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October: ADHD Awareness Month

I don't have ADHD. I'm a squ... HEY look! A Human!It’s that time of year again! October is ADHD Awareness Month.

I’ve been thinking about what “ADHD awareness” means to me. And the short answer is: everything.

My own diagnosis was about a decade ago, and at first, the learning curve was steep. In fact, I had to jump off my bike and walk after the first year or two just to make it up the hill. I’m not saying I’ve arrived, but I’ve come a long way and (mostly) I’ve enjoyed the journey.

Thinking back on those first tentative steps, new insights came almost daily. I read everything ADHD-related I could get my hands on. I talked to others with ADHD. I interviewed experts. I did everything I could to learn. But most importantly, I researched myself.

I finally had the key to understanding why I had “lost” so many jobs. (I didn’t actually “lose” them; I know exactly where they went: to other people).

I finally had the key to understanding why my family relationships had been so difficult.

I finally knew why I’d messed up friendships, and why I couldn’t stand the volume in a movie theater while others didn’t seem to notice.

My ADHD is different than yours. And yours is different from others’.

The insights came fast and furious. It was a personal journey, tailor-made for me. My ADHD is different than yours. And yours is different from others’. And that’s the most important part of ADHD awareness: being aware of what your ADHD looks like.

It’s only by identifying which ADHD traits trip us up that we can begin to find solutions or work-arounds. What works for me, might not work for you.

But where do you begin in this journey of self-discovery?

Well, there’s no better time than ADHD Awareness Month!

So here’s the deal: I want to help.

I’m offering two free webinars, hosted by PsychCentral, in which we’ll discover how you can become more aware of what’s most critical to you. You’ll learn to identify the top ADHD bugaboos you need to battle, and how to slay your own personal ADHD dragon.

We’ll start with a session on the 7 key areas to look at, and I’ll give you some tips and strategies to try for a couple of weeks. Some will work, some won’t. And you’ll probably come up with, or enhance, some of your own.

Then we’ll regroup at a second webinar at the end of the month and share what we’ve learned. Together, we’ll send you on your way with enhanced ADHD awareness. Awareness that’s tailored to you so that you can go forward with a greater understanding, and greater skill at living – happily – with ADHD.

I hope you’ll join us!

To register for the first of two ADHD Awareness Month webinars, click here:  ADHD Awareness: The 7 Keys to Unlocking Your ADHD Potential

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October: ADHD Awareness Month

Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

Zoë Kessler is an award-winning author, journalist, and speaker specializing in women and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD / ADD).

A frequent contributor to ADDitude Magazine, Kessler has also created video, standup comedy, and guest blogs on ADHD and Marriage covering ADHD-related topics.

Zoë, an internationally recognized ADHD expert, has been interviewed on radio and featured in magazine articles, documentaries, and books on the topic of women and ADHD across North America.

Her newly-released memoir ADHD According to Zoë - The Real Deal on relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys (New Harbinger Publications, 2013) about life with ADHD is now available.


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APA Reference
Kessler, Z. (2016). October: ADHD Awareness Month. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 15, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-zoe/2015/10/october-is-adhd-awareness-month-2/

 

Last updated: 18 Jul 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Jul 2016
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