• Liliana Turecki

Why Normalizing ADHD Now Will Change the Future

If you’re worried about your ADHD future, here’s something important to remember: the problem has NEVER been with you or your ADHD, but the system that you are surrounded with.


When you don’t get to the root of your ADHD or fail to accept it as a condition you have to live with, things take a turn for the worse.


On the other hand, however, the moment you begin to understand the “whys” of every symptom that unfolds, learn to normalize your ADHD and construct the strategies to manage it – the sky is the limit!


What’s In An ADHD Brain + Why Normalizing Your ADHD Matters


Reaching the roots of your ADHD is critical to help you cope with it better. ADHD affects your:


· Brain structure

· Brain function

· Brain development


These points directly relate to brain size, brain networks, and neurotransmitters. In comparison to a neurotypical brain, several areas of an ADHD brain either show different activity levels or mature at a slower pace. The overall effect that ADHD has on brain functioning includes abnormal motivational, cognitive, and behavioral functioning. These brain mechanisms often explain your negative ADHD symptoms.


But what you might often fail to recognize are the many positives that ADHD carries including higher creativity, ability to take risks, hyperfocus, and out-of-the-box thinking.


When you begin to normalize your ADHD, you naturally tend to oscillate toward the bright side of it instead of unknowingly sinking into the dark side of it.

How You Can Accept Your ADHD


Take the following steps to normalize your ADHD (it’s easier than you think!) so you and the people around you can create an environment for you to keep growing:


· Talk about your ADHD: Talking about your condition – on your social media or in support groups or during the ADHD awareness month, for instance – is the best way to accept and live with it.

· Educate people around you: Talk about your ADHD with your parents, partner, children, or friends. Giving them a perspective into your life can help them normalize your condition alongside understanding you better.

· Take pride in your gifts: Be proud of your ADHD gifts and put them to use every chance you get!

· Seek professional support: Having a partner in growth can make all the difference when it comes to succeeding personally and professionally with ADHD. This is where ADHD coaching can help!


Feeling confident about your ADHD future already? You’re on the right track. Each time your ADHD gets overwhelming, remember: you are not your symptoms. You’ve done great so far and you’ll do great in the future!


Sources:

1. https://academic.oup.com/acn/article/26/7/602/4071

2. https://www.additudemag.com/current-research-on-adhd-breakdown-of-the-adhd-brain/

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