Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a misleading name for an intriguing kind of mind (Lowell & Ratey, 2005). ADHD can present itself with or without one being ‘hyperactive.’ The view of ADHD is slowly shifting from ADHD being a disorder to a personality trait and one’s way of being in life. ADHD is difficult to navigate as one often finds themselves different from others. ADHD as an adolescent and adult, imposes challenges and distress as one finds it difficult to fit into the rigid, defined societal structures such as the fixed class schedules or the 9 to 5 jobs.
Therapy provides the following and much more:
- A compassionate and empathetic space that recognizes the upside of one’s ADHD and creatively works towards managing the stressful aspects
- A non-judgmental place to explore the challenges of low self-esteem and self-doubt that are influenced by the invalidating and pressurizing environment around
- Interventions that Identify one’s self-defeating beliefs and thoughts to transform them into more realistic and empowering ones. Realistic views also consider one’s strengths of intelligence, humor, creativity, charisma, and originality, that people with ADHD often hold
Important note: Self-diagnosis has become a common occurrence and should be avoided as It can lead to unnecessary anxiety and inaccurate conclusions. It is essential for the individual and the mental health practitioner to take time in understanding the narrative in depth and patiently explore the healing options before arriving at a conclusion.