If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with ADHD, then you know that managing the condition presents its own unique challenges. What you may not have realized, however, is that those living with ADHD are also at an increased risk for experiencing migraines.
Let’s be honest. Since ADHD is still not well understood by neuroscience, what you and I ‘know’ about ADHD probably contains some erroneous assumptions, outdated clichés, and a few gaps. Possibly some major gaps.
Have you heard about bullet journaling? I was not that familiar with it myself until fairly recently. When I started using one, and asking some of my clients if they wanted to try it to see if it would work for them, I started to get pretty impressed!
My inner critic at times gets very loud and overwhelming. Sound familiar? This makes any form of self-compassion or self-care seem impossible, especially when it relates to things I find challenging, or certain things related to my past experiences, and my Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder diagnosis.
This is my story. My personal ADHD journey. How I inadvertently found, and what I have learnt about ‘the natural approach’ to treating my symptoms. Where do I start? At the beginning I guess. (Buckle up readers, I have a story to tell you.)
I am going to suggest that there are some potential benefits to having ADHD. Symptoms that can be impairing in some situations can work for me in other situations. However, before we dive into this…A Caveat. A Clarification. A Disclaimer.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not a gift.
Many adults who have ADHD, myself included, don’t feel we worry too much or are highly sensitive, anxious, moody, mercurial, easily upset, or quick to anger. We don’t feel that our emotions are a problem.
But talk to our friends and family. Hear what they say. (Awkward clearing of throat.)
I read this quote by Sydney Harris: “When I hear somebody sigh “Life is hard” I am always tempted to ask “Compared to what?”. Compared to what. That is very profound and deep… or possibly it’s glib and dismissive I still haven’t decided.