Tom was struggling with symptoms of ADHD until everything changed.Aug 26, 2021
Tom was struggling with symptoms of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD until everything changed.
Tom, an entrepreneur, was struggling with his business. He was always distracted and frustrated; he felt like a failure every day.
A typical day with ADHD
"It was a typical day for Tom, he had started to feel exhausted and frustrated as his mind became scattered. He wanted more than anything to be able to focus on one task at a time without feeling overwhelmed. As he struggled with symptoms of ADHD, Tom found himself feeling like less of a person."
Tom's day got worse
His wife left him because she didn't feel liked or appreciated anymore. Life was feeling out of control for him, and his sense of self was not good.
Getting a diagnosis of ADHD
In his early 20’s, Tom was diagnosed by a psychiatrist with adult Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD in Melbourne, which made a lot of sense because he remembers always feeling different to others.
Assessment approaches for ADHD
Their are a variety ADHD diagnostic assessment tools a psychiatrist may use, which could focus on assessing attention span, working memory capacity, and cognitive flexibility.
Current challenges in Melbourne finding ADHD specialist
Trying to find a specialist in Melbourne or anywhere in Australia who is diagnosing ADHD in adults is near impossible or a long waitlist currently in 2021. You can access our ADHD Diagnosis Checklist here to get all the information you need to find a psychiatrist who can diagnosis ADHD.
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The impact of ADHD in adults
Tom and his wife had agreed that something had to change because their relationship was suffering, along with their mental health and if Tom wanted it to ever work, he would need to make big changes.
Tom’s struggles with ADHD. However, they didn't know how to go about solving the issue when they couldn't even figure out what it stemmed from. Tom remembered reading about ADHD Ambition in a magazine.
Getting help for an adult diagnosed with ADHD
Tom reached out to the team from ADHD Ambition: Master your habits and mindset for success, which is an online course for people wanting to get control of their ADHD symptoms and learn to embrace their strengths.
Tom has all the common signs of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD in adults:
Often misses close attention to details
Makes careless mistakes
Fails to listen when spoken to
Poor follow-up or finishing
Avoidance of difficult tasks
forgetful in daily activities
He did also have many creative strengths as do many people with ADHD:
Even though his strengths helped him be successful in business, Tom would get exhausted from the symptoms of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD.
ADHD Ambition: Master the habits and mindset you need for success
Tom started the ADHD Ambition course.
If you're trying to learn new skills, I recommend the ADHD Ambition course. It's a step-by-step program that motivates you through short videos. worksheets and heaps of resources.
Lived experience of ADHD
The course was developed by leaders in mental health, developers with lived experience of ADHD and educators on various areas topics such as time management, building blocks of sustained growth through powerful habits, values-based goal setting, focus training, stress reduction techniques and more.
The course also includes tasks designed to help participants put into practice what they are learning to create lasting behavioural changes or goals.
New outlook on life
Outside of what he learnt from the course he started by taking small steps to improve his focus; drinking more water, meditating for just 10 minutes each day, using apps like Lift or Headspace to keep calm and focused throughout the day.
Changing his habits
He would make lists of what needed to be done so the tasks were not forgotten during his day. It wasn’t easy at first but once he started seeing results- both in personal life as well as his business - he continued.
Tom believes if it was not for ADHD Ambition, his marriage might have failed and he most likely would have lost his business.
Tom was able to make massive changes in just six months…. What could you change in that amount of time?
Grateful for the ADHD Ambition community
Tom's story is one of the many reasons why I'm so grateful to be part of this ADHD Ambition community. It has been a life-changing experience for me, and it can also be life-changing for you!
Things can get better
If you are struggling with your symptoms or want to improve your relationships, business, mental health or all three - then please get in touch today. We have helped many people with ADHD just like yourself achieve their goals by incorporating proven evidence based strategies that work with ADHD brains. You deserve success too and we'll help make that happen if you reach out now!
Author - Bio - Shannon Bowman
Shannon has a clinical interest in treating trauma, PTSD and ADHD. He has a lived experience of ADHD and is passionate advocate for those affected by it.
He is accredited as an Mental Health Social Worker AMHSW, psychotherapist and registered EMDR practitioner. Associations below.
Australian Association of Social Workers
EMDR Association of Australia .
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