Being diagnosed with adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) comes along with a wave of big feelings. Frustration that others didn’t notice. Shame that you didn’t know. Worry that you won’t meet expectations. Relief that there is a reason you struggle getting things done.
Before your ADHD diagnosis, you were likely on a self-improvement quest for some time. Trying to learn more about ways to add structure into your life, manage anxiety, and do a better job sticking up for yourself.
So it’s natural that your go-to way of understanding a new diagnosis would be another self-help book. Well, you’re in luck! The ADHD world is filled with tons of amazing books. However, the tips and tricks for adult ADHD work best if you take time to process not only the emotional impact of an adult ADHD diagnosis but the emotional impact of adult ADHD.
Three reasons to start ADHD therapy in Columbus, OH (before you buy another self-help book):
1. ADHD therapy helps with processing emotions.
While adults with ADHD don’t have different emotions than everyone else, they do tend to experience emotions like shame, anxiety, and anger more frequently and more intensely. Why? Well, the part of the brain that regulates emotions is the same part of the brain that ADHD impacts. Often, this creates a tornado inside, impacting your ability to correctly identify and monitor how you’re feeling in the first place. However, therapy that focuses on your emotions can increase your ability to name, express, and cope with strong emotions (particularly the ones commonly involved with adult ADHD).
2. ADHD therapy helps you learn your unique executive-functioning profile.
The ADHD brain is impacted by issues with executive functioning (or the “brain’s CEO”). Located in the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s CEO is literally responsible for thinking. It is the air traffic control center.
The signs on the freeway. It oversees many brain functions including:
Your brain’s ability to communicate to the more primal parts of the brain and emotional core. Without emotional regulation intact, it’s easy to be reactive without pause.
Your ADHD brain’s ability to attend to something in the moment and block out stimulation from its own thoughts and from the outside world.
Your brain’s ability to imprint what it just heard, saw or learned so that it’s available when you need it. (This is why you struggle with finding your phone; the brain didn’t take a picture of where it was left).
Your brain’s ability to weigh the pros and cons without the feeling of being overwhelmed
Planning and organizing
Your brain’s ability to know what to prioritize and when, and the best place to put things so that you can find them later.
Everyone’s executive functioning profile has its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. You might not even be aware of what is really a weakness and what is really a superpower. ADHD therapy can help you learn your own executive-functioning profile, better support areas in need of improvement, and turn strengths into superpowers.
3. ADHD therapy is holistic.
There are a lot of factors that go into ADHD. Biological, emotional, and environmental. In addition to focusing on tips and tricks for improved organization and concentration, ADHD therapy also focuses on factors such as self-esteem, relationships, and lifestyle. Therapy that focuses uniquely on you and all the factors impacting ADHD is what makes ADHD therapy most effective.
Begin ADHD Therapy in Columbus, OH
At Focused Mind ADHD Counseling, we would be honored to work with you in managing ADHD. If you’re looking for more personalized ADHD therapy in Columbus, Ohio, we can help. Our trained ADHD specialists would be honored to support you. To start your therapy journey, follow these simple steps:
- Fill out the contact form to schedule a consult
- Meet with a caring therapist
- Start ADHD therapy and tame your busy mind!
Other Services Offered At Focused Mind ADHD Counseling
Because ADHD impacts people in different ways, Focused Mind ADHD Counseling offers a variety of services, including adult ADHD therapy, counseling for men with ADHD, depression counseling for ADHD, and anxiety treatment for ADHD. If you have any questions regarding testing or ADHD treatment, schedule a consultation with one of our trusted therapists.