Are you an adult who struggles with ADD or ADHD? Do you feel alone and like no one understands what you deal with on a daily basis? Here are a few tips that can help give you a place to start!
Tip 1. Read and Educate Yourself About It. We are living in an age where so much information is available to us, almost to the point of sensory overload. We spend so much time getting focused on things that are not about us but spend little time for self-discovery and education. There are great resources out there for education on adult ADHD. One resource is a book called Driven to Distraction. A website that is funny but also educational is www.totallyadd.com If we are not aware of what is impacting our life, we cannot help others understand and make the needed changes in life for us.
Tip 2. Rethink ADHD. Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Ratey in their book Driven to Distraction have done a great job of breaking down ADHD. On page 351 they show the concept of ADD as the ability to concentrate on everything instead of an inability to concentrate. This analysis allows for “removing the stigma of laziness and the burden of guilt.” On previous pages they also show ADD as, “You don’t mean to do the things you do do, and you don’t do the things you mean to do.” If a person is able to reframe and rethink their ADD/ADHD, they can move past and work through the secondary issues that create their emotional pain from it.
Tip 3. Relax and Interact with others. For many, calling a friend or talking to a family member can help us feel more energized. Relaxing is extremely challenging when faced with ADD/ADHD, but if for a few moments you are able to relax and take a deep breath, you can conquer your day and become available to friends and family.
These tips are just a small sample of what adults with ADHD can do. This does not solve the world’s problems, but hopefully these tips will help you begin to see adult ADHD in a new light!
If you struggle with ADHD, feel free to contact the office for an appointment to better understand your diagnosis, receive coaching/counseling, and set up a plan for your future.