Why are the top organizations and leaders in the field of ADHD/ADD now recommending coaching as an effective and important part of treatment?
Because it works. And don’t just take my word for it.
Widely respected organizations and individuals such as the National Institute of Mental Health, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), Russell Barkley (ADHD: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment), Edward Hallowell (Driven to Distraction), and the Edge Foundation, have endorsed Coaching as a vital missing link for achieving success.
Drs. Barkley and Hallowell both agree that with effective treatment, including therapy, and notably, coaching, individuals with ADHD/ADD can achieve their potential.
If you’ve been hearing about ADD Coaching, and you’re considering trying it out, here’s what I consider to be the Top 3 Reasons why it’s so empowering:
1. Focus. It helps you stay focused and on task with setting and achieving goals through continual positive encouragement and support. This leads to feeling more in control, having more confidence, being more accountable, and achieving more success in managing many aspects of life.
First, in their book, “Driven to Distraction” (Pantheon Books, New York, 1994), Hallowell and Ratey say: “We particularly like the idea of a coach. …It may be a friend or a colleague, anyone who knows something about ADD and is willing to put in the time–ten or fifteen minutes a day–to coach. …The person with ADD will greatly benefit from having a ‘coach,’ someone standing on the sidelines with a whistle around his neck calling out encouragement, instructions, and reminders, and in general helping to keep things going on task. People with ADD thrive with this sort of structured encouragement, and they feel lost without it… Mainly, the coach keeps the player focused on the task at hand and offers encouragement along the way.”
2. Strengths and gifts. Helps you uncover and develop your strengths so you can cultivate your creative gifts. This leads to feeling a deeper connection with the positive aspects of your ADD.
“In the midst of all the chaos swirling through your brain, all the disorganization and impulsiveness, the condition (ADHD) also seems to trigger a certain kind of creativity.” – David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue
Other brilliant, creative minds who are believed to have, or have had, ADD, to name a few: Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Thomas Edison, Einstein, Ben Franklin, Mozart, Van Gogh, Picasso, Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Frank Lloyd Wright.
3. Better understanding of ADD. Helps you understand the latest research in ADD and develop strategies to take action and better manage common ADD challenges. This leads to feeling more informed (knowledge is power), and feeling like you have tools you can use to start creating the future you want.
The major ADD challenge areas that most coaches work on are:
- goal setting
- confidence building
- persisting at tasks
This is an exciting time in ADHD/ADD research. The expansion of knowledge in genetics, brain imaging, and behavioral research is leading to a better understanding of causes and how to develop more effective treatments. A qualified coach who is knowledgeable about ADD is an invaluable resource to support your success.
What’s more important than your success with ADD and your overall well-being? Taking the first step in reaching out to hire a coach is the hardest part. What’s keeping you from doing it? Coaching has been helping thousands of people, so call one today and find out if coaching can help you too.
I hope this article helped you to see the benefits of ADD Coaching, and inspired you to contact a coach and discover for yourself, the power of ADD Coaching.
Valerie Davis-Rucker is a Certified Life, Executive and ADD Coach with Here2there Coaching. To learn more about Valerie, visit her website at www.here2therecoaching.com, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.