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Attention Deficit Disorder


Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a neurological disorder of the brain’s ability to organize information and perform tasks.  If you suspect you have ADD you most likely relate to the following:

  • You have been referred to as “lazy” or “not meeting potential”
  • You probably find it difficult to sustain attention; “tuning out” is a hallmark of ADD
  • You lose things often and repeatedly
  • You have trouble getting started on a task unless really motivated or reminded
  • Perhaps you were easily bored and found it difficult to tolerate that feeling and so pursued extreme physical activities and behaviors or addictions
  • Perhaps you seek large amounts of caffeine or drink alcohol excessively
  • You are probably the life of the party until called upon to be reliable
  • You may experience mood swings that others thought meant you were Bipolar
  • Your relationships eventually suffer because you cannot attend to them as expected
  • You may have been blamed for the chaos of the family (i.e.: vacations, holidays)
  • You may have cycled through multiple jobs in short periods of time
  • You have great ideas but difficulty carrying them out

This cluster of symptoms and many more are indicative of ADD, which for many years was mistakenly believed to be only a disorder of childhood.  More sophisticated advances in brain science and improved diagnostic abilities now prove that it is not something you “grow out of”, but rather must learn to assimilate into your self-view.

I approach ADD with a strength-based model practiced and published by Dr. Edward Hallowell. Through this approach, ADD is accepted and benefits of it strengthened with practical tools that involve building external structures, involving supportive resources like a coach and possibly medication or supplements.

As a certified Amen Method Professional, I work in conjunction with the San Francisco branch of The Amen Clinic to provide a holistic approach incorporating diagnostic testing using SPECT imaging, brain-directed nutraceutical supplements, and behavioral coaching to bring light to this often troublesome diagnosis.  I also work with local psychiatrists to help support psychotropic medications and provide thorough continuum of care.


Useful ADD Resources


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What Brings You Here?

Do you feel like you cannot accomplish daily tasks, are losing things?
Do you have difficulty sustaining attention or getting started?
Do you feel irritable, unfocused or moody?