Adult ADD/ADHD

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Many high achievers who experience ADD/ADHD assume that many tasks are “just harder” for them and, thus, resolve to “work harder” to succeed. While they often achieve their goals, they do so with a great deal of struggle, stress, and frustration. The high achiever with ADD/ADHD has most likely been experiencing it’s symptoms since childhood, but developed coping mechanisms to “deal” overtime. Because they do the typical high achiever thing of “fake it till you make it” and don’t share their challenges with others, their ADD/ADHD symptoms usually go unrecognized and, thus, unaddressed, and they struggle indefinitely without applying the skills that can help set them up for success with less struggle, stress, and frustration.

Executive functioning (i.e. verbal and non-verbal working memory, self-regulation skills, motivation, and planning, etc.) are suspected to be impaired by ADD/ADHD, making detail-oriented, deadline driven, competitive work – the type of work  that many high achievers are drawn to – exceptionally challenging.

The assumption that medication is the only way to treat ADD/ADHD often deters high achievers because they dislike the idea of relying on medication to succeed.  While medication is helpful for many, it is NOT the only effective method of improving ADD/ADHD symptoms.  Psychotherapy alone, when tailored to adults experiencing ADD/ADHD, is also successful in improving ADD/ADHD symptoms, and an excellent choice for those wishing to explore non-pharmaceutical treatment.

Adult ADD/ADHD symptoms in high achievers often manifest as challenges at work which are overcome, but involve intense struggle and stress.  Does this sound like you?  

ADD/ADHD Symptoms
  • Do you often find it challenging to stay focused?
  • Are you easily distracted by incoming emails and voicemails, colleagues conversations, objects in your office, unaccomplished tasks?
  • Do you find it difficult to prioritize and maintain your priority list?
  • Do experience difficulty when planning and/or organizing?
  • Are you struggling with time-management?
  • Do you have trouble effectively “multi-tasking?”
  • Are you impulsive?
  • Do you find it very difficult to follow through with plans or tasks?
  • Is stress and/or frustration difficult for you to cope with?
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