Managing Adult ADHD: A Seven Step Approach

ADHD Attention Centered Coaching

A person with an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) type brain can’t be “cured,” but they can learn to recognize and overcome its symptoms. Some children diagnosed with ADHD learn to cope with symptoms and live life effectively, but many continue to have problems with their behavior into adulthood that can impact every facet of their personal and professional lives.

The usual remedy for those diagnosed with ADHD/ADD is medication, but many patients are seeking alternatives to drugs. Managing adult ADHD requires an understanding of the relationship between motivation (interest) and activation (doing). Medications target activation, but fail to include motivation, a key component lacking in the ADHD brain type. Working with an expert adult ADD consultant targets interest, self-awareness, and true motivation, without the use of drugs.

Seven Steps in the Process of Attention-Centered Coaching

Attention-centered coaching helps you learn to focus on what you’re paying attention to, in order to take control of your experiences. There are seven steps in the process of attention-centered coaching, and each client receives an exploration of topics unique to them.

Step 1: Learning the fundamentals of attention-centered coaching. The process begins with an overview of the professional coach and client relationship; an overview of your life circumstances, and an exploration into your ADHD experience. Clients create an overview of where they are now in relationship to their ADHD symptoms and a vision of where they want to be in their future of living with adult ADD.

Step 2: Focusing on You. This step includes more closely examining your current relationship with ADD/ADHD and how you’d like to see it change. Clients learn self-acceptance and create their own definitions of success in order to define specific goals they’d like to achieve.

Step 3: Getting from here to there. Clients start by identifying and learning to recognize their strengths, talents, and values along with any unwanted results, patterns and habits. Time tested tools and techniques are used and new ones are formed through the collaborative process. Clients begin using their strengths, tools and techniques in real-life circumstances and begin to produce real results in their lives.

Step 4: Organizing in small steps. Clients learn how to create new habits and use techniques that curb procrastination, disorganization and improve time management.

Step 5: Learning to balance work, home, and life. Relationships with other people, circumstances, and events are the focus of this step. Clients learn to use the power of choice to form their own culture of attention.

Step 6: Attention and self-management. Clients focus on the importance of recognizing priorities and discovering their life’s purpose and inner journey.

Step 7: Combining and applying the attention-centered coaching principles. Coach and client complete assessments and reviews to help determine what’s working, what still needs work and what new goals are possible from here.