Being an Adult With ADHD Can Be a Problem & An Opportunity: 4 Steps to Start Healing

So many adults with ADHD live with poor self esteem and a trunk full of painful memories that impact their ability to enjoy life.

Words like bullying, embarrassing, lonely and more are used to describe their experience of childhood. It was the same for me.

The good news is the past doesn’t have to equal the future. You can heal the past hurts to make room for happiness in the present.

It takes work but you owe it to yourself and to your kids to be the best you.

A few tips to get started:

  1.  Write a letter to your younger self explaining how important it is to hang in there because of the things they’ll get to experience in the future. 

  2. Give yourself permission to grieve your less than perfect childhood. 

  3. Forgive the adults who didn’t know what they didn’t know. 

  4. Remind yourself daily that you’re worthy of love and respect.

Thank goodness for second chances

You’ll have your share of naysayers when you’re neurodivergent. When I first enrolled in the Social Work Program, I had a professor who didn’t like me. She went out of her way to try and get me to drop out of the program. It was the early 1990’s and about a decade before I’d learn

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When Facebook wants you to friend a childhood bully

Facebook just recommend I friend someone who literally used to torment me when we were kids. We have FB friends in common it seems. I felt anger at first as I looked at his face. I tried to see evidence of that kid I resented so much. I couldn’t see him. I didn’t know the

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Self-care is about more than getting enough rest

Listen to this post … Self-care isn’t simply about taking care of the parts of you that take care of everyone else. It’s about so much more.  It’s about taking care of the “self”, who you are, what fills you up and makes you feel most alive.  I focus on the self-care that strengthens the

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Where do we go from here…

Listen to this post … I grew up being bullied by classmates, teachers, and even members of my own family.I was beat up at various times from the age of 5 through middle school. I finally fought back, decisively, and no one touched me again after that.To some, I should’ve acted sooner. In my mind,

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When you don’t know how to figure out what isn’t working…

Listen to this post … You don’t need to have resolutions or goals because there’s a new year. Whether you live your life guided by a desire to be, have or do anything is up to you. Regardless of what the calendar says. Your beliefs about what’s possible for you may be informed by how much neurodiversity

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Robbing stigma of its oxygen

“Telling your story of life with neurodiversity educates and robs stigma of its oxygen.” I said something to that effect during a discussion about neurodiversity in the workplace this morning. The question was raised about how to educate employers about differences. I emphasized that it needs to start outside the companies, in our communities and

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