“I think for many adults with ADHD, therapy is essential”.
– David W. Goodman MD, assistant professor of psychiatry
at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
While ADHD medicines are effective, they may not be enough.
To use a phrase popular among ADHD specialists, “pills don’t build skills”.
Even with medication, a person may still be struggling with the residual effects of adult ADHD – the disorganized habits, the low self-esteem.
Therapy can address some of these key issues.
“With the ADHD medication as a foundation, it’s the psychosocial treatments that can come in and finish the job”.
J. Russell Ramsay, PhD,
co-director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program.
Who I Can Help
ADD presents varying degrees of deficits with concentration, memory, and regulating action.
ADD often leads to self-doubt, frustration, an acceptance of underachievement and low expectations. Success emanates from taking action and taking charge.
Do These Challenges Sound Familiar?
- Underachievement is a constant companion of yours?
- Winging it instead of planning it?
- Focusing on stimulating or interesting tasks rather than critical priorities?
- Overestimating capabilities, resources and underestimating timelines?
- Making impulsive decisions?
- Thrill seeking as a means of managing uncomfortable emotions or conflicts at work or at home?
- Are you creative, energetic, able to race at breakneck speed towards many goals all at the same time, but never quite able to achieve any of them?
- Do you tend to see yourself (and most everything you do) in a negative light?
- Are you someone who waits until the very last minute to begin a critical project and endure worry and anxiety for days before you begin?
Some Useful Tips to Consider:
- Utilizie a daily planning scheduler,
- Keep a to do list and limit significant priorities to 1-3 per day.
- Employ supportive apps,
- Work with a coach or mentor to develop new skills and strategies and to maintain accountability.
- Exercise regularly.
- Use a timer.
- Keep phones and internet interests turned off when working on priorities.
- Add an extra thirty-sixty minutes when setting work expectations.
- Maintain supportive social resources,
- Schedule breaks from a hectic work schedule.
- Nurture special interests,
- Take time to laugh, play and rest and having trusted confidantes to rely on.
How I Help
I want the folks I work with to learn and practice the skills and strategies that will allow them to be more aware of what they are doing, why they are doing it and how their actions impact their ability to meet their challenges and achieve their goals. I believe the key to most of our success is to be intentional in the goals we set and in the actions we take.
I move professional adults and college students towards mindful and intentional behavior that leads them towards achievements and outcomes they can be proud of.
It’s possible but it isn’t easy!