This is a description of the alternative approach practiced at the Ocean Park Integral Healing Center for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of ADD.  We define ADD as a dominant, poly factorial genetic personality variant.  Being dominant means that if either one of the parents has it, there is a high likelihood that their children will have it.  Being poly factorial means that ADD can be expressed in any combination of 20 behavior patterns.  ADD susceptibility is primarily genetic.  Psycho social factors are considered secondary contributors either negative or positive.

The ADD personality manifests itself in 20 clusters of habitual behavioral patterns, (The Twenty Barriers to Success) contained in your handout.  During the initial interview, each of the 20 patterns are discussed and scored according to a consensus of those participating in the evaluation.  ADD is considered severe (that is, requiring immediate attention) if the person has 15 or more patterns whether of slight, moderate, severe or incapacitating intensity.  The pattern of highest intensity clusters defines the sub type of ADD and helps to define the appropriate long term treatment plan.

Ideally, the whole family should participate in the diagnostic and treatment activities.  Follow up for the entire family is done every four weeks or so when the 20 items questionnaire is repeated and compared with previous questionnaires.  In this manner, improvement is documented.

In summary, ADD consists primarily of distracted, impulsive and reckless behavior.  Frequently, but not in all cases, hyperactivity is observed.  The symptoms are basically the same in children and in adults.

Each one of the 20 behavior patterns indicative of ADD, if undiagnosed, not treated or treated inadequately, can become exacerbated into what is commonly called co morbid conditions such as:  panic attacks, depression, manic-depressive psychosis, addictions, obesity, delinquency, poor scholastic performance in spite of normal or superior intelligence, domestic violence, divorce, corruption, homelessness, workplace conflicts, self mutilation, suicide, eating disorders, hypochondria and several other psychiatric syndromes.