The symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome are all nervous disorders which include the brain/ central nervous system and stress. The nervous system functions with its full potential in perfect tranquility. This is how we experience peace of mind, calmness, restful alertness etc.
Restlessness, impulsive reactions and an aggressive nature are all opposite to the experience of peace of mind. What the children are experiencing with ADHD and ADD are all indicative of an overload of stress on the Nervous System that causes the Pre-Frontal Cortex to shut down. This is why they seem unable to calm down on their own. The Pre-Frontal Cortex, the area of the brain located at and behind the forehead, is responsible for higher functions such as thinking, learning, attention and attention span, intuition, inspiration, right action, decent words, clean intentions, positive thinking, planning, organizing, and a host of other activities that make us gentle, loving, creative, compassionate and tolerant, and God loving human beings.
When, because of constant stress, the pre-frontal cortex shuts down, we see the opposite qualities in the behaviour of the individual because another part of the brain is now playing the leading role, the main functioning brain has made a switch to the back of the brain, or limbic area, the area responsible for the Fight or Flight response. It may get as if stuck there. The direct result is of course all that we see in our society and our world today, negative thoughts, charged words, wrong actions, wrong intentions and of course, as you sow so shall you reap, so the more negative we become, the more negativity we cause in our lives and collectively in our society. It becomes a vicious circle. This is how we create little by little, thought by little thought, word by little cuss word, action by every little wrong action that hurt others and ourselves, the fabric of this stressful society we live in. Of course, we reap the results in crime, dullness of the people, lack of creativity, lack of energy, wrong eating habits which will destroy the body, wrong lifestyles. The most stressed cities in the world are the ones where the people do not sleep at night.
Sleep is the way of the nervous system to settle down away from activities and the hustle and bustle of life to repair any wear and tear that happened during the day. It also replenishes the system for the coming day. When you see children on the streets at 11 pm and past that time, you know that this society is preparing for trouble. The young nervous systems need sleep to replenish their energies for the functions of higher learning to be effective, instead, it is the adults who are supposed to guide them who most of the time, create these nocturnal activities that rob them of their vitality, intelligence and their youth.
According to Ayurveda, ADHD, ADD, and PTSS are all caused by an imbalance in Vata (air). The mind feels unstable with lots of thoughts, mainly of fear or anxiety. This causes the individual to lose confidence in himself or herself, and they may dive into depression and or substance abuse of all kinds to try to self medicate and escape the deep feeling of imbalance. The mind is unable to manage itself and dullness is the result. The purity of the mind is eroded, and this brings on frustration because knowing one’s ability and not being able to use it creates anger – the inability to fulfill one’s desires.
Many of our children are going through these debilitating illnesses. They turn away from school and most of them become violent. They have intense intrusive thoughts and may be trying to fight them off all the time. Such a child withdraws from company as they feel they have to fight their battle alone, because others around them will not understand. If this child does not receive help, he or she will soon be influenced by these negative thoughts and we are all aware of the results. The youth should know that taking drugs will not solve any problem, it will only serve to make the problem worse. All hallucinogenic drugs without exception, vitiate Vata and create deep, long-term imbalances in the mind and body.
The remedy to this malady is to get the young person to experience Peace of Mind on a daily basis. They need to have quiet time woven into their day. Today, we do not think that children should get free time just for themselves, because we keep packing their days with all sorts of activities from morning till they go to sleep. The other thing is that when they do have free time, they will be found in front of the TV, the Internet or playing dangerous video games. We may not think of the video games as dangerous, but just the thought of killing is detrimental to the individual, so much more the act, even in what seems to be a game. Remember Christ said, “If you think it you have already done it.”
We need to introduce children to Nature from a very early age, lots of outdoor activities should make them healthier and more positive and rested, and give them healthier habits for the future. Children who maintain a healthy connection with nature are very difficult to be influenced negatively.
Several Scientific Research studies have been done on ADHD, ADD, and PTSS (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) The soldiers coming home from war show the worse symptoms of PTSS. Please look it up: www.davidlynchfoundation.org or www.tm.org The David Lynch Foundation is trying to reduce ADHD, ADD, and PTSS from the lives of our youth and help them to live dignified, decent lives again.
When someone has a traumatic experience, it creates a deep stress on the nervous. Years may pass, but the pain keeps bothering the person. It can be physical, emotional or mental.
The stars of Hollywood have understood the importance and urgency of our times, and from time to time, they give special performances to raise funds to help these helpless children and young people to experience peace of mind. To date, only the Transcendental Meditation Technique has been shown to significantly decrease and eliminate these debilitating diseases. The medications used for these conditions have long lists of side effects that parents should seriously consider and carefully read the labels, and talk with the child’s doctor before deciding to administer them to their children.
All over the world; USA, Latin America, Europe, Asia, leaders of all areas of society are using TM to help the youth regain their calm and their normal lives again.
Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural mental technique for experiencing deep rest in the body and peace of mind. We experience a unique state of inner silence, stillness, and after 10 – 15 minutes of restful alertness, we open the eyes to a much clearer mind, positive thoughts, better behaviour, and inner happiness. The nervous system is less stressed. As the practice is continued regularly, we acquire deeper and deeper states of permanent inner restfulness, greater energy and creativity, increase in intelligence and IQ. The brain regains its proper functioning at the Pre-Frontal Cortex, and stresses are released.
The Transcendental Meditation Centre has been teaching Transcendental Meditation in Dominica from 1975 to the present time. Dr. Lucia John and Mr. Kelvin Rolle are Co- Directors of the Institute and right now we are trying to get 100 students suffering from ADHD, ADD or PTSS to learn the Transcendental Meditation Technique. We are actively looking for funding so that these 100 students can learn for free and experience the peace of mind we are talking about. We are also looking for sponsors in Dominica who would like to help finance the project.
National Day activities are coming up in less than a month, and we would like to have peaceful activities. Scientific Research has shown that in any environment where there is a group of individuals practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique regularly, the crime rate is greatly reduced, the entire society enjoys a sense of relief and peace, simply because a group of persons in that society is releasing the stresses from their own nervous systems, and they are enjoying greater peace of mind, becoming more positive and compassionate. This is scientifically called the Maharishi Effect, because His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted this effect since the 1970’s.
To register your child to learn to meditate, or to sponsor a child or a group, please call Dr. Lucia John at: 1 767 449 8154, 1 767 614 0903, 500, 5060, or email [email protected] you can also visit us at 30 McIntyre Lane in Goodwill. So far, we have 103 young persons registered and we are accepting registration for a future group. We would also like some parents to volunteer to help in this process of returning the peace of mind of the youth to them.
The media will be following the progress of the group.