“When I get too busy, I just feel overwhelmed!”
“When the dog starts barking, it really rattles my nerves.”
“I have a very strong emotional reaction to music.”
“I try very hard to do things thoroughly.”
“People sometimes tell me I am too sensitive or too shy.”
October is ADHD Awareness Month – an international movement to educate the public and create greater awareness and understanding about attention deficit disorder.
The ADHD Awareness Month Coalition has put together a rich array of resources to use in getting the word out.
October is ADHD Awareness Month. One way we spread awareness about ADHD is to share our stories.
Everyone living with or loving someone with ADHD has stories to tell.
I could share stories of my own family members, managing ADHD at various life stages.
I could share the story of discovering,
With ADHD, developing a toolbox of skills and strategies that support time management and task management,
“My son often just rushes through his homework and never stops to check his work.”
“I have trouble in social settings – it’s just hard to be in a group.”
“The teacher complains that my daughter just blurts out answers.”
These may seem like quite disparate concerns,
Having trouble staying on track when you set out to get something done?
Distraction is common for individuals with ADHD, in fact, it’s one of the hallmarks of the diagnosis! But, you can start training your mind to reduce the impact of distractors and, as a result, over time become increasingly efficient at whatever you’re doing.
Among the books that I most often recommend about ADHD is Thomas E. Brown’s Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults. In this book, Brown introduces his view of ADHD as a disorder of executive functions,
If you are very reactive, and have difficulty managing frustration and modulating your emotions, you are not alone. Everyone experiences this from time to time, especially when tired or stressed, but for some people with ADHD this reactivity is neurologically based and occurs more frequently,
“I hate school!”
“I’m no good at writing!”
“I am the worst friend!”
These statements, and others like them, express a lot of emotion!
Many children and adults with ADHD do have strong feelings and reactions.