing life that will stand him in good stead for decades to come.

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award