Working With ADHD

Living with ADHD has been described as, “Like driving in the rain with faulty windshield wipers… moments of clarity along with lots of blur.” Information enters the mind quickly, often simultaneously; like e-mails with “URGENT” in the subject line, every message feels incredibly important despite whether or not it actually is, and the person is left to either sink or swim in this sea of stimuli. As the information keeps piling up, organization starts to feel futile, and often a general sense of frustration and feeling overwhelmed sets in. This is every waking minute of every day for the person with ADHD – and when left untreated, can be both mentally and emotionally debilitating. For those who love someone with ADHD, it can be hard to know how to best support them. Something to keep in mind, is that ADHD is not a cognitive disorder. People with ADHD are fully aware of how to accomplish tasks and stay organized – they are just unable to execute those methods. Educating yourself on the symptoms of ADHD, and the behaviors associated with it, is an important part of showing your support. Patience, empathy, and clear communication are also integral to healing, especially during the inevitable rough patches.

For those living with ADHD, when everything seems like an insurmountable challenge, it is incredibly important to seek treatment with a licensed mental health professional who has experience diagnosing and treating attention deficit disorders. This therapeutic connection can make the difference between feeling confused and trapped by one’s symptoms, and learning to work with them to achieve a full and successful life.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
Posted in: ADD/ADHD
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