For people living with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), shame can be a big part of the experience.
Many will struggle daily with feelings of inadequacy and embarrassment as they try to cope with their condition and fit in with other people.
This pressure to act ‘normal’ however can be detrimental to their health and well-being, and many people with ADHD can end up developing depression and anxiety as a result.
It is unfortunate that there is a still a taboo associated with ADHD, but it is important for sufferers to remember that ADHD is not their fault.
Below we have a short guide to ADHD and how it can be possible for sufferers to live in harmony with their condition.
ADHD is not a personal fault
ADHD is a genetic problem that affects one in 100 children. It is characterised by restlessness, inability to concentrate and lack of motivation, and as a result sufferers are often perceived as lazy and uncooperative. Although more prominent in younger people, ADHD can continue into adulthood, and this is when it can be particularly difficult to live with.
ADHD is not all bad
Although heavily weighted by negatives, ADHD does entail a great number of positive characteristics, including creativity, persistence, sensitivity, originality and enthusiasm. Individuals with the condition are usually very talented, yet can find it difficult to believe in themselves and embrace their strengths.
It’s OK to seek help
Having ADHD can be a very isolating experience, and many sufferers may feel people don’t understand what they are going through. There is however support available, and ADHD coaching in particular is considered highly beneficial for helping individuals to develop structure, focus and purpose in their lives. By giving them a greater sense of control over their condition, ADHD coaches can enable people with ADHD to feel more confident about the future.
To find out more, please see our ADHD coaching page.
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