The eyes are fixed on vacancy, the sounds of the world melt in to confused unity, the attention is dispersed… and the fore-ground of consciousness is filled, if by anything, by… surrender to the empty passing of time. In the dim background of our mind we know meanwhile what we ought to be doing, dressing ourselves, answering the person who has spoken to us, trying to make the next step in our reasoning. But somehow we cannot start. 

—William James (1890)


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition that is on the increase in civilised societies today. The strain of maintaining focus and the struggle to sit still makes this condition a real challenge, not only to the person who has it, but also to parents, carers and teachers as well as employers, friends and other family members.

Anxious ADHD is a type of ADHD that has all the symptoms of the classic ADHD (inattentive, disorganised, distractible, restless, hyperactive and impulsive) in conjunction with many other symptoms of high anxiety (tension, nervousness and predicting the worst) and other physical stress symptoms such as gastrointestinal symptoms and headaches. This type of ADHD may or may not be hyperactive.

Ironically, the harder those with ADHD and anxious ADHD try to concentrate, the worst things can become. This is because as the person tries to focus, the regions of the brain involved with concentration, focus and followthrough (the prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum) actually shut down, instead of turn on.

The good news is that ADHD and its anxious symptoms can be effectively treated. Happily, effective treatment does not change the personality of the person with ADHD; it simply removes the barriers that are hindering them from accessing their unique talents and abilities.

Treating Anxious ADHD at a Glimpse

The term ‘ADHD’ has become synonymous with a teacher’s nightmare, conjuring up a picture of a fidgety and disruptive child who struggles to concentrate in the classroom. 

For those living with the condition, however, as well as for those parents and carers of children with ADHD, it is clear that there is much more to it than that!

This course is designed to empower all those who live with the condition and support those who treat it or are impacted by it. 


The learning outcomes include:

  • an in-depth understanding of ADHD and anxious ADHD
  • how the anxious ADHD brain processes thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • knowledge of the three brain regions implicated in anxious ADHD
  • how to rebalance the anxious brain through personalised guided imagery
  • recommended interventions for healing anxious ADHD

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements 6Introduction 7Chapter 1: Quick Start: Key facts at a glimpse  What is ADHD? 9What Is the Difference Between ADHD and ADD? 10What Are the Causes of and Contributors to ADHD? 10Core Symptoms of ADHD 10ADHD and the ‘Executive Function’ 11Day to Day Symptoms of ADHD 12

    Beneficial Attributes of ADHD 14

    Other Conditions that May Accompany ADHD 15

    How Does ADHD Get Diagnosed? 17

    Is It Possible to Outgrow ADHD? 19

    Chapter 2: ADHD and Your Brain

    The Neurones 20 

    Neural Networks 21

    Chemical Neurotransmitters 22

    The Three Levels of the Brain 22

    Chapter 3: The Three Brain Regions Largely Implicated in Anxious ADHD

    The Prefrontal Cortex 28

    Problems in the Prefrontal Cortex 31

    The Prefrontal Cortex Rating Scale 32

    Optimising Your Prefrontal Cortex Functions 33

    The Basal Ganglia 35

    Functions of the Basal Ganglia 36

    Problems with the Basal Ganglia 37

    The Basal Ganglia Checklist 37

    Optimising Your Basal Ganglia Functions 38

    The Cerebellum 40

    Symptoms of the Cerebellar Issues 41

    Optimising the Cerebellum 41

    Chapter 4: Classic ADHD

    Common Symptoms of Classic ADHD 42

    Classic ADHD and Self-Medication 43

    Common Subconscious Tricks Played by Individuals with classic ADHD 44

    Chapter 5: Anxious ADHD

    Symptoms of Anxious ADHD 47

    Treating Anxious ADHD 48

    16 Recommended Interventions for Healing Anxious ADHD 48

    Chapter 6: Recommended Interventions for Healing Anxious ADHD

    Dietary Interventions 52

    Regular Aerobic Exercise 56

    Optimise the Gut-Brain Axis 57

    Neurofeedback Training 59

    Work Out the Brain Regularly 61

    Counselling and Psychotherapy 63

    Transform Automatic Negative Thoughts 64

    Count Your blessings, Not Your Burden  67

    Daily Relaxation Exercise 70

    Guided Imagery Relaxation Script 71

    Chapter 7: Tips for Helping a Child with Anxious ADHD 76

    Chapter 8: Tips for Going to Bed and Getting Up 80

    References 82

    Other Resources 83

What Others are Saying About the Content

“The course was enjoyable and helpful for personal application, emotional self-improvement and good mental health habits. Overall a helpful and positive course.” Anonymous, Senior Psychiatric Nurse.

“Very interesting theories and methods of addressing the inner critical voice”. — Suman G., Sufferer

“Interesting course and informative. Good intervention.” Sallies S., Counsellor/ family Therapist/ EMDR Therapist

“The course contain some new and interesting approaches that can be applied in conjunction with existing methods.” Nick C., Psychotherapist

“I enjoyed the course and can see how I could apply this in my work with clients.” – Samantha H., Psychotherapist

“I really enjoyed the workshop. Lots of practical information which I can actually use.” Thank you! – Judith M., Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

“Well taught and lost of information. Very informative and useful. – Anonymous, Therapist

“ A new approach – easy to apply. “ – Anonymous, Teenagers With Anxiety Helper

“A very informative workshop, stripping back to basics that gets forgotten in the REAL world.”  – Pip B., Therapeutic Support Worker/Counsellor

“Very interesting course. Easy to follow. Pleasant tutor, happy to answer queries.” – Jacki G., Service Manager

“My top reason for attending was to understand the FEAR model. It was a very good course. Samantha R., Adult Mental Health Social Worker

“Lots of information. Very interesting and made me understand my own anxieties. Information will also help me with my job role. Anita T., Community Health Nurse School Nursing

I attended in order to assist in working with young people. Excellent course. Very interesting! Rachel C., School Nurse

“Excellent! — Cheryl H., Assistant Practitioner School Nursing

“Enjoyed the course. useful tools.” — Angela T., Counsellor

“Very interesting and will use some of it in my hypnotherapy.” —Joanne H., Hypnotherapist


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