ADHD in the news, take a look at this story of how ADHD is impacting adult lives. The story portrays adults who have been impacted with ADHD and their belief in their self-worth, damaged by ADHD. Opportunities lost to a neuro-biological condition that at least in theory would go away as individuals reached adulthood. Findings are showing that as children are being diagnosed with ADHD parents are becoming aware of their own ADHD.
What can be done? For some there is solace in the variety of medications available to treat ADHD and often that is not enough to equip those with ADHD to function at the level they desire to function at. Sometimes it takes more than some medications to boost the performance of those with ADHD. Often what happens after years of hearing and experiencing less than positive messages the person with ADHD takes on those messages and believes that they are true. “You aren’t good enough” and that takes more than some medications.
If you think you may have ADHD (if you have children with ADHD, you may have ADHD yourself), find out if those patterns you see in your children are patterns you have. If you have found yourself having difficulty managing time, losing things, forgetting where you put things, difficulty understanding directions, not getting things done on time, purchasing things because it feels good or not being able to figure what to do you may want to find out if you do have ADHD, especially if has been a persistent problem over many years. The first step is finding out. The second step is working with an ADHD professional to help you establish new habits and processes that will enable you to get good results.
“Nothing says work efficiency like panic mode.”
― Don Roff
ADHD is not just a small problem with small consequences it is a big problem with large consequences. As more and more is learned about the brain and how it works there are more and new ways of managing ADHD. If you are dealing with time management, organization, focus and procrastination you may be dealing with ADHD or just crash of constant change in your life. In either case there are ways to help get more out of the day and reduce the frustration and anxiety often experienced as a result of ADHD.
It is surprising how many adults with ADHD in the workplace silently struggle to do more and more left brain activities. It is expected that people who work pay attention to detail, think before they speak, manage their time effectively, show up to meetings on time, not act impulsively, and to focus on their work. These are characteristics of the modern workforce that can’t be ignored.
I’ve heard of too many stories where an employee was dismissed from their work as a result of having ADHD (not that they told their employer). Manager’s aren’t equipped to recognize and manage ADHD, they just chalk it up to a performance issue or a lack of desire or something that can’t be tolerated and find ways to remove the employee. That results in a lose/lose situation. The company loses someone who wants to contribute, is likely very creative and imaginative but trapped in a world where time management and attention to detail is seen as very important.
The best way to manage the ADHD issues is education and management. Taking time to find new strategies or new methods to manage ADHD will help everyone impacted with ADHD.