Archives for February 2013

Which Professionals Should I work with when I have ADHD?

Which Professionals Should I work with when I have ADHD?When you have ADHD it is a good idea to have a team of professionals behind you. Each professional has their area of expertise and can help you manage your ADHD. Which means you can be the best version of you!

Here is a brief guide of who to have on your team:

Doctor

If you decide to take ADHD meds your medical doctor will prescribe and monitor you. Your family doctor might do this, or if they aren’t comfortable see a psychiatrist. Once you are on the right meds and dosage, you will probably visit your doctor every 3 months to get a repeat prescription.

Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist will be on your team if you have other conditions in addition to ADHD, such as, bipolar or if your family doctor isn’t comfortable prescribing ADHD meds. Some people feel there is a stigma attached to seeing psychiatrist, but there is no shame to getting the right help from the right person.

Psychologist

Working with a psychologist or therapist helps you process issues from your past, help change your beliefs, thought patterns and increase your self esteem. They can also help with issues such as anger, anxiety and addictions.

ADHD Coach

Coaches are great for the practical stuff. They can help with accountability so you follow through with tasks, and work with you to combat procrastination, develop time management skills, organization skills self esteem, implementing habits into your life and much, much more.

If you live in the middle of nowhere, you might be wondering how to find these ADHD experts. That is where ‘the source of all knowledge’ aka the internet comes in!

You can find great psychologists on www.psychologytoday.com either in your area or one that works via Skype.

Coaches, including me, work with clients in person or using Skype or phone so location doesn’t matter.

Doctors are slightly more challenging…but not impossible. One option would be to travel to see a psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD. When you have your prescription your family doctor will usually be happy to continue write repeat prescriptions.

Good Luck creating your team!

Whole Hearted ADHD

Dr. Brene Brown studied human connection for over 6 years. During that time she realized that connection isn’t something that can be studied in isolation. Love, belonging and worthiness are all intertwined with the connection Dr. Brown discovered there are 2 types of people with them.

The first type she named ‘The whole hearted” These people have a strong sense of love and belonging . The second type struggle for a sense of love and belonging.

Interestingly the difference between the 2 groups is that people who have a strong sense of love and belong BELIEVE they are worthy of love and belonging.

Adults with ADHD are exceptional sensitive, kind, and emotional open people. However often, because of rejections and hurts starting all the way back to kindergarten, they often  don’t believe they are worth love and feel disconnected from those around them. This can lead to loneliness, depression,and low self esteem.

Since human connection gives our life meaning, keeps us sane, happy, health and is the vital for meaningful relationships, its worth learning the commonalities that the ‘whole hearted’ people have.

Watch the video here:

 

1. The Courage to Be Imperfect

They let people ‘see’ them, warts and all. Very often we try to hide what we consider to be our imperfections. Yet despite our best efforts, people can see who we really are. Its tiring to keeping the facade up, and it puts a barrier up between you can those around you, because you don’t want people to get too close in case they discover the truth. 

2. Compassionate.

In order to be compassionate to others you need to kind and compassionate to yourself first. People with ADHD are really bad at being compassionate to themselves. They are so hard on themselves, the expect so much of themselves and when they don’t match those high standards, they become very critical.

3. Authentic

They let go of who they thought they should be and be who they actually were. This can mean we have to stop our ego from ruling us and start to listen to our bodies and hearts.

4. Embrace Vulnerability.

They believed that what made them vulnerable made them beautiful. This is quite different from the common western thought pattern that values being strong and independent. Yet it takes tremendous strength and courage to put yourself ‘out there’ every day. You may find yourself feeling feel exposed without your armour on if you start to do this. Yet when you do this, you have the rewards of amazing connections with all those dearest to you.

Action!

Your actions this week are to watch the video and see what the message is for you. Everyone has a different big take away. Mine was that being vulnerable is a strength not a weakness.

What is your take away after watching Brene Brown’s video?

 

 

Omega 3 = Memory and Concentration

If you have been following me for even just a little bit, you know I am a BIG fan of Omega 3. I recommend it to everyone who has ADHD because it’s the easiest thing you can do with the biggest results. However, if you aren’t convinced, then watch this video!

It shows what a dramatic effect Omega 3 can have on your life. Elliot, the little boy featured in the film found school boring. His teachers said his memory and concentration were poor and he wasn’t performing as well as his peers. Elliot spent all his free time watching TV on the sofa. That all changed after a short time taking Omega 3 supplements. Elliot’s reading advanced 18 months, his interest in TV diminished and the library became his favourite place. He had a desire and motivation to participate in life. That’s pretty impressive!

The scientists carrying out the study explain Omega 3 ‘has a simple, but extraordinary effect on the brain. It helps learning by making it easier for signals to jump the gap between brain cells.’ However, the benefits of taking Omega 3 aren’t just limited to children. You can take Omega 3 whatever your age and experience improvements in memory and concentration. This is study is highlights why it is important to take Omega 3 when you have ADHD and casts a shadow on reports that claim there are no benefits to taking Omega 3.

If you are reading this and aren’t taking Omega 3, run, don’t walk to your nearest health food store or pharmacy and pick up a bottle!