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ADULTADHD

Adulting With ADHD

Persistent and Frustrating:

Adult ADHD can be a persistent and often frustrating condition to live with. The symptoms can manifest themselves in different ways, depending on the individual, but they generally involve issues with attention, focus, organization, time-management, and impulsivity. For example, someone with ADHD may struggle to maintain attention during conversations, have difficulty starting or completing tasks, forget important details or deadlines, or struggle with managing their time effectively. These challenges can affect many aspects of daily life, from work and relationships to self-care and daily routines.

The Battle Against Yourself: One of the most difficult aspects of having adult ADHD is feeling like you are constantly battling against yourself. It can be hard to understand why simple tasks that others seem to take for granted, such as paying bills or doing laundry, are so overwhelming and exhausting. This can lead to feelings of frustration, anxiety, and even depression. At the same time, people with ADHD often have a unique set of strengths, such as creativity, energy, and a willingness to take risks. ​ There is Hope: Despite the challenges, there is hope for those living with adult ADHD. With proper diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to manage the symptoms and lead a fulfilling life. Treatment options can include a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes. Medications such as stimulants can be effective in reducing symptoms like hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. ADHD Coaching can help individuals develop coping strategies and learn to manage the emotional challenges. It can also help with lifestyle changes like exercise, good sleep hygiene, and a healthy diet. Coaching can also be helpful in managing symptoms to improve your overall well-being. ​ Not a Reflection of Personal Failure: It's important to remember that living with ADHD is not a reflection of personal failure or weakness. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of people, and it can be managed with the right support and resources. With the help of medical professionals, therapists, coaches, and supportive loved ones, individuals with ADHD can learn to thrive in their personal and professional lives.

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Challenges Adults with ADHD Encounter:

 

  • Organization, time management, planning and accountability

  • Impulsivity leading to poor decision-making

  • Lack of motivation, goal-setting and vision

  • Inability to focus on tasks for long periods of time

  • Restlessness, and a constant need for stimulation

  • Procrastination and trouble meeting deadlines

  • Difficulty with memory and forgetfulness

  • Poor social skills and problems with communication

  • Struggles with maintaining relationships and managing emotions

  • Difficulty with self-motivation and following through on goals

  • Tendency towards addictive behaviors and substance abuse

  • Co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

How an ADHD Coach could help:

  • Help develop organizational strategies to manage time and prioritize tasks

  • Work on planning and breaking down larger projects into smaller, manageable steps

  • Talk about accountability and support to stay on track and meet goals

  • Help with mindfulness and relaxation techniques to manage impulsivity and restlessness

  • Work on developing social skills and effective communication techniques

  • Help build strategies for managing and regulating emotions

  • Work on developing coping mechanisms for managing stress and anxiety

  • Provide education on ADHD and its impact on daily life

  • Help with building self-confidence and self-esteem

  • Talk about how to get support with job searches

ADHD is being told you're "too much" while simultaneously feeling like you're not enough.

-Unknown

Sauna Bucket

You fill a bucket drop by drop.

You clear your mind thought by thought.

You heal yourself moment by moment.

Today I make one drop,

clear one thought,

and get present to one moment.

And then, I do it again.

-Lisa Wimberger

Aren't you worth it?

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