Why do so many people with ADHD seek help during times of transition?

At our clinic, individuals with ADHD often come in for assessments or treatment in the aftermath of big life changes. They were doing "fine" before, but now all of a sudden their ADHD symptoms are causing significant difficulty in their lives.

So why is this? Why do so many people with ADHD seek help during times of transition?

In general, individuals with ADHD have difficulty with transitions. For example, it's tough for this brain to shift gears from an exciting task, to a less interesting one. On a larger scale, this trouble shifting gears can translate to difficulty adapting to bigger life changes. An ADHD brain thrives on consistency and structure, and when the expectations and "rules" change, it can take awhile to adjust. Even if you don't consciously have a routine, change tends to throw things into disarray.

One example of this is when your coping strategies aren't good enough anymore. Take having a child: The increase in demands placed on you could mean that your strategies for staying organized no longer work. You might now be stretched too thin, or your old system didn't account for so many things being out of your control. What worked before doesn't work anymore.

Another example is when the support and structure you had before is no longer available. When you go from high school to university, for example, you no longer have your parents or teachers helping you keep you on top of things. Or when you retire, or start working from home, you no longer have the structure of a work environment.

Everybody has some difficulty adjusting to big life changes. But, with ADHD, it's important to know that this can be particularly difficult, and at-times overwhelming.

So what can you do? For one, knowing this is a challenge with ADHD, it's important to plan ahead and be proactive about any changes coming up. Or, if you're already in the thick of it, it's important to get support as early as possible.

Are you already overwhelmed and not sure what to do? Check out information about assessment or treatment services!

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