2 thoughts on “7 Keys to ADHD Awareness

  • November 27, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Zoe, I’ve come late to your webinar but wanted to thank you so much for bringing me up a gear in my mood. I was diagnosed with Adult ADHD two months ago (aged 52) and have been devouring literature like’s it been going out of fashion: Melissa Orlov, Ned Hallowell, Terry Matlen, Russell Barkley – and, of course, you and your brilliant read, ‘According to Zoe’. You made me feel so ‘normal’!

    On Tuesday, my methylphenidate dosage was upped to 108mg, the highest dose prescribable (here in the UK, at least). And I’ve suddenly gone into panic-mode that medication isn’t going to work for me – so after years of thinking/knowing I had ADHD, then months waiting for a referral, I’m suddenly into unknown territory. It never occurred to me that meds wouldn’t work, and I’d be locked out in the dark, facing the loneliness, helplessness, shame and bewilderment that bedevils so many of us. (I’m working with my prescribing nurse to look at alternatives, but methylphenidate is the drug of choice here.)

    ‘My’ copy of ‘According to Zoe’ was due back at the library yesterday – I’ve renewed it three times now since taking it out in September! – and I couldn’t bear to part with it before having one last re-read. And it was while reading the inside blurb on the train home that I noticed the reference to your blog on psychcentral – and that is how I came to find this webinar.

    I’m emotionally labile at the best of times, but this past year has become far worse – and this morning I was in a very dark place. But sticking on your webinar, and hearing a funny, warm and witty woman – you! – talking knowledgeably, passionately and empathetically about ADHD behaviours and how they impact on us, in all areas of our differently wired worlds, has been a life saver for me. Your energy, positivity and humour – oh, and your self-disparaging honesty – have helped remind me of why AHDH can be a real bonus in our lives, and why people are so drawn to us, too. Thank you. I’ve printed out the homework sheets and shall tackle the 7 key areas. Well, a couple of them, at least. (Oh, okay – one. For now.) And I know what it needs to be. Sod romantic relationships, sod the workplace, sod all those areas I’ve been working so hard at these past several weeks: I’ll do ‘Exercise 21: What do you need for you?’. Because without being true to my authentic self, and doing what I’ve always wanted to do, the rest of it is all window dressing.

    Thank you for inspiring me! 🙂

  • November 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Zoe.
    Very interested in the Adult ADHD / Asthmatic link. In 2011 at the age of 41 my diverse and energised Contracting working Career to an abrupt halt when employed as an NHS Buyer the most simple task I would be engaged in become complex and overcomplicated. In short after years of physical and now mental health refers it appears the child learning behaviour problems I had overcome were the same destructive problems all over again. Diagnosed with asthma age 11 it appears that the control steroids used all my life had masked and controlled these symptoms. Additionally the blips of ups and downs in my productiveness through my life can be linked to the changes in my controlled steroid medication. Once returned to the reliable steroid I would return to my fighting energised / focused / unstoppable self. The Uk have experienced a controlled wind down if the reliance of steroid inhalers for asthma as a cost cutting measure and volumes in dose have been reduced and changed to powdered versions from the once cfc inhalers. I found an old inhalers and was immediately returned to my old self. Although I cannot find a replacement I am still looking. But found ur link. I find the reverse is the truth. We were all adhd and got on with life abd been taking asthma medication but now its not unavailable we have suddenly had to comprehend living with the symptoms impacting on our lives today. Give me a shout interested in what people have to say.. Regards, Bren


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