Yes, You Can!!
If you go through the line-up of celebrities who have been diagnosed with ADD, you start to wonder why the disorder is even called a disorder. According to one website, a media mogul, a socialite turned businesswoman, a Harvard graduate, an Olympic champion, a Canadian actor, and many others have once upon a time been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.
So if you’re an adult and your doctor says you have ADHD, or you just learned that your child has ADHD, that’s definitely NOT a reason to despair. The main message here is crystal clear: people with the disorder can lead productive and successful lives. Perhaps some of these people nurtured a burning desire to overcome their disorder, not allowing it to take over their lives. You or your child can do the same.
Here are some testimonials from kids and adults who have ADHD (from ADHD Aware):
“I’m a successful financial planner and love spending time with my kids. I have ADHD.”
“I’m an energetic dancer and I also have ADHD.
“I’m a talented sprinter and I have ADHD.
“I’m a drummer and I have ADHD.
“I have ADHD and I’m a first class scout, a great younger brother, and a good son.
Aiming for Success with ADHD
Some people clam up when it comes to discussing what’s wrong with them. Because of stigma associated with any disorder, they lead silent lives and don’t seek treatment. This is when they let the disorder take over their lives.
The first step is to see your doctor. The next step is to find resources in your own community. You’ll be surprised how many of your kindred souls are out there, seeking answers and taking baby steps. Shuning treatment means you’re not interested in leading a productive life and being successful. The mere act of joining a local ADHD support group can mean opening more doors for your future.
Wendy Davis, an African American actress in Lifetime’s Army Wives is committed to helping children and adults unravel their potential. Here is what she said on CNN: “You’re NOT stupid, broken or disordered. Celebrate the good, step over the bad and work around the ugly. Realize that those of us with ADHD/ADD have a skill that allows us to see the world through a unique lens. We are different, not defective.”
A characteristic of people with ADD or ADHD is the tendency to behave impulsively. This characteristic can often cause us to perform poorly in school or not achieve team targets in the workplace. It also alienates us. Dr. Russell Barkley suggests making a list of situations where we behaved impulsively. Once that list is complete, try these strategies:
- Practice speaking more slowly. Don’t rush through your words.
- When unsure, answer the question by saying “let me think about that.
- Try visualizing that you’re locking your mouth, preventing you from speaking.
By taking small steps and learning to control one aspect of ADHD (impulsive behaving, lack of focus, hyperactivity), you will be able to take bigger steps and…aim for success!