By Jeff Emmerson
This morning’s post is a very important one. Very crucial, in fact. The more I research adult ADHD treatment and the condition in general, the more I realize that focusing on the “negatives” isn’t the only way to go with this blog. People need to know that they can still do great things in their lives, and those with adult ADHD are certainly no exception. The key is in managing the symptoms effectively so your natural gifts and abilities can shine through and prosper without burning out, failing to stick to goals, or self-sabotage in any number of other ways.
I realize that a HUGE number of people with adult ADHD also have a secondary mental health condition (or more), and I’m not pretending to be an expert here – let me make that crystal clear. What I AM doing is sharing my life story throughout the pages of this blog, sharing the latest research in the field, and making people aware of the condition itself. I’m learning just like my readers, and we’re all in this together. I’ve made some bold statements in these posts, and I was admittedly a bit too hard on family doctors out there, for instance, saying that they were of a sociopathic state when just spitting out prescriptions without a thorough testing/diagnostic process. That isn’t the whole picture, and they are often doing the best they can with the tools at their disposal. I get that, but THAT is also why this blog, my online platform and word of mouth is so important for raising awareness!
Getting back to adult ADHD treatment, keep an open mind, my friends! Whether tools like therapy, mindfulness, meditation, exercise, medication or any number of others are recommended to helping you cope better with adult ADHD, it’s important to be open to them. I’ve found that this blog helps me get my passion out to the world, for instance. It makes my day, and I look SO forward to getting up every single day to keep building awareness across the world! It gives me a sense of purpose, fulfillment and opens doors along the way. So learning from my example, remember that if you feel “different” than most, if you’re really passionate and creative with your own vision for success, who is to say you can’t make your own path in this life? If I hadn’t found a way to stick with this blog every week, or to work hard on my up-coming memoir, I might be in a much harder place in life. In other words, I’ve found my way as far as the ever-challenging work/life/passion balance is concerned, and I haven’t needed medication to do it. That said, I’m always open to meds if they will help my quality of life! I’ve found another “adult ADHD treatment” that works for me: following my heart in a positive, structured way that I need to stay consistent with to be successful, but what a small price to pay for some sense of fulfillment in my day to day life!
I call that success, and as an adult with ADHD, I frequently need to tell myself “STOP – slow down and smell the roses….Look at how successful you are in your life, and be grateful!” I definitely need to turn my mind’s motor off at times and do that. I find that other “treatments” like working out, going for walks, and FORCING myself to slow down and take breaks has literally changed my life, one day at a time. It’s never going to be perfect, but how boring would that be to a mind like mine, anyway? ….To a mind with adult ADHD, that simply wouldn’t do. When we find that place “in between” the “must-do’s” like work, chores, responsibilities, etc. and the “want-to’s” like hobbies, work (if you love what you do), relationships and your dreams (in no particular order), we’re truly on the road to a happier, more satisfying life.
Tomorrow never comes, so to speak. We’ve got limited time on this earth, and while we need to find the beauty that’s already all around us if we choose to see it, we also need to uncover our individual blueprint for a better life. Whatever form your adult ADHD treatment takes, you have my full support! Life is too short not to do the work to obtain true clarity, whatever that means to you.