My Thoughts on ADHD Awareness

I am often asked why I became and coach and a coach trainer. The follow-up question typically focuses on my choice to blaze a new trail and coach young people with ADHD.  With ADHD Awareness Week upon us, I thought this was a good time to share a bit more about what drives me to coach, to train and to make a difference for young people with ADHD. In high school, I dealt with more than my share of “teen angst”, using school work, part-time jobs and extracurricular school activities to stay connected to others and strive for excellence. Being “crazy busy” kept me preoccupied, but was not exactly great work/life balance! Emily Dickinson’s poetry resonated with me during times of loneliness or self-doubt and I found that by reaching out to help others, I helped myself. I don’t have ADHD or learning disabilities. Back in the ‘70’s, “those kids” were not mainstreamed in the schools. I learned about ADHD, and more, in college while working as a volunteer with special needs children and adult. That is a sad statement of the times – ADHD, a hidden disability, was “lumped” with other disabilities  and labeled “minimal brain dysfunction” That term still turns my stomach as do the myths, misconceptions, stereotypes and negativity tossed at young people, and adults, each day.  ADHD is a real problem and it is up to us to support those who need help to be confident, healthy, happy and successful.  Coaching is my way of doing that and by training others; I continue to work toward my goal of providing coaches for young people with ADHD worldwide. ADHD Awareness Week is an opportunity for ALL of us to share information, dispel myths and support those who struggle with ADHD, learning disabilities and executive dysfunction.  Step up, speak out, share your story with others and take time to help others.  As Emily Dickinson wrote: If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.   Wishing you all the best, Jodi