Being an Adult With ADHD Can Be a Problem & an Opportunity: 4 Steps to Start Healing by Brian King

Being an Adult With ADHD Can Be a Problem & an Opportunity: 4 Steps to Start Healing

So many adults with ADHD live with poor self-esteem and a trunk full of painful memories that impact their ability to enjoy life. Words like "bullying," "embarrassing," "lonely" and more are used to describe their experience of childhood. It was the same for me. 

The good news is the past doesn’t have to equal the future. You can heal the past hurts to make room for happiness in the present. It takes work but you owe it to yourself and to your kids to be the best you. Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Write a letter to your younger self explaining how important it is to hang in there because of the things they'll get to experience in the future.
  • Give yourself permission to grieve your less-than-perfect childhood.
  • Forgive the adults who didn't know what they didn't know.
  • Remind yourself daily that you're worthy of love and respect. 

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Ann Marie Patitucci
Thanks for sharing this great advice with us, Brian. Welcome to our community of writers!
Brian King
Thank you Ann Marie :-)
Donna John
I know a couple adults who have ADHD. Great advice that I will share with them. So happy to have you as part of the tribe, Brian King !
Brian King
I really appreciate that Donna :-)
Elisa Schmitz
“Forgive the adults who didn't know what they didn't know.” This is absolutely golden, Brian. Thank you so much for sharing these insights. So many adults, with and without ADHD, will relate to this. Welcome to our community. We are thrilled to have you and I can’t wait to learn and grow with you!
Brian King
That is so kind Elisa, thank you :-)
Oh how I love this tip! ADHD (in children and adults) is still very misunderstood! Thank you so much Brian for sharing!
Brian King
So glad you liked it Renee :-)
Kathy Ast
These are fantastic tips for anyone struggling. I appreciate you, Brian!
Brian King
You're the best Kathy :-)
Kandice Cole
Much needed! Thank you!
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