Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most misunderstood diagnosis of our time. There are many myths and assumptions made by the general public about it. One of the biggest myths is that someone with ADHD cannot focus. The truth is that people with ADHD are not paying attention to what others want them to focus on. People with ADHD are perfectly able to focus when something has sparked their interest or passion. As a matter of fact, they can hyper-focus or even get obsessed with things that inspire their curiosity or passion.
Neurologically speaking, the ADHD brain functions differently. Its dopamine pathways function in a way that facilitates for more imagination, creativity and spontaneity. There are also ‘executive function’ complications that make organization and task completion challenging. People with ADHD may sometimes feel over-stimulated and feel like they are ‘crashing’. They may also feel bored, under-stimulated depressed.
The downside to ADHD is that individuals may experience challenges in their relationship life as well as negative consequences in their careers or educational pursuits. There can be a sense of overwhelm, disorganization, anxiety, guilt, shame or depression. Not completing tasks and underachieving may result in negative self-talk or isolation.
Few clinicians genuinely understand this particular neurological type or personality. The stimulant-drug industry has marketed itself as the main symptom manager for the diagnosis. Many clinicians find themselves helpless and resort to prescribing and recommending medication.
I believe in a holistic approach to supporting ADHD individuals nurture gifts, find mature acceptance and strengthen weaknesses. A combination of medication, psychotherapy, family/relationship therapy and organization coaching can go a long way.