Tim Ervin, LCPC, BCC, CH

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ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)


It is common to think of ADHD as something that kids often outgrow. In mainstream society, the symptoms of adult ADHD my not seem as pronounced as the stereotypical kid in a school setting. Symptoms in adults are much different than in childhood. Perhaps an adult with ADHD has learned to compensate on his or her own so it hasn’t been a problem. That is, until it is a problem. Adult ADHD may be hidden until the adult finds himself/herself in a relationship or faced with a job task (i.e. business owner or promotion) that requires talents that are blocked by the concealed symptoms.

Perhaps, adults who have some level of ADHD symptoms would not even realize it if not for the nature of our modern society. You can’t go anywhere without seeing a screen. Smart phones, tablets, computers, and televisions are everywhere. These distractions (Kryptonite for adults with ADHD) are unavoidable. Its no wonder more and more adults are coming to me with focus and inattentiveness concerns.

I have seen many troubled relationships where major conflicts are ADHD symptom related. Entrepreneurs have expressed a need to be more organized, more focused, or feel unable to stay on task. Employees who have been promoted to a higher position with more responsibility may start to experience the limitations of ADHD symptoms.


People with ADHD may experience:

  • More aggressive behavior
  • Relationship issues
  • Problems keeping a job
  • Low self-esteem due to perceived failures at school or work and due to struggles in relationships
  • More speeding tickets
  • More money management issues, impulsive spending habits and credit card debt
  • More substance abuse
  • More risk-taking behaviors
  • Higher rates of smoking
  • Higher rates of depression and anxiety

My prescription for managing ADHD symptoms is a mindfulness plan that puts you in control of your thoughts and emptions. Often simple and invisible exercises are used on a daily bases to keep you focused and on task. According to Zylowska, L (2008), 78% of participants who practiced mindful awareness reported reduction in their ADHD symptoms.


BENEFITS MINDFULNESS FOR ADHD

  • Improved relationships and parenting
  • More control over behavior and anger
  • Increased self-monitoring
  • Reduction in impulsivity
  • Improved stress management
  • Reduction in depression and anxiety
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved attention control
  • Improved resistance distractions
  • More efficient working memory