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The impact of ADHD

Everyone can have difficulty sitting still, paying attention, focusing or controlling impulsive behaviour on occasion... however for people diagnosed with ADHD these problems are so pervasive and persistent that they interfere with every aspect of their life - home, academic, social, relationships and work.

ADHD (Attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder which is characterised by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. There are 3 presentations of ADHD - Predominantly Inattentive, Hyperactive-Impulsive and Combined.

Whereas the "Hyperactive" type of ADHD is easier to detect (eg difficulty remaining seated, blurting out answers before questions have been completed, extreme restlessness) it is the "Inattentive" type of ADHD which is often missed, not diagnosed or diagnosed late.

 

Symptoms for Inattentive ADHD can include:

  • failing to give close attention to details or making careless mistakes

  • difficulty sustaining attention

  • appearing to not listen

  • struggling to follow through with instructions

  • difficulty with organisation

  • avoiding or disliking tasks that require sustained mental effort

  • losing things

  • being easily distracted

  • being forgetful in daily activities

Individuals with ADHD are and can be extremely successful in life (ADHD has nothing to do with a person's intelligence), however without a proper diagnosis and proper treatment, in some circumstances ADHD can lead to undesirable consequences such as underperformance at school and university, family stress and disruption, anxiety, depression, problems with relationships, substance abuse and job underperformance.

Only a psychiatrist can diagnose ADHD and prescribe medication if appropriate. Medication can be extremely beneficial in majority of cases, however the current scientific and medical thinking is that the best treatment option for ADHD is a combination of medication (if this agrees with the client), education and support by way of ADHD coaching or CBT.

How ADHD Coaching Works

ADHD Coaching is an ongoing collaborative partnership created to facilitate greater self-awareness, self-regulation and self-initiative for clients with ADHD. It is like going on a journey of self-discovery for the client. It is built on unconditional acceptance and a powerful appreciation of the client's potential, uniqueness, strengths, capabilities and wholeness. An ADHD coach is well versed in ADHD-specific coaching competencies. The coaching process empowers clients to accomplish personal and professional goals with customised strategies built specifically for ADHD minds.

When working with clients, if requested, I can educate on the science and recent research relating to ADHD. I facilitate action by identifying a client's strengths and potential barriers and I help clients develop skills and strategies to overcome executive function deficits such as planning, organising, and time management as well as working with clients on emotional challenges.

With my background in Nutrition and Health Coaching, I coach in a holistic way, also focusing on the client's lifestyle. I place great importance on developing good sleep patterns, managing time on digital devices, healthy nutrition practices, movement and mindfulness since these can all have a dramatic impact on the severity of ADHD symptoms.

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Please get in touch with me and I can explain how my coaching works and you can decide whether it is right for you

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