5 thoughts on “The Return of ADHD From A to Zoë

  • March 11, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Welcome back Zoe, good to see you blogging again. We need more people with ADHD commenting about ADHD.

    I haven’t seen any studies on it, but in my experience, we ADDers have higher rates of burnout than non ADDers for a wide variety of reasons. And arguably we often have higher rates of stress in general.

    If someone did a study on higher than average cortisol rates, I’d argue you’d find more ADHD adults in the higher end vs the average.

    It’s anecdotal, but I’ve found that more than a few of my Adult ADHD coaching clients have gotten diagnosed for ADHD after they’ve burnt out.

    • March 12, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Hi Pete. Thanks so much for your warm welcome. It feels good to be back! The ideas have been damming up for some time now and keep coming, so I look forward to unleashing them on the world. Well, here anyway.

      And your observations, I believe, are well-taken. Also based on anecdotal evidence, I think you’re onto something. I also believe the research about the incidence of emotional lability in many of us with ADHD would lend some credence to your hypotheses.

      • March 12, 2020 at 6:18 pm

        You’re welcome Zoe,

        I know how you feel. I’ve been spending 2 years updating my 17-year-old main https://addcoach4u.com website to WordPress. Dreamweaver and HTML and non-mobile friendly was fine a long time ago, not so much today.

        Quite the nightmare of a project, copying each page to a text editor, changing every link and navigation structure, updating the inevitable linkrot, doing 301 redirects, fixing all the errors etc.

        So haven’t been blogging much lately because that was such a nightmare.

        But it’s finally done!

        So I will be doing some unleashing too. Been meaning to do a post on ADHD and stress and burnout for a long time, it is a huge problem for many of us ADDers I think.

        For so many reasons. The emotional lability, the ROI of procrastination, trouble saying no, trouble with boundaries, yes is more interesting, easily distracted, trouble managing time, trouble planning, trouble with people pleasing etc.

        Enjoy the liberation of unleashing.

  • June 1, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Hi Zoe, I’ve just discovered your blog (and you!). I’m a young man, 26, living in London, and diagnosed with ADHD last year, so been struggling to figure it out since then.

    I like your post, especially your upbeat tone and the way you seem to be taking it in your stride. I’m glad you’re at that place where you can do that – it’s a sign of good emotional health, which unfortunately is something that we with ADHD can struggle with a lot it seems.

    I’m looking forward to picking up your book. I started going to an ADHD support group after my diagnosis and found it incredibly therapeutic being able to speak to people who’ve struggled in the same way as me throughout their whole lives. I hope your book will be a similar experience 🙂

    P.s. just on the emotional front, I’m wondering if you’ve read Gabor Maté’s book – ‘Scattered Minds’? He talks about the emotional underpinnings of ADHD arising from childhood. I found it fascinating. Would be interesting to hear your thoughts!


  • June 1, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Ps I’ve LITERALLY just found your article mentioning Gabor Mate and hypersensitivity on ADDitude.

    HSP is something I’ve never looked into before, but just having done the quiz in Elaine Aaron’s book, it definitely seems to fit me… Amazing that this is a whole other area of myself that I’ve literally just discovered today. This whole self-discovery journey is full of twists and turns eh….

    Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to reading your book and looking out for your blog posts in the future 🙂


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