Fortunately, by now most people are believers in the fact that ADHD exists.
ADHD is not a myth or an excuse. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects between 4.4% (adults) and 11% of children (ADDitudemag.com).
Individuals with ADHD are NOT:
- Unwilling to apply themselves or try hard enough.
- Unconcerned about others.
- Unable to focus.
- The sum of their ADHD symptoms.
- Who their parents/teachers/friends/relatives may have told them they are.
What is ADHD?
“Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.” (National Institute of Mental Health)
ADHD is highly genetic:
Available evidence suggests that ADHD is highly genetic. (ADDitudemag.com)
- At least one-third of all fathers who had ADHD in their youth have children with the condition.
- The majority of identical twins share the ADHD trait.
One of the challenges of the genetic nature of ADHD is that traits become normalized, resulting in a lack of diagnosis for secondary generations.
- Individuals usually grow out of it or just “got it.”
- Everyone has a little ADHD. That’s kind of like being a little pregnant. You have it or you don’t.
- Medications will make an individual appear negatively under the influence of drugs.
- ADHD accommodations are an unfair advantage.
- ADHD doesn’t affect people’s personal lives.
How may a non-neurotypical (ADHD) brain react differently?
- Less impulse control.
- Non-linear thinking.
- Higher emotional reaction.
- Challenge with working memory.
- Difficulty with time management.
If you have ADHD, 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 or challenges?
- Become informed about what processes and support structures has worked for others challenged with a non-neurotypical brain.
- Create opportunities for success and learning. Even small successes can help create success in larger endeavors.
- Medical Providers
- Mental Health Providers
- On-line communities
- Family members
- Professional Organizers
Looking for more? Check out these powerful additional resources:
- ADDitude Magazine
- Treatment Matters: ADHD and Life Expectancy
- How To ADHD (an informational and entertaining look at ADHD)
For a list of my favorite ADHD resources, check out my website for more information.
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Attention Deficit Disorder Association
National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals, Seattle Chapter
International Coach Federation
Institute for Challenging Disorganization
Level I Certificates earned in Chronic Disorganization; ADD; Client Administration; Time Management; Mental Health; and Hoarding.
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