Talking Back to ADHD Checklist
1. Understand ADHD: See an ADHD symptom as an ADHD symptom. Distractibility, forgetfulness, unawareness of time, procrastination, inefficiency, impulsiveness, reactivity, and all the rest of ADHD are not a judgment. If you were wheezing, you’d get rid of the mold in your basement, make lifestyle changes, and find a doctor you trust. Around ADHD, almost any symptom can be managed by seeing it for what it is, particularly as it reflects on self-management skills.
2. Partner with someone: ADHD skills are needed to plan and problem solve. If you wanted to learn an instrument, you’d find a music teacher. If you wanted to learn a sport, you’d find a coach. Kids with ADHD require adults to create solutions. For teens and adults, find someone skilled to assist in defining and implementing a plan like a coach or a psychologist.
3. Be patient and compassionate with yourself and others: ADHD is a challenging, wide-ranging disorder. Change is hard, sometimes harder if you have ADHD, but with a clear-sighted view of ADHD you can more fully manage its impact on life.