Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder has been a buzzword in the medical community for the last decade. ADHD is the primary diagnosis in over 7.3 million annual outpatient visits to physicians and hospitals. It's on the upswing, with diagnoses of ADHD in “misbehaving” children rising as much as 5.5% per year according to the CDC.
While theories abound (and continue to evolve) as to the causes and treatment of ADHD, the founder of Somatic Experiencing® sees many parallels to children who have faced trauma. In this 5-minute interview, Peter A. Levine, PhD explains that the symptoms of ADHD in some people may be rooted in unresolved traumatic experiences. He explains, for instance, that “hyperarousal and hypervigilance are key earmarks of trauma.”
View the video here and see additional notes below:
In the above video, Peter mentions his book, Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. Click here to view an interview with the author (courtesy San Diego's CW, Channel 6).
He also mentions the book Trauma Through A Child's Eyes, which includes an amazing passage titled “Remarkable Devin.” Devin's story suggests how an experience like birth trauma can influence ADHD-like symptoms.
Rock on Trauma Healers,
Author Laura Piché has been an employee for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute for over four years and currently serves as the media administrator. Laura has completed the beginning and intermediate levels of the SE® training and is the co-coordinator of the 2011 Denver SE training. She is currently working on her master's degree in counseling psychology from Regis University.