You’re an adult, with ADHD. Diagnosed or “pretty sure of it.” You may have recently discovered this about yourself, or discovered it awhile ago but at that stage of your life, it was all too much to wrestle with.
So you put it aside. But now it’s jumped onto the front burner.
Maybe your choice and maybe not: an issue cropped up in your relationships, at work, or for some other reason.
ut you’re ready to roll now. You’re tired of “it” getting in your way.
You’re tired of knowing what to do. But you don’t do it.
You have been reading and notice that you do look at things differently from some of the people in your life.
Or you have challenges other people don’t seem to struggle with as much as you do.
OK. Awareness. But so what and now what?
You can make some changes – more on that later – which will make daily life much easier.
You can use ADHD-friendly strategies instead of trying to force fit something into your life. And not apologize for this.
You can educate yourself on how to manage and make great use of your ADHD and your strengths. Because, you do have them, even if it might not feel like it some days.
You’ll get more out of your life because you’re headed down a path of making things “fit” better for how you think, work, make connections and live.
ecause you’re aware and paying attention, you’ll discover ways to support what’s most important to you, using a variety of resources, team members, and even collaboration among professionals, to get you where you want to be.
One More Step into Awareness
Where to start. You life feels big and parts of it just aren’t working how you’d like. Where do you begin? We have a tool for that at our CHADD conference session.
Which approach for solving your questions will work? People? Self-study options? Medical or holistic?
What kind of person do you work best with? We’ll have questions you can use to figure that out, so if you work with some professionals, one-on-one, you’ll have questions to ask them.
And The Practical Side
The internal awareness must be growing and there for you, first, before you choose how to address your ADHD.
It shows up differently for each of us; always remember that for yourself and to tell others around you who have experiences to share.
If you start with practical suggestions from other people, how will you assess whether they are right for you?. But if you know your own ADHD well, you’ll have fewer experiments to do.
Interview with Andrea & Sue: Our Hopes for You at Our CHADD Session
My co-presenter at CHADD’s international conference is Andrea Sharb. She and I are both certified as coaches, and one of our specialties is people who have/think they have ADHD.
For the CHADD international conference, we’ve designed a session about creating a team to support your adult ADHD self. We’ll share and have attendees discuss about awareness, teams, collaboration and best practices. We’ll have handouts, tools and a special website page for more, just for attendees.
And an accountability call in January, too, because that works for many people!
Listen here to Andrea and me, interviewed by the CHADD programs team >>
And our next post will be about how a team can help with living your life the way you want to `& and yet not be one more thing that you need to take care of.