Being an adult with ADHD who is trying to put together a program for adult ADHD symptoms and its treatment is being someone who is different, and this brings with it a unique set of challenges. Nobody likes to be different. Granted, nobody prizes being a cookie-cutter version of anybody else (unless you’re a woman carrying around a Coach purse), but among the general populace there are only a handful of people who truly relish being outside of the norm, only a few brave enough to venture outside the realms of that rather rigid and all too comfortable proverbial box. That only ten to 25% of adults with ADHD seek adult ADHD treatment makes the individual seeking it unique, special, different; and maybe, after all, that’s not such a bad thing.
The challenges and frustrations of adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are well documented: the hyperactivity, the impulsivity, the lack of attention, the inability to focus… Then there are the secondary effects: the suffering relationships, the plummeting self-esteem, and the feelings of failure. What the studies don’t focus on, however, are the strengths of someone with ADHD. The research doesn’t highlight the astounding ability to multitask double or triple the amount of a neurotypical individual, there are no spotlights shining on the incredibly creative side of an individual with ADHD, no rounds of applause for the passionate pursuit of the individual’s many and varied interests, with an apparent never-ending supply of energy. To put together an effective adult ADHD treatment program is to capitalize on those strengths, to put the emphasis on the person’s successes rather than on their setbacks. And that, right there, is the key to creating a world that sees ADHD not as a condition but as a set of characteristics unique to incredibly interesting and unique individuals.
Martin Luther’s voice once rang out with the vision of a world where differences were not only accepted, but celebrated. Imagine the potential individuals with ADHD could have with a correctly implemented treatment plan:
People with ADHD typically possess phenomenal amounts of energy. Don’t become frustrated over the fact that sitting through staff meetings is synonymous to a personal version of Chinese water torture. Allow the treatment you undergo to channel that energy into pure productivity. By implementing such strategies as medication, exercise and fish oil, which cut down on the restlessness and increase the ability to focus, hyperactivity can be changed from an annoyance to an asset.
Adults with ADHD tend to be able to multitask outstandingly well. Instead of becoming frustrated over the fact that it is difficult to focus on one project long enough to see it through to completion, use the ability to switch attention as an advantage – opt to work on projects or jobs where there is the opportunity to switch multiple times to multiple tasks or there is the option to complete projects one after the other in quick succession.
Adults who have ADHD tend to be incredibly creative; take advantage of the opportunity to actively participate in brainstorming sessions, contribute ideas to the workplace (either by way of suggestion boxes or ideas pitched to your boss), help co-workers with their projects. Be part of solving problems; channel that creative energy into finding solutions.
Become a motivator and a leader. Certain treatment can enable an individual the opportunity to restore relationships by making valuable contributions to the lives of the people they love. Be motivating to those around you, tap into the impulsiveness to allow you to become passionate and enthusiastic about the activities of friends and family.
Follow passions. Adults with ADHD tend to have many and varied interests. Enjoy this. Pursue these. Don’t limit your interests to one or two. Pursue two or three, or four or five or six. Especially if adult ADHD treatment can help to bring the rest of your life into a healthy balance, you will be able to pursue passions with a sincere interest and enjoyment.
Adults with ADHD need not allow their disabilities define them. Adult ADHD treatment will enable one to turn this disorder into a positive aspect of their life.