Visual Thinking 101_22 Have you heard about mental imagery and ADHD

People with ADHD often have very fast moving mental images, their brain runs like a Ferrari, without any breaks. This is great for mental gymnastics, making high speed connections between various facts and all manner of clever stuff.

The only problem is that all this high speed stuff can be quite overwhelming, for example:

  • very fast moving mental images
  • your thoughts going too fast to catch them
  • multiple mental images – when you try to image one image of say a cat you get 100 and they are all fighting – very scary
  • fractured mental images – that is like the image was on a piece of glass and the glass breaks – so you have bits of cat flying all over the place
  • multiple screens – this is like going into a TV shop and there banks of televisions on and you have to watch them all.

But the medical profession have not connected mental imagery and ADHD. You don’t need a large research project just a quick discussion with someone diagnosed with ADHD, and their exceptional skills are clear. In addition we know how people can start to control their imagery when they want to focus. It takes just a few minutes to teach, the student just needs to practice. And don’t believe anyone who says you are born with ADHD, until you have tried these skills.

There has been a petition to improve adult ADHD screening, inform patients, end discrimination and improve self-management. It will be discussed in Parliament in Feb 2023. I look forward to mental imagery being included in the self-management tools.

If you have experienced one or all of the above do come and join our free on-line teleseminar on Wednesday 1st February at 8pm.  You will get lots of tips to help you understand your own experience and make simple changes if you wish.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  You will be able to ask questions on line; We look forward to hearing from you.

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My name is Olive Hickmott, I am a health and learning coach, specialising in working with neurodivergent students. I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
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The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of Mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties

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About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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