Attention, please!

Attention, please!

Have you noticed how easy it is for your mind to drift?  Do you get lost reading or listening to conversations?  Perhaps you’ve noticed that you talk a lot, interrupt others, or are not sure when to pause your conversation?  Or maybe your child has difficulty relaxing, and always seems “on the go?”  These could be signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  ADHD can be misdiagnosed, as sometimes the symptoms are not prominent, or are mistaken for other conditions including depression, anxiety, or Bipolar.

Untreated ADHD can cause challenges in school, home, community, and work environments, and contribute affect mood, self-esteem, and irritability.  Those exhibiting signs of ADHD may feel “different” from their peers, and even feel “stupid” for symptoms that are beyond their control.  It’s important to note that those with ADHD often learn and express their intelligence in a way that standardized tests and schooling may not routinely identify.  Therefore, stigma may be prevalent with those with ADHD symptoms.

There are a variety of treatments for ADHD, and include therapy, coaching, and medication support.  These treatments can help promote social skills, executive functioning, and help improve social-emotional wellness, academic, and vocational support.  Connect with a professional today to better understand your options.

Additional Tips:

  1.  Establish and follow a daily schedule/routine
  2.  Set timers and alarms to help keep you on track
  3.  Provide simple commands (to those with ADHD symptoms)
  4.  Identify how long you can typically pay attention for, and work up to that time
  5.  Take frequent breaks
  6.  Get lots of physical activity
  7.  Find a coach who can help review your schedule, and keep you organized
  8. Create an outline for projects
  9. Engage in your preferred learning style—auditory, visual, kinesthetic
  10. Practice kindness and self-compassion—living with ADHD is hard