If you’re a college student who has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, you may find yourself late or skipping classes too often. In the beginning of the quarter or semester, it may be because it’s hard to remember what time class starts and where to go. Later, it may be because dorm life, friends, or partying make it hard to get up in the morning. Perhaps you have a hard time sleeping even when you go to bed on time and waking up early is almost impossible.
ADD/ADHD symptoms can cause stress for everyone. Few of us can stay calm when we have an important appointment in 15 minutes and can’t find our keys. Or when we miss the bus and know we’ll be late for work yet again. Or when we accidentally disappoint someone we care about because of forgetfulness, spacing out, or not finishing what we started.
Here is a simple 2 minute exercise in the tradition of mindfulness that can help people with ADHD slow down and be aware of what we are doing, what we meant to be doing, what we are feeling, and what comes next. By stopping for just a few minutes to check in with ourselves, we often end up moving at a faster rate because we’re more aware and directed. It really works!
Women with attention deficit disorder may find themselves facing challenges that cause stress, anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, and unhealthy thought and behavior patterns. An ADHD coach who is knowledgeable about how attention deficit disorder affects women can help clients lead more calm, healthy, and directed lives.
College students with ADD/ADHD may face challenges that feel overwhelming. Before college, parents may have advocated for their children and helped them keep track of their homework, stay organized and complete tasks and assignments. Teachers may have broken assignments up into manageable chunks and reminded students about upcoming tests or quizzes.
As an ADHD Coach, many of my adult clients with attention deficit disorder struggle with chronic lateness. Difficulty getting to places on time seems to be a common result of distractibility, impulsivity, and other symptoms of ADHD.
Hormonal changes connected to menopause can make every woman feel like she has ADHD because forgetting or losing things and having a fuzzy brain can be the norm. And if you do have attention deficit disorder, you may find that your symptoms worsen as you approach menopause.