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Navigating ADHD
with Natalia van Rikxoort, MSW, ACC

For ADHD Adults

Guest Blog Post: Resisting the Irresistible- How to Use Technology Responsibly

A big thank you to coach Laura Rossillo, AAC for this piece.

In his book, "Irresistable", Adam Atler states, "For ninety minutes, Jobs explained why the iPad was the best way to look at photos, listen to music, take classes on iTunes U, browse Facebook, play games, and navigate thousands of apps. He believed everyone should own an iPad. But he refused to let his kids use the device. Compared to the clunky technology of the 1990s and early 2000s, modern tech is efficient and addictive. These new addictions don't involve the ingestion of a substance. They don't directly introduce chemicals into your system, but they produce the same effects because they're compelling and well designed."So how do we manage ourselves and our kids on these irresistible devices?



For ADHD Adults

Guest Blog Post: My Impulsivity Gets Me in Trouble

A big thank you to coach Cary Colleran for this piece.
I have this alter ego that really gets me in trouble. She is impulsive, loud, and she has a really foul mouth. She isn’t mean, in fact, she means well. She thinks she is funny, and sometimes she is… until she isn’t. That’s where things get fuzzy because that line of when she is funny and when she goes too far gets pretty blurry in the moment. 


For ADHD Adults

Feeling Mentally Blah? 10 Ways to Give Yourself a Boost

The ADHD brain tends to be chronically understimulated due to low levels of neurotransmitters critical for task initiation and focus, specifically dopamine and norepinephrine. A lack of external stimulation or interest can cause ADHD-related symptoms to spike whereas an increase in stimulation actually has the opposite effect. That’s why you might notice you have an easier time focusing when the task at hand is fun or interesting. Here are 10 ways to give yourself a mental pick-me-up when you’re feeling “meh”.



For ADHD Adults

How to be a People Person When You Have ADHD

Though not often thought of as an ADHD-related challenge, many ADHDers struggle socially. Difficulty maintaining focus can make participating in a conversation feel impossible while impulsivity may cause you to make cringe-worthy comments. Over time, relationships may suffer and feelings of social awkwardness and embarrassment may eventually cause the person with ADHD to withdraw and avoid social situations altogether.



For Parents and Caregivers

Language, Self-Awareness, and Coping Skills: The Building Blocks of Emotional Regulation

Many children and teens with ADHD struggle with emotional regulation, or the ability to recognize and control emotions and associated behaviors. When emotions run high, it tends to have a “flooding” effect on the brain, crowding out all other information, and resulting in angry outbursts, meltdowns, or withdrawal. The ability to regulate our emotions isn’t something we’re born knowing how to do but rather a set of skills that must be learned. Here are some tips on how to help your child develop the necessary skills to manage big emotions.



For ADHD Adults

How to Overcome Your Need for Perfection

ADHD and perfectionism tend to go hand in hand. But why? Often the need to be perfect is driven by a deeper desire to avoid judgment and criticism. Additionally, many people with ADHD convince themselves that they must be in just the right mood to begin a task or that if it can’t be done perfectly, there’s no point in even trying.



For ADHD Adults

Dear Coach: Should I Tell My Coworkers I Have ADHD?

Dear Coach,

I work in a very supportive office environment and have a great relationship with my boss and co-workers. However, my ADHD does make work difficult and I often miss deadlines or drop the ball on important projects which makes me feel like I’m letting the people I work with down. Should I tell them I have ADHD?

The decision to disclose your ADHD diagnosis at work is a personal one but should not be entered into lightly. While it might be tempting to spill the fact that you have ADHD to your coworkers, thus providing a reason for your missteps, doing so may also have unintended consequences.



For Parents and Caregivers

Dear Coach: Nothing Seems to Motivate Our Teen ADHD Son

Dear Coach,

I’m the mom of a teenage son with ADHD. Homework and chores are a daily struggle and we’ve tried EVERYTHING to try to motivate him but nothing seems to work. Help!

The relationship between ADHD and motivation is a complex one. While we neurotypicals can often just will ourselves into action, for those with ADHD it’s just not that simple. Before you declare your son to be an immovable force, here are some important points to consider...



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Back to School: 5 Tips for Adult ADHD Students

Whether you are a first-time college student or returning to school after years in the workforce, going back to school as an adult can be an exciting, but daunting, prospect. Many ADHDers have anything but fond memories of the classroom but there's no need for the college experience to be a negative one. Here are 5 tips to help put you on the road to success...