Client: I was one of those kids saved by Ritalin. I went off it at 15 . Now 37 I have very little concentration and focus in the work environment...
...and wondering if it would be beneficial going back on to it, or if you have some other advice. I work for myself as an agent for a large company and lack a structured day which does not seem to help either.
This is a very important question that seldom gets answered. Here's my reply.
The short answer is yes! You will benefit from Ritalin as an adult, just as you did as a child.
But - there's always a but isn't there? But, the reason you are still struggling is that while you were able to concentrate and focus as a child, you didn't learn a whole range of basic life skills. Like, what parameters to use for decision making, how to plan, how not to experience life in terms of yourself, learning to listen, getting information out of your brain etc.
There are probably co-occurring conditions and impairments that need to be dealt with as well. Do you struggle to read, wrestle with maths and figures, drown in procrastination, battle with relationships, have anxiety and depression, strive to keep your self esteem from plumbing new depths? These are just few of the impairments.
These things have to be dealt with in order to manage ADHD effectively. Medication makes the learning and implementation possible and easier - but it won't - and can't fix those problems.
This is where you need coaching. That's what you learn in ADHD coaching, which is completely different to life coaching. Living ADDventure® ADHD coaching uses your current problems and issues to teach you those skills. In other words, the theory is adapted and implemented immediately.
Therapy is not going to help much either; it doesn't teach you those skills. Therapy is beneficial only when you are managing your life effectively, i.e. living a contented and productive life most of the time.
Working for yourself is difficult enough for non-ADHD people; it's very difficult for ADDers. There are a whole range of issues specific to ADHD that need to be dealt with by small business owners, freelancers, and independent agents. We have developed some excellent tools to overcome these.
There are other issues that may need to be dealt with as well. For instance, many ADDers have sensory issues. These can be major aggravating factors for an ADDer.
The end of the long answer is yes - medication will help, but will be massively beneficial when it is used as an element in a multi-disciplinary program. ADDers need to be able to reach our potential without the "distractions" of ADHD impairments that can be overcome.
Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms
Here are some of the common ADHD acronyms and what they mean
ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - new name for ADD
ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder
CD - Conduct Disorder
OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression
SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder
ACT - Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®