Welcome to the fourteenth Ask Dr B episode, and the thirty-second episode overall of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.
I’m so glad you could join me today for my podcast show. We’ve got a tighter format, hot topics and clear steps to take starting today, so let’s get to it.
So many of the adults I work with or dialogue with have been diagnosed later in life. There are many reasons for this and it’s not the end of the world; far from it - it’s the beginning of your new life. Borrowing a phrase from the Foreword to the First Edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous - “recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body” is what comes to mind when I think of ADHD and Executive Function Deficits. Many adults have lived or continue to live in a seemingly hopeless state. Many haven’t received a diagnosis yet or any truly useful help, and many feel hopeless; even suicidal at times. I’ve even sat with pre-teens who were feeling so hopeless that they couldn’t focus or study or keep up with their assignments and had all but given up. That is just NOT okay! Not for anyone!!
And since our mental health system doesn’t seem to be able to catch up or step up to address this huge problem, then it’s up to you to educate yourself and advocate for yourself and your loved ones as best you can, so that the care that is so desperately needed is received. And that’s all well and good for me to say that, but you might not feel that you are able to do this on your own. I get it. And, I’m going to give you whatever I can here to help.
I’m going to be addressing three inter-related topics today to help you see the path from hopelessness to diagnosis to having hope to becoming successful as an adult living with ADHD. It’s definitely a journey, one that is unique for each person, and there is definitely a path to follow. In fact, it’s kind of a hero’s journey path; one where you are definitely the hero!!
My VERY curious mind is always wondering what the #1 biggest struggle or frustration is for you right now, so I can help you with it. I wake up each day wondering that, so I can direct my energy to the solutions you need. I really want to know; I do. The thought of millions of adults with ADHD suffering every day is a painful thought to me, especially when I have answers and solutions that could ease your pain.
In this episode, I respond to topics about issues or challenges you experience as an adult living with ADHD, and offer you hope. Today's topics are Later In Life Diagnosis, Having Hope & Becoming Successful As An Adult Living With ADHD.
And remember to pay attention to your WINS!! Look for them, acknowledge them, celebrate them in a full-hearted way! Exaggerate your emotions and feel the rush of excitement of having done something special and worthy of celebrating. You can even celebrate YOU!
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