"It's not me, it's ADHD"

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterised by symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which can often have a significant impact on a person's daily life.


ADHD can feel like diving into a sea of distractions, endless to-do lists, and a brain that's running on a million different channels all at once. 

Another important theme to consider is the high levels of stigma associated with ADHD. Despite the prevalence of this disorder, many people still hold negative stereotypes about those with ADHD, dismissing them as lazy, undisciplined, or simply not trying hard enough.

This can create significant barriers for individuals with ADHD, making it harder for them to get the support and resources they need to manage their symptoms. Many people with this disorder may feel ashamed or embarrassed, which can further impact their mental health and self-esteem.

As someone who has been personally diagnosed with ADHD myself, I understand the challenges that come with this condition. However, I firmly believe that with the right support and resources, individuals with ADHD can thrive and succeed. That's why I'm here to offer a compassionate approach to those who may be navigating ADHD for the first time and looking for guidance. Let's explore ADHD together and discover the tools and strategies that can help us all live our best lives.

An important aspect of ADHD is the impact it can have on relationships. Individuals with ADHD may struggle with communication, social skills, and regulating emotions. This can put a strain on friendships, romantic relationships, and even work relationships. However, it's important to remember that with the right support and strategies, people with ADHD can still form positive and meaningful connections with others.

One tool that has been shown to be effective in managing ADHD symptoms is mindfulness meditation. By practising mindfulness, individuals with ADHD can learn to focus their attention and regulate their emotions, reducing impulsivity and hyperactivity. Other strategies, such as setting clear, achievable goals and breaking tasks down into smaller steps, can also be helpful for managing ADHD symptoms.

One additional theme related to ADHD is the impact it can have on academic and professional success. For children with ADHD, their symptoms may interfere with their ability to learn and perform in school. However, with appropriate accommodations and support, they can still succeed academically. For adults with ADHD, their symptoms may impact their work performance, leading to difficulties with time management, organisation, and productivity. However, with the right strategies, individuals with ADHD can thrive in their professional lives as well.

Many people with ADHD may go undiagnosed and therefore struggle with managing their symptoms, leading to difficulties in various aspects of their lives such as education, employment, and relationships. The lack of understanding and acceptance of ADHD also contributes to the underfunding of research on the disorder, which has resulted in limited treatment options.

ADHD can present unique challenges for individuals in various aspects of their lives, from relationships to academic and professional success. However, with the right tools, strategies, and support, individuals with ADHD can thrive and live fulfilling lives. By promoting understanding and breaking down stigma, we can create a more inclusive and supportive world.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Putney, London, SW15
Written by Amy Baglietto, MBACP (Accred)
Putney, London, SW15

I am a psychotherapist with ADHD. As someone who has experienced the challenges of living with ADHD, I understand the difficulties that come with navigating everyday life while also managing a mental health condition. However, I am also someone who has learned to thrive and succeed despite my ADHD,

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