Are you an accomplished professional who struggles with ADHD?

Even the most committed students, or people in particularly grueling fields such as law or medicine, often find it difficult to succeed. If you have ADD or ADHD, your own brain can work against you and seriously limit your chances of success. 

 

Even as they achieve remarkable professional and academic success, some high-performing professionals battle ADD/ADHD. If this applies to you, you are probably more exhausted than you should be and may have a hard time maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Getting the help that you need can make your life more rewarding and more successful.

Book your free consultation today to learn more about treatment for adult ADHD. 

 

Four key points

  1. Adults with a high IQ can have ADHD (and may be better at hiding their ADHD)

  2. Adult  ADHD has concrete implications for your ability to manage time and succeed in relationships

  3. How ADHD impedes your ability to succeed at work

  4. Adult ADHD can be treated

 

 

 

Understanding adult ADHD can help you succeed

You can pursue a rewarding profession and enter any field of competence while having ADD or ADHD. But achieving substantial professional goals, maintaining the amount of focus necessary for success, and avoiding burnout is all more difficult if you have ADHD.

 

It is possible to be successful with ADHD.  The key to your success is acquiring the knowledge, abilities, and support necessary to recognize, understand,  and manage your ADHD.

 

Your behavior and interactions with others are impacted by ADHD. Your brain releases impulses that travel via neurotransmitters and then via nerves to different parts of your body to govern your behavior. The frontal lobe of the brain is responsible for controlling executive activities like planning, organizing, paying attention, and impulse control. Understanding how your brain works and recognizing how ADHD affects you are important steps in learning how to succeed with adult ADHD.

Intelligence and ADHD are unrelated

There is no connection between intelligence levels and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Like anyone else, even the most intelligent people can struggle with ADHD. 

 

A person with a high IQ  may adopt compensatory strategies that can delay the diagnosis of ADHD. In fact, having a high IQ may even help you disguise ADHD.

Your well-being can improve by addressing ADHD

You may have struggled with ADHD for years or even decades without understanding or realizing it. As a result, your daily functioning may be hampered, your career achievement may suffer, and there can be negative impacts on your relationships. Your success, mental well-being, and even physical health can all improve with treatment

What is adult ADHD and how does it present in your life?

ADHD is defined by an inability to focus and pay attention for the length of time required to function effectively in everyday life. Planning and time management are more challenging for adults with ADHD. 

 

Difficulties starting your assignments on time and staying on track to finish tasks on schedule can indicate adult ADHD.

 

It might be more difficult for you to establish routines, maintain organization, and control your impulses. 

 

Do you find yourself starting one assignment, getting sidetracked by another task, and then completely forgetting about the initial task? “Multi-tasking" can be quite challenging and draining even without ADHD. When you have difficulty with executive function, staying on target and on focus can be even more challenging. Difficulties in getting tasks done can sabotage your academic and professional success.

Academic success, ADHD, and managing personal challenges

We all have some chaos in our personal life. Managing that turbulence is difficult for everybody, but ADHD magnifies the struggle to stay focused when your personal life presents challenges. 

 

You might have been able to push through a challenging academic curriculum for a while in order to obtain a degree and possibly even academic recognition. Adults with ADHD — even high achievers — often find that life becomes more challenging when you have progressively more demanding academic requirements, career tasks to manage, or increasingly complex (or difficult!) personal relationships.

 

ADHD interferes with professional success

Your high academic achievements in school may have been attained through a combination of intelligence and a reasonable amount of effort. If you have ADHD, it's likely that you spent more time on your schoolwork than your classmates. As your professional workload grows and you have more deadlines to meet and less forgiving deadlines, are you having progressively more difficulty keeping up?

 

Your productivity will suffer if activities take you longer than they should or if you are easily sidetracked while working. The end consequence is somewhat of a domino effect: a backlog of work that is constantly building up that you are finding difficult to manage and that demands you to juggle ever more tasks.

 

When you find it difficult to finish things in the allotted time, you will unconsciously be discouraged from starting new projects. Coworkers and managers will notice if you don't finish projects on time or avoid taking on new responsibilities.

Diagnosis and treatment for adult ADHD

If you have ADHD, you may have developed specific adaptive behaviors to make up for the challenges the disorder causes. To a certain extent, being inventive and innovative can be really beneficial. It also has its limitations — if you are feeling the strain of your workload, treading water to maintain the status quo, or feeling that the same repetitive issues are preventing you from moving forward professionally, it is time to reach out for diagnosis and help.

 

Getting diagnosed with adult ADHD is the first step to building a therapeutic plan. The plan should meet your needs and circumstances. In treatment, I draw from psychoeducation, skills development,  psychological counseling, and medication.

Contact Dr. Dhrymes today.

References

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Milioni, A. L. V., Chaim, T. M., Cavallet, M., de Oliveira, N. M., Annes, M., Dos Santos, B., ... & Cunha, P. J. (2017). High IQ may “mask” the diagnosis of ADHD by compensating for deficits in executive functions in treatment-naïve adults with ADHD. Journal of attention disorders, 21(6), 455-464.


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