Are You Stuck? Learn More About ADD/ADHD

Several years ago I taught a seminar series entitled Unlock Your Creative Self: A 4 Session Series to Move Your from Stuck to Thriving. As I was preparing to present I wondered who would be motivated to commit four Saturday mornings to learn how to get unstuck. I had a hunch I’d have a number of registrants who had ADD/ADHD because people with that neurbiological disorder get stuck very easily due to executive function deficits that affect self-regulation and engaging in action.

A hallmark of ADD/ADHD is difficulty initiating, sustaining and completing actions, especially those tasks that aren’t interesting and stimulating. The effects of ADD/ADHD lead to inconsistent performance, becoming easily overwhelmed and getting stuck either in activity that is unimportant or unproductive or in rumination with no action.

As it turns out, all of the registrants had ADD/ADHD or suspected that they might have it. No big surprise, but telling about the challenge of ADD/ADHD. Being stuck and ADD/ADHD go hand in hand.

So, if you are stuck, you may want to consider ADD/ADHD as a possible explanation. It is truly amazing how many people I have helped clear clutter and get organized over the years who had no clue that ADD/ADHD was the brain challenge that caused their problems with getting and staying organized, plus a whole host of other problems.

If indeed you do have ADD/ADHD, you will have taken an important first step toward finding relief from the struggle you have with yourself to be reliable and productive. There is no cure for ADD/ADHD. It will be a lifelong challenge, but with education, coaching and/or medication, you can reach a higher level of functioning and learn to live a life with much less stress.

One of the first things I recommend to people who think they may have ADD/ADHD or who learn they have ADD/ADHD is to start educating yourself about the realities of having that challenging brain-based condition. Learning about how ADD/ADHD interferes with your life on all levels help you turn your energies from struggle, disappointment in self, and negative thinking to working hard to identify how your ADD/ADHD shows up, learning strategies for managing your ADD/ADHD, and a more conscious and empowered way of navigating through life.

The following are five of my favorite ADD/ADHD resources:

  • More Attention, Less Deficit by Ari Tuckman
  • Women with Attention Deficit Disorder by Sari Solden
  • ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., and
  • additudemag.com. 

If you discover you have ADD/ADHD, consider it an opportunity, a light in the darkness of struggle. Arm yourself with information about the disorder, get an ADD/ADHD evaluation, and seek support to make your way from being stuck to thriving.