How I can help.
I work in a therapeutic and holistic way to help you find better ways of managing ADHD symptoms and the associated problems you face on a day to day basis.
If you have recently been diagnosed or susspect a diagnosis of ADHD having a space to discuss how you feel can be really useful.
A diagnosis can leave you with all sorts of questions as well as thoughts and feelings about what this means about your past as well as what it might mean for your future, your relationships.
Maybe you have not had a diagnosis but find yourself struggling with a lot of issues associated with ADHD and would like to learn more.
It is not uncommon with ADHD to feel you are also struggling in other areas of your life with issues like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, poor self-esteem, difficulty holding down a job or relationship issues, these are all areas we can work on together.
Whilst medication can be a valuable tool for dealing with the core symptoms of ADHD there are lots of other ways you can help manage those problematic feelings and behaviours associated with this diagnosis.
As each of us are unique, so too is the key to understanding what will work best for you. In our sessions I will work with you to help discover what combination of tools best alleviates your symptoms and makes life feel that little bit easier. This is usually achieved through a combination of talking therapy and life style changes, coaching and perhaps looking at diet, nutrition, exercise and relaxation techniques.
Get in contact with me to discover more about how I can help you with your journey to a better understanding of you.
What is ADHD
If you are unsure of what ADHD is and what the symptoms may feel like check out the list below. This is not an extensive list just a few examples for more information contact me or google "ADHD in adults".
Some people will have more of the inattentive behaviours whilst other the more hyperactive or you may have a combination of both.
- Often find it hard to pay attention
- Mood swings that come and go which may feel similar to anxiety or depressive episodes and or a quick temper
- Feelings of inadequacy and frustration
- A feeling of not being consistent with your thoughts, feelings or behaviour
- Often find it hard to listen as you drift off with your own thoughts or all of a sudden everyone else’s conversation in the room is all you can hear
- Become easily distracted from everyday tasks, work, making a shopping list, putting laundry away etc.
- You make careless mistakes and have difficulty with the detail of tasks even when you are making a conscious effort to focus
- Often has difficulty focusing following instructions, work, following directions, a recipe etc.
- Often disorganised, organising day to day tasks feels insurmountable, work projects, running late, housework, weekly shop, social calendar, family, children, getting dressed
- Frequently losing important items, keys, wallet/purse, phone, glasses
- Often forgets things, meetings, social events, birthdays, anniversaries, to reply to an email or text, apply for jobs, send tax return etc.
- Frequently avoids doing or committing to things that require an ongoing mental effort.
- Feelings of impatience with self and others
- Quick unexplainable mood swings
- Feeling inconsistent with your feelings and behaviour
- Feeling very energised, taking on lots of tasks and believing them to be achievable
- Finds it hard to sit down and remain seated, a real urge to get up and be busy doing, difficulty sitting for periods of time in a restaurant, meeting, cinema,
- Trouble turning your brain off at night from constant chatter
- Find yourself talking too much and don’t always notice when others have lost interest in what you are saying
- Often interrupts to talk impulsively over others, feel it difficult to wait your turn in a conversation
- Finding yourself intently focused (hyper focused) on a task even when you know you have to stop/leave to do something else
- Often fidget with hands, or objects, have a tendency to bite your nails, lip or inside of your mouth
Other lesser publisised issues may include
- Eating disorders / disorded eating particularly binge eating
- Premenstrual mood shifts that are difficult to cope with
- Addictions, the all or nothing tendency lends itself to addictive behaviours
The ADHD Team
Unfortunately NHS provision of care for ADHD is often not adequate in many areas of the country. This leads lots of people to try and find their way through a daunting and complicated system often when they are in a vulnerable place with their mental health.
This has led me to team up with some wonderful therapists and psychiatrists all of whom have extensive knowledge about ADHD and would be happy to help you navigate your assessment and treatment path with you.
For more information get in contact with me.