for Adults with ADD
by Helen Selenati
Many adults with ADD
focus solely on the
challenges of this
realizing its unique gifts. By
refocusing on their strengths, accentuating
them, and developing ways in
which their positive attributes
can be used in
daily life, people
with ADD can create richer life experiences
for themselves. The following are some
strategies that people with ADD need to know
to enhance their day-to-day lives.
Develop your true
nature and personality – not what others
want you to be. Your strengths are what
make you a unique and creative human being.
Never worry by
yourself – talk to someone
you trust about what is bothering you, or
else you’ll ruminate or obsess over the issue.
for dealing with anger – go jogging, play a
competitive sport, do yoga, practice breathing
techniques, or take a martial arts class.
Engage in any energetic activity that relieves
the negative feelings stimulated by adrenalin.
excessively – if you are going
to communicate, organize your thoughts, write
them down in bullet form and then practice!!
Show compassion for
yourself - instead of blaming
yourself for everything that goes wrong.
Get things done vs.
doing things right – stop
procrastinating about starting a task because
you can’t do it perfectly. Black and white
thinking will paralyze progress. Create action
and then do it. You’ll feel great once you get
started and you’ll learn by getting things
- Be an active
listener – focus on a single
aspect of what the person is saying. Learn to
be a neutral listener and listen without
making any judgments.
Find a cause about
which you are passionate – create a mission
that reflects your true values or nature and
focus that high ADD energy towards achieving
Learn to say NO – People with ADD
tend to bite off more that they can chew and
in the process overwhelm themselves with too
many promises they can’t deliver. If you do
decide to say yes to something that interests
you or motivates you, then under-promise and
over-deliver. This will alleviate any pressure
you feel and you’ll be more productive and
surpass everyone’s expectations.
Helen Selenati is a
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and
Certified Coach. She has a private
practice in Redwood City and can be
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 650-596-0807.
Also visit www.selenati.com