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.
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.
Many college students with attention deficit disorder find college easier than high school. After having to get up at the break of dawn to sit through 6-8 classes, taking 3-4 classes can feel like a luxury. And some colleges offer the choice of classes later in the day, which can be an added benefit for students who have a terrible time getting up in the morning. Continue reading “ADHD in College – A Tip to Feel More in Control” »
College can be both an exciting and challenging time. Some students gradually build their independence before they leave for college and have a good understanding of what it takes to succeed in life away from home. Others, especially those with executive functioning challenges and other symptoms of ADHD may find themselves lost, overwhelmed, or impulsively moving in the wrong direction when they are on their own for the first time.
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For a number of my clients, anxiety, being scattered, and feeling overwhelmed can be a result of their executive functioning challenges. When we combine the practical aspects of ADD/ADHD coaching with some relaxation, meditation, and Qigong practice, they have expressed to me how much they enjoy it and feel they are benefiting.
I wasn’t sure how this would work with teenagers and young adults with ADHD, but it has been very well received. It helps them learn to slow down, relax, and be aware of themselves in the present moment – skills that most of us could use! I have led clients (all ages) through meditation and Qigong practices in person and over the phone. Continue reading “Teaching Qigong to High School and College Students with ADHD” »
If you are a student with ADHD, studying material that is dry or uninteresting to you can be really challenging. When you have to read a chapter in a textbook or a long article, do you sometimes feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or bored before you even start? One trick to help focus on reading and recalling information is to make the process an active one.
This means you’ll have less of a struggle with your mind when it wants to be stimulated and go somewhere else more interesting. You will be engaging your brain right from the beginning and giving it a purpose – helpful for everyone but especially for those who have ADHD!
There’s a method that’s been around awhile called SQ3R. No matter how unexciting the required reading may seem, using the steps in this process can help you get through the material and remember it. Here goes: Continue reading “ADHD in College: How NOT to be Passive and Bored While Studying” »