“You mean I’m not lazy, stupid or crazy?”*
You are also NOT:
- Unwilling to apply yourself or try hard enough.
- Unconcerned about others.
- Unable to focus.
- Your ADHD symptoms.
- Who your parents/teachers/friends/relatives may have told you you are.
You DO have a non-neurotypical brain that reacts differently to stimulation.
How may a non-neurotypical brain react differently?
- Less impulse control.
- Non-linear thinking.
- Higher emotional reaction.
- The tendency to procrastinate.
- Challenge with working memory.
- A difficulty with time management.
What can you do about it?
- Accept your brain for the way it’s built. You can’t change that.
- Educate yourself and those around you about the challenges of having a non-neurotypical brain.
- Be an observer of yourself. Where are you successful? Where are you challenged? Are there common denominators of success? Of challenges? Create an “Owner’s Manual” for how your brain works.
- Find others with the same struggles you may be experiencing. The like-minded camaraderie is motiving and learning what processes and support structures have worked for others challenged with a non-neurotypical brain may help you too.
- Create opportunities for success and learning. Even small successes can help us be successful in larger endeavors.
- Find others with the same struggles you may be experiencing. Just knowing you are not alone is very motivating. Also,
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Cindy Jobs, COC, ACC
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*Book title: Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo