Adult ADHD & ADD
ADHD or ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder affects many adults and can cause a wide variety of problems that can hinder your career, your relationships and your life. Learning more about Adult ADHD/ADD and getting appropriate treatment is the first step to reclaiming your life.
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Do you struggle with:
- chronic lateness?
- extreme distractibility?
- difficulty completing tasks on time? mega-procrastination?
- not being able to listen to others or "spacing out" when they are talking?
- hyperfocus - not being able to pull yourself away from something?
- difficulty switching gears to a new task?
- poor organizational skills?
- underestimating the amount of time a task will take?
- out of sight, out of mind?
How about these...
- poor self-control
- blurting thoughts and words, for fear that if you don't say it - right now - then you will forget it?
- irritability or mood swings?
- short tempered?
- low self-esteem or sense of shame?
- feeling lazy or stupid?
- getting bored easily?
- doing a million things at once - but hardly every getting any of them done?
It is a myth that ADHD or Attention Deficit Disorder only effects kids. While some children might grow out of it, most do not. And, while for some people ADHD is a gift, for many undiagnosed and untreated adults, ADHD is more like a curse and definitely makes daily life much more difficult.
Adults with ADHD are at higher risk for:
- substance abuse
- financial problems
- relationship difficulties
- other mental health issues
The good news about Adult ADHD
No matter how challenging and difficult living with ADHD can be, with education, support and proper treatment, you can learn to manage the symptoms of Adult ADHD.
One of the most important things to do when seeking treatment for adult ADHD is to find someone who
- believes that Adult ADHD even exists, and
- understands the unique problems that ADHD can cause in and adult's life.
Techniques that might work for non-ADHD people might not be effective or helpful for someone with ADHD.
Self-help for Adult ADHD/ADD
Adult ADHD doesn't have to hold you back. There are things that you can do to help yourself, such as:
- Exercise - research has shown that 30 minutes of daily cardio exercise is equivalent to a dose of ADHD medication.
- Get plenty of sleep - being well rested will help improve attention, reduce impulsivity, and help you to manage more emotions more effectively.
- Do some research on time management - and start with implementing just one new strategy. When that one is a habit, add another strategy.
- Find support from people who won't criticize you, but help you be your best self.
When to seek outside help
If you are having struggling with the symptoms of Adult ADHD on your own despite your best efforts to manage them, it may be time to seek some outside support.
As someone who specializes in ADHD treatment, I can help you to:
- control impulsive behaviors
- manage your time more effectively
- get and stay organized
- manage stress and anger
- communicate more clearly
- understand that you are not lazy or a failure
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