I know have posted about this before, but it is fascinating to me that even researchers may not see the link between PTSD and ADHD symptoms.
This new study in referenced in ScienceDaily, talks about how children with ADHD “face challenges such as poverty, divorce, neighborhood violence and substance abuse among family members”. Hmmm, and what kinds of experiences trigger PTSD? EXACTLY!
There is a lot of evidence that the symptoms of PTSD can resemble those of ADHD.Is it surprising that a person how has dealt with traumatic issues is distracted, impulsive and lacks focus? Their man concerns are ‘am I in danger? How do I stay safe?’.
Through work with horses, our clients who are dealing with ADHD or PTSD, begin to see how their behaviors affect those around them, especially their horse. We help them develop and practice self-soothing skills, such as deep breathing and visualization. Additionally, when addressing PTSD, we help clients understand that the ‘flight or fight mode’ that they often find themselves in, is the same strategy that horses have used for thousands of years to survive as a species.
If you or someone you know struggles with ADHD, PTSD or other social, emotional or behavioral issues, we are here to help. Call or email to schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce you to our horses, learn more about the challenges you are facing and share how work with horses is a powerful tool for learning, growth and change.