You CAN Do Great Things By Managing Adult ADHD Symptoms!

I FINALLY found myself on the road to long-term success through my diagnosis and being honest to myself about my areas to work on behavior-wise. That set me free! - Jeff Emmerson

I FINALLY found myself on the road to long-term success through my diagnosis and being honest to myself about my areas to work on behavior-wise. That set me free! – Jeff Emmerson

By Jeff Emmerson

This is so true – SO true, my friends. Of course, it depends on the severity of your symptoms and any co-existing condition(s) present in your life, but let me give you the single biggest piece of advice I ever could: Keep an open mind! As frustrated, furious, annoyed, anxious or depressed you get, there IS a way to unlock your combination to a vault of greater success in life – in relationships, your career, your mindset about life, and in other areas. The answer is in your attitude, and in the time you put in toward self-awareness and challenging your “comfort zone” for stretching yourself toward new patterns of behavior. I’m saying that for the record, since it has literally changed my life over the last year and a half, with no signs of stopping. I get it now, more than I ever have, and thank God I do, or I probably wouldn’t be here to type this right now – The Adult ADHD Blog wouldn’t even exist, which would be tragic for all of us. We NEED stories of real-life people (as opposed to academics or physicians alone) overcoming mental health battles and winning in life. We truly do, more than ever.

When we find our individual “blueprint” to success, which usually takes a lot of trial and error (as it should – this is YOUR life, no one else’s!), we’re changed people. We can’t be stopped from succeeding in a more fulfilling, self-directed life of beauty, gratitude and all that comes with it. When we know the challenging behaviors that can hold us back, we can minimize them, and allow ourselves to shine through our talents – our strengths! This is so damn true. Just look at this blog! In a relatively short time, I’m reaching literally hundreds of thousands of people each month here and with EverydayHealth, exploding adult ADHD awareness! Twitter is exploding for me as well, now that I’ve found the formula for building my following organically, properly, over time. You see? The same goes for our lives! Find your own formula over time (it does NOT come overnight, I won’t lie to you), and it will be so damn rewarding that you’ll never be who you were ever again, in a great way. It’s a true “awakening,” and I’m leading by example, driven to inspire millions out there who face similar mental health challenges. I’ve found my formula for success, my “big-picture blueprint” in each area of my life that allows me to get out of my own way symptom-wise to let success and joy back into my life. God, it’s about time. I’ll be 38 this year.

I talk with people from all walks of life – from counselors to doctors, pharmaceutical companies to kindergarten teachers, literary agents to psychiatric nurses……and so on. The common theme of the feedback I’m receiving is that people are really inspired and “refreshed” by finding out that this blog, written by an everyday person just like you has been created and is gaining some serious momentum month by month. As I pursue a book deal this year, my vision is to reach so many more people over the coming years!

Count on me to make that happen. I don’t take this responsibility lightly.

Help me spread the word for mental health and adult ADHD awareness! Adult ADHD symptoms and being aware of how they can hurt your life is the first step. Be honest with yourself, as tough as it is to do at times, and watch your life change for the better, just like mine is. I couldn’t mean this more personally and strongly! Watch as I show what can be done when we believe, my friends! Take this ride with me! We’re all in this together, damn it! It’s about time, isn’t it?

The Cost of Adult ADHD

The costs of adult ADHD on society are absolutely enormous. Through continued research and increased awareness, we will uncover new discoveries in minimizing the impact of the condition on the economy. - Jeff Emmerson

The costs of adult ADHD on society are absolutely enormous. Through continued research and increased awareness, we will uncover new discoveries in minimizing the impact of the condition on the economy. – Jeff Emmerson

By Jeff Emmerson

The total excess cost of ADHD in the US in 2000 was $31.6 billion. Of this total, $1.6 billion was for the ADHD treatment of patients, $12.1 billion was for all other healthcare costs of persons with ADHD, $14.2 billion was for all other healthcare costs of family members of persons with ADHD, and $3.7 billion was for the work loss cost of adults with ADHD and adult family members of persons with ADHD.

WOW. That’s a study from this website FOURTEEN years ago. Yes, it’s from a single company during 1996-1998, as it says later in the article, but that makes this post even more alarming, and for good reason: we’ve got to continue researching the cost of adult ADHD, ways to minimize symptoms through environmental/societal evolution, and definitely address the co-existing conditions such as eating disorders, anxiety, depression and others. Adult ADHD costs households 77 BILLION dollars in lost income each year! That’s according to this WebMD article on the devastation that the condition can cause. You see? We’re onto something here! As awesome as ADHD can be, according to many, it can also cause tragedy! Please know that, and give adult ADHD the respect it deserves, in a way that we don’t minimize the devastation side of the coin! I nearly committed suicide due to adult ADHD, damn it. I keep saying that to open people’s eyes, people who haven’t faced the harsh reality of this condition if left unrecognized and undiagnosed.

I’m hammering awareness into the online world by being a messenger of sorts, someone who has a powerful story that will inspire and touch others coming in the near future, and with the help of millions out there who I’m reaching through my many online channels, we’re doing amazing things to help people all over the world. It feels amazing to get up every morning and grow this mission of mine ever-bigger, and as soon as it really goes viral, people will have their eyes opened to the truth of research, the cost of adult ADHD on ALL of us, and the fact that even though adults with ADHD make up only about 5% of the world population, we’ve got to be a priority for research funding, just like Cancer, Psychopathy, and other conditions that take a significant toll on the economy. That’s the plain and simple truth about it. As we continue to evolve in research and awareness, there will come an end to stigma, as close as we can possibly come as a human race, anyway, and that is SO worth the pursuit! Where the heck would we be without Edison, Einstein, Tchaikovsky, and many, many others who had a vision for creation and exploration?

Where would we be, indeed. I won’t change the world, but with the help of my friends and leaders out there, WE will reach the world, making a massive difference. Those who believe any different simply don’t realize what we do: The world has always needed people like US, people who see things how they could be, then go forth and make them happen, like so many others before us have. It CAN, and it WILL happen with adult ADHD and other mental health challenges.

MARK MY WORDS. You don’t have to love my adult ADHD mission, my freight-train style, or anything else about me, but you will see that I’m right. I’m building my “tribe” more every day, and we simply won’t stop spreading the word, keeping open minds to new discoveries, and pushing ever-forward to help people suffering all over the world.

We’re already winning. I promise that! Many are still losing out there, but hear me when I say that the movement has begun. It has STARTED. OK – Time to take this energy to the pool for an hour of laps. Fierce determination needs to be balanced with patience and release. This is how I’m working through my OWN symptoms and being successful at the same time. I’ve found my formula, just like YOU can. No bull about it.