ADHD – It’s Not About Focusing, It’s About Functioning

Woman standing in a fork in the roadADHD is so much more than just a lack of focus. I’ve had two interesting conversations recently that remind me how little people with ADHD actually understand how comprehensively ADHD is impacting them. It goes way beyond focus, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

ADHD impacts almost every aspect of your daily life. How you believe the world works, how relationships work, what’s important and what isn’t.

In relationships, ADHD can make it hard to be fully present, listen effectively, and follow through on promises. ADHD makes it challenging to keep track of tasks, manage time, and maintain systems for running your life. Even basic self-care like eating, getting enough sleep, and exercising can be major struggles.

ADHD is pervasive, which means that while symptoms may look like laziness or carelessness on the surface, they are the result of brain wiring that’s out of your control. ADHD is also dynamic which means something you struggled with today, may be easier tomorrow. That doesn’t mean you bear no responsibility for learning to manage it.

I’ve met countless people diagnosed with ADHD who settle for a superficial understanding about what ADHD means for them: “It means I have difficulty paying attention.”

They get the diagnosis, believe “it is what it is”, then walk through life allowing it to wreak havoc, cost them jobs and ruin relationships instead of getting help from those who have been down this road and could save them so much anguish.

If you want to be able to focus, follow through, keep promises and so on, having compassionate support and practical solutions like the ones I teach can make the difference between success and struggle.

If you or someone you love has ADHD, don’t underestimate its daily impact. Reach out to me to learn more about practical solutions for coping with and managing how ADHD is impacting your life.


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