This guest post by Howie highlights five ADHD facts that many people are not aware of; originally posted on the Focus Here and Now website.
In most cases, when I stop to talk to someone about ADHD who either doesn’t have it or have anyone close to them who has it, they can’t help but have a stereotypical image about ADHD in their minds.
Typically, they imagine a young child with pent-up energy that is ready to burst at the seams, bouncing off the walls, completely hyperactive and with little to no focus at all.
The irony lies in the fact that many people with ADHD, especially adults with ADHD are not hyperactive at all.
By the time they reach adulthood, many of those that were hyperactive have at least calmed down on the outside. This is one of the primary reasons that a disorder that was once, only associated with children is now being more commonly diagnosed in adults.
Some people believe that ADHD is a highly over-diagnosed condition created by big pharmaceutical companies.
Believe it or not, I actually agree…to an extent.
The Truth about ADHD
Some may argue, ADHD disorder is also mistreated because of the billion dollar business that has been created by amphetamine-producing moguls who have very methodically, created life-long customers.
This has provided me with even more motivation to educate others about the many effective natural ADHD treatments that can be more effective than prescription medications alone. As an ADHD adult, I hope to continue educating others about the true reality of what ADHD in adults
As an ADHD adult, I aim to help paint a clear picture to help others gain a better understanding of ADHD in adults.
I have better control over my own ADHD symptoms today than I did when I was swallowing exorbitant amounts of prescription ADHD medications.
But…here’s the deal:
One of the most important steps that you can take to effectively manage your symptoms is to own your ADHD!
Difficult Adult ADHD Symptoms
Upwards of 5% of adults are affected by ADHD symptoms. At it’s worst, it can easily be the cause behind struggles to keep a steady and consistent job and/or a relationship.
It can cause constant lateness and forgetfulness. At our worst, we can frequently make important decisions too impulsively, only to regret them later. Many fall into self-destructive patterns and even fall victim to extreme depression and/or addiction.
Sometimes the diagnosis itself can prove to be a huge weight lifted off the shoulders of someone that has been trying to find a reason for their struggles. You need to understand you have ADHD and acknowledge your ADHD symptoms if you want to truly own your ADHD.
We can turn to the standard definition of ADHD and the typical theories about the potential causes and symptoms associated with it.
However, there are some less common facts about ADHD that not everybody knows, including those who are diagnosed and educated about the disorder.
Understanding some of these facts will help you own your ADHD more efficiently and manage your ADHD more effectively.
5 ADHD Facts that You May Not Know or Thought About In The “Right” Way
1. FACT – It Takes MORE than Prescription ADHD Medications!
Medications won’t “fix” ADHD. There are times that treating ADHD with medications can help. It is usually the first suggestion you hear from the average doctor, friend, or family member.
However, ADHD medications will almost never be enough on their own.
As someone who has struggled with ADHD their entire life, it is facts like this that provided much of the inspiration to start Focus Here and Now.
It’s really not debatable. ADHD medications may help, but if you truly want to gain more control of your disorder, it takes more! Whether you are an advocate of ADHD medications or not, prescription medications only help to address a piece of ADHD symptoms.
Manage and Own Your ADHD
If you want to not only effectively manage your ADHD symptoms, but also utilize certain aspects of your condition to showcase your unique capabilities to think differently and achieve exceptional goals, it takes more than prescription medications!
The medications may help with focus, but what about other ADHD symptoms? What about staying organized with small and larger priorities in your life? How will you differentiate and make a constructive choice instead of a destructive choice? What about the help that may be needed in critical and emotional moments?
People with ADHD need emotional support. They need to learn how to better manage their emotions, organize time and place, and learn how to harness that focus towards the most productive and important things.
A prescription may be able to help improve focus, but there are many other ADHD symptoms that still need to be managed.
2. FACT – It’s Not Necessarily that people with ADHD have trouble focusing!
What? You may have thought that focus is the only ADHD symptom that experience.
The truth is that people, like myself, have trouble focusing on the “right” things. If you have ever been diagnosed and prescribed ADHD medications, like Adderall, Ritalin, or Concerta, you may have found yourself fixated on one particular thing, but many times, it may not be the task that you actually need to accomplish.
We struggle with controlling what and where we harness our focus.
It Takes More than Prescription Medications
I remember in college, when I was prescribed Adderall, there would be many times where I would end up spending hours on a couple of pages or one particular topic. I would absolutely master that one concept or task, but before I knew it, I was incredibly behind on everything else.
All it would take was one thing that caught my interest for me to be engulfed in it so deeply that it actually became debilitating to the rest of the priorities that I still hadn’t touched.
This can become incredibly frustrating to the people that we care about the most.
I drive my fiancé nuts sometimes because especially over the phone, I struggle to maintain focus. I constantly have to ask her to repeat what she said.
It’s something that I have worked on and continue to work on and improve. It can be frustrating for both sides. I don’t love or care about her any less, but the struggle is real, hard to explain and even harder for others around you to accept, sometimes.
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I get the skepticism, especially if you have never meditated before.
Here’s the deal about Meditation:
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The benefits are endless and it is one of the best things I started to use to gain much greater control of my mind and it will play an integral role in taking that huge strides forward to own your ADHD!
3. FACT – Your Intelligence has Absolutely Nothing to do with ADHD!
Many doctors, lawyers, Harvard grads and professors, business owners, artists, and creative geniuses that include celebrities like, Justin Timberlake, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, and Michael Phelps have struggled with ADD and ADHD.
One of the biggest struggles is how common it is for those with ADHD to also have other diagnosable mental disorders that include, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, addiction, etc.
The constant struggle with attention can aggravate other problems, which is why it is so critical to properly manage ADHD symptoms, beyond prescription medications.
4. FACT – Many children and adults with ADHD have Difficulty sticking to healthy routines, so own your ADHD!
I’m not saying this to discourage you. A lot of what we discuss here relies on healthier lifestyle habits.
However, it is important to recognize that it can be a greater struggle to stick to these routines for people with ADHD. This is why it is important to own your ADHD!
Take inventory of the things that you struggle with the most. For example, I have always struggled the most with irregular sleep patterns.
Therefore, it takes extra effort for me to change and improve those habits. It’s not always perfect, but the fact that i recognize it and put it higher on the list of priorities, I have been able to slowly improve those sleep patterns over time.
Routines are incredibly important to successfully managing ADHD. Start simple, own your ADHD and you will find it gets easier over time.
5. FACT – Own Your ADHD where you Thrive!
You know your strengths and you know your weaknesses and there is nothing wrong with recognizing it and focusing on the areas where you thrive. People with ADHD have a special ability to go “all in,” while thinking outside-the-box and accomplishing amazing things.
When a person with ADHD finds their strength and harnesses their energy and focus towards that passion, there is literally nothing that can stop them! Do not limit yourself or let anyone else limit you from excelling in the areas that you are best.
At the same time, don’t be afraid to step away from or get help with things that you find to be more of a struggle. We are naturally stubborn people. It’s even worse for those of us that happen to be a Taurus, too. ADHD symptoms can sometimes feel like a curse, but as you learn to more effectively manage ADHD symptoms, you will see that it can very well, be a blessing!