Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is poorly controlled in hyperactive adult and children. This led to constant swinging of behaviour between hyperactivity and lethargy. By restoring the ANS balance, we will be able to improve the attention span, behaviour and life quality of ADD and their caretaker.
The Sign of Hyperactivity
Hyperactivity is experienced in a number of ways. The person with hyperactivity feels discomfort at having to keep still for even short periods of time. There may be a physical inability to refrain from restless movements for more than a few minutes. Always, one is caught in a mental whirlwind, meant the rapid shifting of his thoughts from one subject to another. Another sign of hyperactivity may be frequent movement of the eyes, a scanning of the environment that frustrates other people. It is disconcerting to be with an individual who seems to be always on the lookout for something, or someone, else.
Hyperactivity, like other traits associated with ADD, is a normal stage in the maturation of a child. In attention deficit disorder, stages become states: the individual’s psychological development remains static. Behaviors and emotional patterns remain at a level characteristic of the toddler. Hyperactivity and its counterpart, the lethargy of many children and adults with ADD, are both exaggerations of body states first experienced during toddlerhood, from about the end of “the second nine months of gestation” to about the age of eighteen months. They each represent the activity of the autonomic nervous system, which, in ADD, is poorly controlled.
Our Nervous System
Human nervous system has two major parts: The Voluntary Nervous System (VNS) and Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
The VNS moves the muscles of the trunk, limbs and head, in deliberate actions such as speech or changes of position. The ANS is autonomous from our conscious will, it regulates all of the involuntary functions of your body, including respiration, digestion, hormone levels, etc. The body’s physiological states are directly influenced by emotions because the part of the cortex that processes emotions also oversees the ANS.
The ANS has two opposing divisions: the sympathetic, which expends energy, and the parasympathetic, which conserves energy. When we are in a sympathetically aroused state, our muscles tense, our heart rate increases, blood flow goes to our limbs and adrenaline is pumped through our bodies. The firing of sympathetic nerves creates a body climate of high arousal, important in survival because it enables us to move quickly in either escape or self-defence. This is the well-known fight-or-flight response. In daily life, we experience it as the body state associated with excitement.
Hyperactivity is unregulated high arousal, appropriate in the young toddler, less so for older age. There is another component to hyperactivity: throughout life, it continues to be a human response during times of high anxiety. Hyperactivity in ADD is believed to be fed by a current of permanent, subterranean anxiety.
In ADD, hyperactivity and a low-arousal state have become entrenched, inappropriate to the individual’s age or to events in the immediate present. They are triggered too easily, and when triggered, they tend to go out of control. The cortex is not able to regulate either division of the autonomic nervous system. Physiologically and emotionally, the child or adult with ADD swings back and forth between over-the-top, purposeless excitement and a non-restful vegetative state in which the predominant emotion is shame.
A requirement of healing, becoming whole, is circuitry in the brain that can carry different messages and a different, non-helpless image of the self. There is strong evidence that such circuits can develop at any time in life, as can neural pathways to help the cortex to do its job of inhibition and regulation.
Hyperactivity and NuCalm
In the case of ADD, when their body’s Sympathetic Nervous System or the “fight-or-flight” mechanism is activated, it goes straights into over-drive mode and spun out of control. Hyperactivity consistently and unnecessary releases of adrenaline and cortisol compromise their sleep, emotional stability, health and happiness.
It’s not impossible to interrupt this response by pausing and practicing a mindfulness technique or breathing exercise, but it’s highly improbable without years of training and unusual discipline, and especially with ADD. It is critical to your health to create habits to effectively manage stress, maintain balance, and increase stress resilience. So, how do you override this basic human survival programming? NuCalm.
How NuCalm Can Help
Balancing the amount of time our body spends in “fight-or-flight” vs “rest-and-digest” is called autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance.
NuCalm® is the world’s first and only patented neuroscience technology clinically proven to lower stress and balance the autonomic nervous system – without drugs. NuCalm gives you the power and control to slow down and recharge anywhere, any time. NuCalm predictably and quickly “flips the switch” from high cortisol and adrenaline (similar to hyperactivity) to deep relaxation. This allows your body to stop the flood of cortisol and transition away from the stress response, into deep relaxation and restoration.
NuCalm quickly slows your mind and body and activates your brain-heart-lung connection to optimize diaphragmatic breathing, oxygen-rich red blood cell flow, optimal recovery and muscle recovery. With NuCalm, your mind wanders (in Theta brainwave length) and your body idles in its optimal recovery state.
A 20 minutes NuCalm session allows you to go from stressed, hyperactivity and out of control, to a state of deep calm and balance. A complete NuCalm session (to your natural endpoint) will allow your body to achieve complete balance of your autonomic nervous system. Your physiology will be optimized and your mind will be clear and focused. Stress and hyperactivity will not interfere with your decision making.
NuCalm will utilize your body’s own systems to naturally interrupt the midbrain stress response and transition to deep relaxation. By calming down the over firing parasympathetic nervous system, the hyperactivity can be managed with greater ease and improve the life quality of the ADD patient and their care taker.