Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be challenging, and one of the most distressing aspects of this condition is rejection sensitivity. Rejection sensitivity refers to the heightened emotional response individuals with ADHD may experience when they perceive rejection or criticism. The heightened emotional response may be seen as a form of a reactive internal dialogue played out in angry, defensive outbursts towards others when rejection or criticism is perceived. This often leads to anxiety, depression, and strained relationships.
ADHD and Rejection Sensitivity: A Vicious Cycle
Symptoms like impulsivity, inattention, hyperactivity, defensiveness, and emotional outbursts characterize ADHD. While these symptoms are challenging, rejection sensitivity adds another layer of complexity. People with ADHD often struggle with feeling misunderstood or rejected by others due to their behaviour. This perception can be real or imagined, but it’s intense and emotionally distressing nonetheless. Rejection sensitivity can lead to a vicious cycle of avoidance, isolation, low self-esteem and self-doubt, making it even harder to manage the core symptoms of ADHD.
While Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) is no cure-all for ADHD, I have seen LENS have a profound impact on creating more focus and less noise for those with ADHD. Some of my clients have reported that LENS has made a significant difference in their ADHD symptoms, helping them manage rejection sensitivity and in turn improve relationships. Initial results from LENS are typically felt in 4-5 sessions, with the average number of sessions to achieve optimal functioning at around 15 – 20+.
LENS, or Low Energy Neurofeedback System, is a non-invasive neurofeedback technique that offers hope to individuals with ADHD, particularly those dealing with rejection sensitivity. Unlike traditional neurofeedback, which requires conscious effort and awareness, LENS is passive and subtle. It works by measuring and modulating brainwave activity to optimize neural functioning without any conscious input from the individual.
LENS involves measuring and recording electrical signals from the scalp, and using the frequencies of those signals to guide the speed of a feedback signal from a feedback unit. The recorded EEG signals influence the electromagnetic feedback. The feedback, in turn, changes the quantity and frequency of the recorded brainwave signals. The intensity of the field is less than a trillionth of a watt and is only in use for a few seconds during each session. For reference, a cellular telephone generates a signal millions of times greater than the power of the LENS feedback signal. The LENS low-power electromagnetic field is lower than the field surrounding digital watches. No instances of problems with the emissions from the feedback have ever been recorded. LENS is an FDA-certified Class II device.
How LENS Helps with Rejection Sensitivity
- Balancing Brainwave Activity: LENS targets specific brainwave patterns associated with ADHD and rejection sensitivity. By gently nudging these patterns towards balance, LENS helps regulate emotional responses and emotional dysregulation, calming the person’s nervous system and making them less prone to exaggerated reactions to perceived rejection.
- Reducing Anxiety: Anxiety often accompanies rejection sensitivity. LENS can help alleviate anxiety by calming the overactive parts of the brain responsible for anxious thoughts and feelings.
- Enhancing Emotional Resilience: LENS can improve emotional resilience by fostering a sense of inner stability. This newfound emotional strength can empower individuals with ADHD to cope better with the challenges.
- Improved Focus and Self-Regulation: By optimizing neural functioning, LENS can also help individuals with ADHD better manage their core symptoms. Improved focus and self-regulation can reduce impulsive behaviours common in people with ADHD that might contribute to perceived rejection.
- Enhancing Self-Esteem: Over time, as individuals with ADHD experience reduced rejection sensitivity and improved emotional well-being, their self-esteem tends to increase. They begin to perceive themselves as more capable and deserving, which positively impacts their relationships and overall quality of life.
- Better Interpersonal Relationships: LENS can facilitate better communication and understanding within relationships. As rejection sensitivity decreases, individuals with ADHD can engage in healthier interactions, reducing conflict and improving their social connections.
- Personalized Treatment: LENS is adaptable and can be tailored to an individual’s unique brainwave patterns. This personalized approach ensures that treatment is effective for each person’s specific needs.
Incorporating LENS into ADHD Management
While LENS offers promising benefits for individuals with ADHD and rejection sensitivity, it’s essential to remember that it should complement a comprehensive treatment plan. This plan may include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), lifestyle modifications, and other interventions.
Rejection sensitivity is a significant challenge for individuals with ADHD. LENS is an innovative approach that offers hope and some relief. By balancing brainwave activity, reducing anxiety, enhancing emotional resilience, and improving self-regulation, LENS can empower individuals with ADHD to help manage their condition.
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