18 Oct Brilliant but Bored: Inside the Mind of ADHD
Everyone knows at least one person who is “all over the place” but in a good way – they are incredibly artistic, talented and intelligent, but they cannot be still. Their calendars are filled with impossible schedules as they scurry from one place to another, living it up as they splash their social media profiles with resplendent photos of their fabulous lives. Among them are your inspirers, entrepreneurs, coaches, musicians, celebrities, and educators. They spill their creative juices into their passions in culinary arts, humanitarian efforts and other careers that give them an outlet for their imagination. A lesser-known fact about them is their diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, otherwise known as ADHD. This is not to say that every creative person out there has it, but according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 9% of children and 4% of adults in the United States have ADHD, a disorder which predisposes extremely intelligent individuals to substance abuse due to boredom and their insatiable need to keep up with their lifestyle.
“Approximately 9% of children and 4% of adults in the United States have ADHD” – NIMH”
ADHD Gone Awry
Often diagnosed in early childhood, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder manifests itself in children who exhibit symptoms as described below by NIMH:
• Having a hard time sitting or standing still
• Having difficulty with concentration
• Not following through with completing tasks
• Constantly talking or interrupting other people’s conversations
• Inability to listen to instructions or follow directions
• Display of impatience and impulsive behavior
With appropriate care and attention from their parents, children who are diagnosed with ADHD can grow up to be well-adjusted, multitalented contributors to society. However, in the wrong environmental setting, this disorder could result in anxiety, depression, unmanageable anger, substance abuse, impulsive behavior, and mood swings. One’s quality of life can quickly be sucked into a vortex of addiction as financial hardship, relationship troubles, and frequent run-ins with law enforcement authorities become a normal part of one’s daily routine. Without proper treatment, those with ADHD will also experience poor performance on the job, frequent employment changes, and low success rates.
Making ADHD Work for You
The social stigma associated with ADHD presents an obstacle for many parents who allow their shame to stand in the way of an appropriate diagnosis for their children. Add alcoholism, domestic violence and emotional abuse to the mix, and you’ve got yourself an incubator waiting to hatch a maladjusted citizen with poor coping skills for life. It’s never too late, though, to turn your life around, because our society is replete with exemplary role models who have recovered from alcohol and drug abuse.
Dual diagnosis treatment centers like New Method Wellness have turned countless lives around, enabling individuals to discover their latent talents and use them for the
good. New Method Wellness integrates evidence-based clinical and holistic therapy methods to heal the whole person rather than just treating the symptoms of substance use disorders. Noted for the effectiveness of their addiction treatment programs, New Method Wellness has been featured on Dr. Phil and National Geographic among other notable media. If you or a loved one has ADHD but are struggling with substance abuse, you are way too talented to waste the rest of your life on drugs and alcohol. Contact New Method Wellness today and watch miracles unfold beyond your wildest dreams!
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