You’re an adult with ADHD!
“WHAT,” you say? Why are you offering me “congratulations” on having ADHD? Isn’t ADHD a “bad” thing? Doesn’t ADHD make me “disabled?”
The answer is a BIG.FAT.NO! ADHD is a medically diagnosed condition, BUT it’s NOT as “bad” as what you’re thinking! ADHD can actually be a GREAT thing in your life if you learn to manage some of the symptoms and work with HOW your brain works!
Too many times there are stigmas about brain issues such as ADHD. When some people encounter ADHD, they often think of it as a “bad” thing. Like that kid who is “bad,” or who “can’t behave,” or that having ADHD is a terrible thing. Well, it can be if you focus on just the “bad” stuff.
What they some people DON’T understand about ADHD is all the “good stuff” about it! First of all, people with ADHD often are the most creative and successful people out there! For example, check this out:
Hmmmmmm….Sounds like there’s a whole HECK of a lot to “like” about having ADHD! But why do some people think ADHD is so “BAD” if there are so many “good stuff” things about it? Perhaps because with all the “good stuff,” ADHD has other some “challenges,” NOT BAD things, but just “challenges” because the brains of people with ADHD function in a unique and “different” way.
For instance, people with ADHD can have inattention issues, where they struggle keeping their focus or staying engaged, or hyperactivity issues, which means it’s pretty hard to be expected to “sit still,” or to be “quiet,” or they be very impulsive, which means they can often make decisions pretty quickly without thinking through the consequences to their actions. These aren’t BAD things, because every human being has had times of inattention or hyperactivity or impulsiveness, it’s just that for a person with ADHD, it’s harder for them to “control” because of their brain makeup.
So what can you do about your own diagnosed ADHD? Well, you could choose to ignore it and just try to go forward. That’s an option, because many people with ADHD don’t even realize their ADHD is affecting others around them, but if your ADHD IS affecting your relationships, your job, your anger, your schooling, your focus, your ability to accomplish tasks, your ability to concentrate, your ability to make good decisions, and even your ability to control your anger, etc. then perhaps ignoring it ISN’T the best solution.
There are MANY different options to treating ADHD. Some with more mild ADHD find that they can manage their ADHD through some therapy with an ADHD coach or through mindfulness activities, frequent exercise, organizational training, or even through homeopathic techniques. But others find that this is not enough and need more, such as medications—stimulant or non-stimulant medications—in addition to some of the above mentioned techniques.
In people with ADHD, brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are less active in areas of the brain that control attention. The important thing to know that although many people “fear” taking medications due to side-effects or fear of becoming “addicted” to those medications, sometimes medications are the VERY answer to helping the body “manage” those symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity or impulsiveness.
Try and think about ADHD, which is a MEDICALLY diagnosed condition like you would look at Diabetes. Diabetes is ALSO a MEDIACALLY diagnosed condition! So would you ignore your diagnosis of Diabetes? You could, but it’s guaranteed that your quality of life would be very poor, even resulting in death because your body is not getting the treatment it needs. So, if you would readily take Insulin to give to your body what it needs, why wouldn’t you give your brain what it needs too?
Is it worth living the highest quality of life? YES! So whatever it takes, look into it–DON’T IGNORE your ADHD–so you can use the “good stuff” qualities you have in best way possible!!
Check out these other great resources for Adult ADHD!
10 Symptoms of Adult ADHD: http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/10-symptoms-adult-adhd#1
How significant is my Adult ADHD? http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20343014,00.html
The Adult ADHD Starter Kit! https://add.org/starter-kit/