Info on ADHD

Welcome to the Untapped Brilliance Blog! I am Jacqueline Sinfield the ADHD coach for Adults. On this blog you will find tons of info on ADHD. One the most common sentence I hear from clients is ‘I have so much potential but I just can’t seem to reach it’.  I wrote the ADHD book Untapped Brilliance: How to Reach Your Full Potential as an Adult with ADHD to answer that very question. Untapped Brilliance outlines simple yet highly effective, alternative ways to minimize your unwanted ADHD symptoms so that your wonderful gifts can shine brightly. When that happens, not only are you able to reach your potential, but your life also becomes way less stressful and lots more fun.

The articles here on the blog are all a reflection of my ADHD Coaching philosophy. I am really excited to share with you loads of info on ADHD, and proven strategies that are super effective in minimizing your negative aspects of ADHD so that your magnificent gifts can shine brightly and you too can reach your potential!

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ADHD and Rage

Not everyone with ADHD experiences rage. But the people that do, usually experience it very intensely.

The dictionary definition of rage as:
‘to feel or express violent uncontrollable anger”

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Anger is considered a normal and healthy emotion. However, rage can be destructive to the person experiencing it and to those around him / her.

 So why is it people with ADHD experience it so intensely?

The impulsivity, low levels of frustration and mood swings, are all characteristics of ADHD, which play a part in experience rage. However, ADHD expert Dr. Brown says that the intense rage in ADHDers, is a result of a poor working memory.

Working memory is one of our executive functions. When the working memory is operating well, it temporarily stores numerous pieces of information (from the environment and your long-term memory, etc.), where it processes them to help you navigate the situation you are in. However, when you have ADHD, your working memory is affected, and the ability to process multi pieces of information is reduced.
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When you feel rage, your whole brain is flooded with that emotion and all other facts and feelings are pushed aside. The only thing you feel is rage. You forget that the person that you are shouting out at, is someone that you love, that the rage you are feeling doesn’t match the environmental trigger, or any other practical facts that a non-ADHDer would draw upon to balance the emotion of rage.

>However, rage can be managed and even stopped completely.

Here are 5 suggestions to help you reduce your rage:

1) Treat your ADHD with all the usual Untapped Brilliance strategies.
2) Share you rage triggers with another person: a friend, ADHD Coach or therapist. They can help you reframe your trigger situations. Then, when they happen, you can process them differently.
3) Start to write. It will help you process your thoughts and feelings, and you will also see patterns in your rage.
4) Join Luminosity. The training helps improve your working memory.
5) Don’t feel shame about have rage. It’s just a behavior that can be changed.

Colors and ADHD: How Color Coding Can Make Your Life Easier

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ADHD adults are visual people. Color coding your environment has a positive effect on you noticing, remembering, organizing and generally being more effective both at work and at home. When I was studying psychology I came across a fascinating study … [Continue reading]

ADHD Feels Like…

ADHD Feels Like

This week, I asked people with ADHD to describe what ADHD feels like for them. I thought it would be helpful for non-ADDers to understand it more. The varied replies give an excellent insight into life with ADHD. If you would like to add your own … [Continue reading]

UK VIP Coaching Intensive Day

UK VIP Day

UK VIP Coaching Intensive Day May 2014 ADHD Coaching Intensives are like the power tool of coaching! We can go much deeper and cover more than is possible in the same number of hours of weekly coaching, and just like using a power tool, it’s a … [Continue reading]

ADHD and Assertiveness

ADHD and Assertiveness

In order to be a happy, healthy adult living with ADHD, an important skill to develop is assertiveness. When you are assertive, you are able to express your needs and feelings in a firm and polite way without hurting others. Common feedback I hear … [Continue reading]

ADHD and Loneliness

ADHD and loneliness

Many adults with ADHD report feeling lonely. Loneliness is a state of mind that makes us feel disconnected from others. Loneliness can make you feel depressed, isolated and more prone to addiction. 7 Reasons Why ADHDers Feel Lonely: 1) Feeling … [Continue reading]

The ADHD Valentine’s Day Resource List

The ADHD Valentine's Day Resource List

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I have compiled a list of articles and books for happy, healthy and long-lasting love relationships when you have ADHD. Articles 1) ADDers love to be in love! However, the 'new love' phrase doesn't last forever. Here … [Continue reading]

ADHD-Friendly Recipes

ADHD friendly recipies

Meal planning and cooking can be a logistical nightmare when you have ADHD. Making decisions, advanced planning, follow through and multi-step processes are all skills that are needed to plan, shop for and prepare meals; yet they are challenging when … [Continue reading]

PTSD vs. ADHD

PTSD vs. ADHD

Are you wondering if you have ADHD or PTSD or possibly both? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the conditions that appear in similar ways to ADHD. They can also camouflage each other; making it hard to discern what is ADHD and what is … [Continue reading]

How To Tell Someone You Have ADHD

How to tell someone you have ADHD

Having ADHD is nothing to be ashamed of. That being said, many people worry about telling someone (or many people) they have ADHD. This is understandable, as even the people that love you the most, can react negatively when you tell them. Before … [Continue reading]