Myths about ADHD: "You just need to try harder"

"You just need to try harder": This can be a damaging phrase for an ADHD child or adult. It can imply that we're lazy - and for many, the opposite is more often than not the case. We're often working harder than everybody else on the inside! With ADHD the intentions are often there, but the follow through is what we struggle with. This isn't because we aren't trying hard- it really is a brain difference!

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17 Illustrations that give insight into an ADHD mind

What is it like to have ADHD?For anyone out there with an ADHD diagnosis, check out 17 Illustrations that are Incredibly Real for Anyone with ADD. The illustrations are surprisingly insightful into what happens behind the scenes with an ADHD mind! We've mentioned this in the past, but it can be incredibly powerful knowing that others out there truly relate with similar experiences, including the feelings of frustration that can come with myths and misunderstandings of ADHD. This can also be a quick and easy link to share with a loved one that would benefit from a bit more insight into your internal world!

What it's like to have ADHD: An adult woman's perspective

What ADHD is like for a womanLast week, New York Magazine posted an article on their website called What It's Like to Have ADHD as a Grown Woman. This first person account by Rae Jacobson talks about the impact of the public's misunderstanding of adult ADHD, the frustration of not knowing what was "wrong" with her and then, the relief of a diagnosis. Rae's experience is obviously unique to her, but the story sounds similar to many of the stories we've heard from adults at the clinic. When you have ADHD symptoms but no diagnosis, it can be easily to attribute your challenges to personal failings. With a diagnosis, you can start naming your symptoms for what they are, and separating them from your identity. We strongly recommend checking the article out!

Emotional Regulation in ADHD

regulating emotions with ADHDAlthough it isn't included in the diagnostic criteria for ADHD, emotional regulation has become an important piece of the puzzle in our understanding of the disorder. Children and adults with ADHD often have difficulty managing big feelings that come up in the moment.

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