Common features of what is called ADHD, include impulsivity, distractibility, beginning tasks but not finishing them, lack of organization and even aspects of oppositional defiance disorder.
These features are more common in boys and hard to miss. ADD—attention deficit without hyperactivity is more common in girls. Because ADD often presents as a dreamy, “spaced out” state, it is far easier to miss ADD in girls.
There are also positive features of what is labeled, ADD/HD that are often not appreciated: the ability to think “outside the box”, creativity, youthfulness, and a lot of energy. A significant percentage of successful entrepreneurs have what is called, ADD/HD.
I use the terms "what is labeled as" and so on, because our office generally does not adhere to the validity of most ADD/ADHD diagnostic labels, as there is actually no uniform 100% accepted study that proves it exists and many that prove it does not exist. The symptoms as stated above can easily fit into giftedness, trauma or stress. Thus, we focus on the symptoms not the label.
Within our integrative approach, which includes neurofeedback, EMDR, art, mindfulness and hypnotherapy, our clients often report increased clarity, less distractibility, and better organization. Overall there appears to be less of a struggle. Multiple studies, including double blind studies, have demonstrated the efficacy of art, hypnotherapy, EMDR and neurofeedback for ADD/ADHD.