By Jeff Emmerson
Though the photo might be a bit silly (couldn’t find my darn baseball cap), today’s topic is absolutely massive, as you probably know. Treating adult ADHD is something you’ve got to be open to, and I don’t simply mean medications, either. I don’t even just mean in a medical setting. Everything from exercise to meditation, to socializing regularly with healthy relationships of supportive folk, to simply going for a walk to relax your mind and remind yourself of the “big-picture” can make all the difference in your life. You’ve got to be open-minded to these routes, these tools for improving your day-to-day. You know why? Because we’re always changing, growing older, and life throws us curves and amazing times alike. Nothing stays the same for very long, as I’m finding. Even those who try to “stay” in a particular period of time get passed by, and might suffer as a result of the lack of an open mind to the good things in the present moment. Men – YOU have to really learn that being open about mental health IS COURAGE! That’s another thing. So many of my fellow men out there have so damn much pride getting in their own way that they risk losing it all to that foolish bravado, as I have in the past.
ENOUGH! I’ve had enough of the ignorant stigma, frankly. I cut straight through it with an open mind, self-acceptance, and continuing daily treatment toward living the best life I can. ‘Simple as that. Isn’t it ironic how simple this stuff can be once we at least have a diagnosis! From there, it’s all up to you – how complicated do you want to endlessly make it? How about getting the hell out of your own way a little more each day? I know: it’s not just that simple…..I know, and clearly I’m a bit frustrated at times with how slow we’re evolving from a HUMAN perspective, as opposed to technology. We’ve got to catch up to technology!
A little bit, anyway. Treating adult ADHD isn’t something we buy in a box, like a vitamin for something we might be lacking. No – mental health is a life-long journey, my friends, one you or someone you know have been dealing with for decades, quite possibly. It’s time we spoke up and really kicked awareness to the main stage to help at least get people on the same page. Treatment can be in so many forms, and when we open our minds to try different things, SOMETHING will work! Something will “click,” and you build from there, appreciating the baby steps you’re making. That’s how Rome was built, and as they say, it wasn’t build in a day! Take the racing, distracted mind and stubbornly learn to “tweak” it through exercise, art, meds, stepping back from your electronic devices for a bit each day, getting a better sleep, meditation, yoga, a new hobby, take a course, go to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (which I LOVE!), or try any number of things to help minimize your symptoms, as well as medication, if necessary. That takes courage.
The glass will ALWAYS be half-full, as long as we get the help we might need to see life for what it truly is. I know I have, and I’m not going back to the darkness again. I know better now, because I GOT HELP.
COURAGE = GENIUS.