ADHD and FEAR

Do one thing every day that scares you

Eleanor Roosevelt

Anxiety, fear and worry, go hand in hand. Like anxiety and worry, a small amount of fear can actually be a good thing. It’s pre-programmed in us to keep us safe. When we feel fearful, chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol are released to prepare us for fight or flight and keep us save. What this means in the modern world is that we are able to perform to the best of our ability, perhaps in an interview or exam or performing etc.

However, some ADHD adults become paralyzed by fear and avoid at all cost anything that evokes that feeling. Unfortunately, when you avoid scary things your world becomes small and rather than keeping you safe from big dangers, your body has actually made you become scared of daily life.

In her book ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway’ Susan Jeffers say that everyone experiences fearful feelings,but the people who are most successful feel the fear and continue on with the activity that was making them scared.

If you wait until you no longer feel fear about a certain action you will never do it. BUT,if you embrace it and do it anyways you will be rewarded by personal feelings of accomplishment and growth.

 

 

 

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