So you’ve just discovered that you have this wonderful “gift” called Adult ADHD. Now what? The “science” of ADHD does not paint a rosy picture even if it is caught at an early age. Sure, life can be a lot better but…you aren’t going to be able to get rid of all of its effects. So, is the future all doom and gloom? Is there ANY light at the end of the tunnel? Well…yes there is…but…read on.
- Be realistic. Do not expect change overnight…it is slow and gradual….but it can be done.
- Realize that, at times, you will still stumble. That’s ok. The question is, not how many times did you fall but how many times did you stand up?
- Get on medication. It takes some time to figure out what medication is right for you but, once you do, it works wonders.
- Keep a diary. Jot down thoughts, feelings, events, triumphs and failures. Review it periodically to see where you may have made improvements and where you still need improvement.
- ADHD is a moving target. You can, and will, get closer and closer to “controlling” it but, it’s a sly son-of-a-gun and will always outwit you. This is the nature of the beast.
- Work with a therapist who understand the challenges of ADHD. Your therapy sessions will be much more productive if the therapist understands the underlying forces that are causing your problems.
- Learn to laugh about it and at it. When you walk from your kitchen to your bedroom and forget why you even went to your bedroom — because something on the television caught your eye and your attention shifted — learn to just laugh it off.