Life can be a challenge every day but if you have ADHD it may feel overwhelming. However, with the right support and skills, you can be more organised, be more efficient at carrying out responsibilities and improve your interactions with others. Learning more about adult ADHD and taking advantage of these coping strategies you can become more productive in every area of your life.
Living with ADHD.
One of the biggest issues for people with ADHD is time management. Invariably there are problems with forgetting things, missing appointments, getting so involved with one activity you forget to do others, not being able to effectively prioritise your tasks and then running out of time to do the most important ones, or not being able to concentrate on the things you know you should be doing. Sometimes tasks that take hours may take days, or even longer, for someone with ADHD to complete – if they ever are completed at all.
Added to this you may sleep badly or at odd times and feel constantly tired – even ill – and so even routine tasks might feel as though they are out of your control.
However, there are skills you can learn to help J You can start to recognise your strengths and use them to work better, improve your organisation and prioritising of tasks, and interact with others more effectively.
Getting professional support.
You may feel your family and friends don’t, or won’t, understand so sharing how life is for you with them can help them to understand as well.
There are lots of books available now on ADHD – these will help you to find out more. Doing an internet search will also help you find many other people who experience issues with ADHD and write about their experiences. You might be able to talk to someone who seems to have all the same issues as you
It is not always necessary, but you may decide it will be helpful to have an accurate diagnosis. Your first step will be to see your doctor. This can be a task in itself! Make a list of all the symptoms and issues that you have that make you feel sure you have ADHD. Perhaps you can use the internet to help you. Write them down and remember to take the list with you when you go to see your doctor to make sure you don’t forget anything.
Your doctor will refer you for assessment and a possible diagnosis from a qualified professional with experience in ADHD. Adult ADHD can be tricky to diagnose, as there is no simple test and many of the symptoms can overlap with other conditions, such as depression, emotional trauma, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It’s quite common to have another condition such as depression or anxiety alongside your ADHD, and so these will need treatment and support too.
Finding local support.
Once you have your diagnosis there should be support offered to you, or at least information given about groups and organisations who can help give you further advice and support. A good support network provides help and encouragement and stops you feeling so alone. Your own doctor may also be able to direct you to local support. Maybe there is even a social group in your area. Hearing how others overcome their daily challenges can be very helpful.
If you choose not to, or are waiting for a diagnosis, and you are in the UK you might like to start looking for local support by visiting