Do any of the following statements sound like you?
- You might have been accused of being “ADD.”
- Your coworkers might complain that your desk is a disaster.
- Maybe you’ve missed appointments, deadlines, or dates.
- Perhaps you lose keys and other items on a frequent basis
- Start projects but hardly ever seem to follow them
- Have difficulty prioritizing – Just about everything seems urgent
- Frequently late to events
- Hyperfocus and forget to attend to more pressing matters
- Reports from teachers about your “daydreaming” or “bothering other students.”
These are few characteristics of the ADHD adult. Any one or two characteristics are common to most of us; however, more than one or two and you might consider an evaluation to determine if you could benefit from professional help.
What kind of help?
First, a thorough evaluation is important. ADHD shares characteristics with other disorders, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or really bad habits. Gifted people sometimes have difficulty focusing on what is relevent.
Second, if you are suffering from AD/HD, then we can discuss how to use your strengths to help you succeed. Guided imagery, medication consulation, and other ways will also be explored.
Third, we will develop an action plan to help you “repair” the areas of your life where AD/HD has interferred. You might have missed important social cues from others, including your spouse or partner. John, a 42 year old physician, had difficulty with others because of his poor listening skills. Patients thought he was rude. Colleagues thought that he was arrogant. Learning how to listen helped tremendously with his relationships.
What is an evaluation?
An evaluation includes interviews to gather historical information as well as current information about you. Then a psychological inventory will be given. You might be asked to give the names of those who know your work and lifestyle. Often spouses and support staff recognize these signs and symptoms before you do. An evaluation generally takes two to four appointments.
You might want to begin with the evaluation and decide on treatment at a later date. If you are already in therapy, discuss the feasibility of an evaluation with your therapist. Your therapist, you and I can work together to develop the best plan for you!
Do visit my blog to read more tips for the Attention Deficit Professional!