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Using the anecdotal evidence of hypnotists, hypnotic subjects fall into one of four categories that split up 30 / 30 / 30 / 10. Roughly, they split up with 30% of the hypnotic subjects getting what they need in one session, 30% getting their sought benefit in two to six sessions, 30% stop and start for lengthy periods of time sometimes years, and 10% being unable / unwilling to use hypnosis at the time of a first attempt to find solutions.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complex diagnosis of behavioral criteria that occurs in more than one environment: school, home, and work. ADD/ ADHD has different degrees of impact on each individual. ADD/ADHD is not a simple headache that goes away with an aspirin. Treating attention deficit is an ongoing process of finding a goodness of fit in a cultural environment, establishing a connection with the individual's intrinsic drive to heal and perform with excellence, and maintaining a willingness to explore self and one's relationship with the world.

The diagnostic categories for attention deficit include three types: inattentive, hyperactive, and mixed. When reviewing literature for a paper in graduate school, I have found no evidence for ADD to be considered a medical disorder in the same way that diabetes, Alzheimer's, or an ulcer have biological evidence of a disorder. Attention deficit is a cluster of behavioral criteria that are annoying to others, and disruptive of the value placed on productivity in modern U.S. culture. Thom Hartmann (1997) proposed a hunter/farmer paradigm could be used to describe the human behavior found in attention deficit. The farmer is attentive to the task at hand, such plowing a straight line, or pulling weeds. The hunter is scanning the environment for evidence of game. These two mindsets function differently. The farmer mind set is proposed to be a linear structure of thought and doing one project after another through to completion, this works well in a corporate or factory structure requiring repetitive behavior for best productivity and profit motive. The hunter mind set is proposed to be a divergent structure of thought and doing what emerges to be of best completion of a hunt. The challenge in modern, complex society is to elicit and harness the innate skills and capacities of each human and establish a goodness of fit between an individual and the environment.

Of the people diagnosed with attention deficit, the most common treatment is pharmaceutical intervention, generally amphetamine based drugs. The issue with using medications is the need for a blood serum level to be established in order to gain control of attention and behavior. When the medications are not taken, the blood serum level of pharmaceutical behavioral control is not present and the behavior found to be disruptive or non-productive re-emerges. The cost is an ongoing monthly fee to drug companies for behavioral control. A more long lasting treatment is neurofeedback which is a brainwave version of biofeedback training. Twenty hours of neurofeedback are reported by Steinberg and Othmer (2004) to be able to eliminate the problem of inattention. The cost is the time and attention for at least twenty sessions of neurofeedback. The use of hypnosis in helping people who are struggling with attention deficit can have five approaches: simple direct suggestions, hypnotherapy for uncovering and resolving maladaptive decisions, Eric ksonian style conversational hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming, and hypnoanalysis which have a more structured process of in depth interview, word association, dream interpretation and cleanup of any residual maladaptive decisions with hypnotherapy. The cost ranges from one session of time and the hourly fee, to the time and financial investment of twelve sessions of structured hypnoanalysis, to the ongoing cost in time and money for weekly support groups, and private sessions. There is no one intervention that will work identically with each individual. This article will look at the use of basic direct suggestions in treating a young adult with inattention and boredom.

Begin with a hypnotic induction, and deepen the state until the client has reached the deepest workable state for that particular session. Offer the following direct suggestions:

In training your mind to harness the innermost wisdom on a daily basis, a sense of awareness becomes an unfolding, emergent part of every day of every year for the rest of your life. You are smart. Trust yourself. Inwardly, deep within your heart, is a bright, light, golden, or silvery light. . . . Sunlight. . . . Moonlight. Deep inside you is a light that has always been and always will be present. This internal spark of light is like every other form of light in our known universe, it has wave and particle activity.  Continue to Page 2

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