I’m just back from the 2017 Annual International Conference on ADHD, held in Atlanta. It was an extraordinary experience for me. The conference was attended by people with ADHD, parents of ADHD children, many of whom also have ADHD, and therapists, coaches and psychologists who work with people who have ADHD, many of whom also have ADHD.
Even though I don’t have ADHD, I felt like a legitimate member of the “tribe” as conference attendees call themselves. Most of my coaching and organizing clients have ADHD, as does my husband. I understand it both at a personal and professional level. It was incredible to participate with so many people who are committed to learn as much as they can about ADHD and make a difference by embracing, normalizing and educating others about ADHD.
I came away with a deeper knowing of the daily struggle of ADHD — to be on time, to have their act together, to stay organized, to find what they need when they need it, to start and complete tasks, to hold themselves accountable, etc. What was so remarkable was that many of the speakers who have ADHD spoke candidly about their struggle instead of hiding it under a mask of pseudo-confidence. It was safe to let others know you have ADHD!
Speakers showed up in the truth of their on-going struggle to manage their lives and reach their goals. AND, they made significant contributions to our learning at the conference. In spite of the challenges of their ADHD, they have kept on keeping on in their lives because they were passionate about helping others understand ADHD and how to manage it. Having ADHD didn’t stop them from taking huge steps.
If you have ADHD and struggle because you feel different from others, mark your calendars for the 2018 Annual International Conference on ADHD, November 8-11, 2018. There you will find your tribe. It is so therapeutic to know you are not alone. In fact you belong to a group of highly creative, compassionate, and talented people.
The conference will be held in St. Louis next year. Registration this year was only $300 for 2.5 days of outstanding programing plus an incredible talent show. The conference experience will take you further faster in making peace with your ADHD and creating a life that fits your ADHD brain. I will be there. I hope to see you there too!