Keep fighting the good fight: How remembering you have ADHD is actually the secret to beating it.

Receiving a diagnosis of ADHD is not an end point. Instead, it is an opportunity for a new beginning. By realizing that ADHD is actually a brain difference, you can put some context into your past, and help you understand why you often feel the way you feel. So, if the process is done right, a diagnosis is a chance for transformation, for change, and for individual growth.

Coming to terms with having ADHD is not about feeling guilt, or shame, or feeling bad about yourself. And it shouldn’t be about receiving a label either. It should be an empowering experience with the opportunity to build self-awareness, with the goal of getting closer to finding your true self.

Before a diagnosis, symptoms of ADHD can often feel insurmountable, and hard to define. It can be easy to feel a lack of agency in making changes, and you might be struggling to meet expectations for yourself and those around you. And, the worst part for many is the fact that you don’t know why it’s all happening. You don’t seem to follow through on the things you think you’re going to do, or tell others that you are planning to do. You might even feel like you keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

Having the opportunity to put a name to your challenges, then, can help you become more active in moving forward. You can start to stare down symptoms and take charge of your challenges. You can learn to "talk back" to your cognitive patterns, and work to gain sustainable momentum. You can actually learn to train your brain to slow down, and chunk up your goals so that you can make headway.

With time, when you accept that ADHD is there, and see what it is and how it affects you, you can learn how to create your own personal work-arounds. Then, you can begin to take advantage of some of the good traits that come with ADHD.

Sounds pretty hopeful, right? Well, it should sound that way. ADHD can be very treatable. There is one catch, though. You need to stay on top of the symptoms, every single day. Remember that it’s real? And that your brain is different? Keep remembering that.

As soon as you start to think you don’t need to use your work arounds, and that you can let go of the structure you have built, those troublesome symptoms will creep back in, and will wreak havoc once more. ADHD needs to be taken seriously - every day.

Wake up each day, and stare ADHD in the face and yell at the top of your lungs: “I am going to beat you today, ADHD! I can outsmart these symptoms. I know what works for me.” If you do that, you’ll be all set. Beat ADHD everyday. And if you have an off day, start fresh tomorrow. Naming it and facing it is the best way to keep it at bay.

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