About ADHD

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There are 3 types of ADHD - Inattentive, Hyperactivity, and combined.  For Inattentive & Hyperactive there are 9 symptoms of which an adult client/patient must have at least 5 to be officially diagnosed as having ADHD.  Those symptoms must be present in more than 1 environment (work, school, home, social atmosphere) for 6 months and affect every day life.

Symptoms – Inattentive

  • Often overlooks or misses details, work is inaccurate

  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention (ex. in tasks, during lectures, conversations, or lengthy reading).

  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly, mind seems elsewhere

  • Often starts tasks but quickly loses focus and is easily sidetracked, does not follow through and fails to finish 

  • Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities, messy, poor time management, fails to meet deadlines

  • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort 

  • Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities

  • Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli or unrelated thoughts

  • Is often forgetful in daily activities 

Symptoms – Hyperactive

  • Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet or squirms in seat.

  • Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected 

  • Often feels restless

  • Often unable to engage in activities quietly.

  • Is often “on the go,” acting as if “driven by a motor” 

  • Often talks excessively.

  • Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed

  • Often has difficulty waiting his or her turn

  • Often butts into conversations, may intrude into or take over what others are doing

There is no standardized test to diagnose ADHD but there is a self-assessment tool that identifies if you should seek an official diagnosis.  

Adult ADHD can be debilitating. Especially if you were just diagnosed, were told all your life you don’t have it, or your environment doesn’t believe in it.  There are other ways ADHD can manifest itself and affect adults, beyond the usual forgetfulness & impulsivity.  There are so many tools, tips, and tricks on the internet that you think to yourself, “It’s easy to fix this!” However, these strategies are NOT one size fits all.

If the strategy isn't tailored to how YOUR brain works, then it most likely won't work. It may be completely wrong for you and you don't know it.  This happens all the time and we end up feeling worse and more hopeless, like we must not WANT to succeed. I can change that. As an ADHD coach, I’ll guide you to an understanding of WHY you do what you do. What situations and environments trigger your ADHD moments. I will help you create YOUR “user manual” with troubleshooting pages as you learn what works and what doesn’t.

 

will guide you in creating action plans to change your behavior and/or environment and minimize your ADHD moments. ADHD does not go away. The frame of your brain wiring is permanent. But with coaching, you can rig your brain to do amazing things. Learn what you ARE successful at how to maximize it.

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