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Thriving with ADHD: How Coaching Can Make a Difference

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I was diagnosed with ADHD at 29 years old. I was a few semesters away from graduating with my bachelor's. I was married with young kids. I was not exactly the poster child for ADHD. But there I was, with a diagnosis of "moderate to severe ADHD". And I was drowning. This diagnosis actually made me feel relief. Finally, there was an explanation for why I struggled while everyone around me seemed just fine. I had assumed that with a diagnosis, an easy fix would soon follow. I was wrong. I was handed a script for medications that earned me a raised eyebrow at the pharmacy and no tools or resources past that.

Now meds are great for some people, but as we know "pills don't teach skills".

This is where ADHD coaching stepped in and changed my life. While meds helped tone my chaotic brain down a bit, I still had to identify tools, structure, and support to make my life an enjoyable one.

Understanding ADHD

Before diving into ADHD coaching, it's essential to understand ADHD itself. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. It is characterized by difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and executive functioning skills. People with ADHD often struggle with managing time, staying organized, maintaining focus, and regulating emotions.

For me, ADHD looks like a lot of anxiety, an unclimbable mountain of dishes, and numerous forgotten appointments, among other things.

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What is ADHD Coaching?

ADHD coaching is a supportive and collaborative approach to help individuals with ADHD overcome their challenges, identify their strengths, and lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Coaches who specialize in ADHD support clients in identifying structures and strategies to better manage their symptoms.

Whereas traditional therapy is past-oriented and focused on bringing people back to a mental health baseline, ADHD coaching is forward-focused and action-oriented. It empowers individuals to take specific steps to improve their executive functioning skills and develop coping mechanisms tailored to their unique needs. By working with an ADHD coach, clients can gain a better understanding of how their ADHD affects them and learn practical techniques to navigate their daily lives more effectively.

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The Role of an ADHD Coach

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ADHD coaches play a crucial role in the lives of their clients. They act as support and allies, providing accountability, and encouragement throughout the coaching process. Coaches help clients identify their strengths, set goals, and create personalized strategies to overcome the challenges associated with ADHD.

I work with my clients collaboratively, in identifying techniques and tools that will work for their lives. There is no cookie-cutter approach to ADHD coaching. We spend time identifying what you want and then we figure out how to get you there. And when speed bumps and roadblocks inevitably pop up, we figure out how to deal with those too.

ADHD coaching is a specific-to-you approach with an educated professional supporting you along the way.

Who Can Benefit from ADHD Coaching?

ADHD coaching is beneficial for individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with ADHD or suspect they may have it. It is not limited to any specific demographic or stage of life. Whether you're a student struggling with academic performance, an adult struggling in the workplace, or a parent seeking ways to support your child, ADHD coaching can provide invaluable assistance.

It is important to note that ADHD coaching is not a substitute for medical treatment or therapy. Instead, it complements and enhances other forms of support, such as medication or counseling. By combining various approaches, individuals can create a framework to not only manage but thrive with their ADHD.

ADHD coaching offers a supportive and personalized approach to help individuals with ADHD overcome their challenges. By working with an ADHD coach, individuals can develop practical strategies, improve executive functioning skills, and lead more fulfilling lives on their own terms. So, if you or someone you know is struggling with ADHD, consider exploring the possibilities of ADHD coaching and unlock your full potential. Grab a free consultation with a certified ADHD life coach here!

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