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ADHD

Having an ADHD brain as a mom brings on a completely unique and additional layer of challenges that those without ADHD may not understand.

 

Whether you are diagnosed later in life or at an early age, when you become a mom you are suddenly tasked with helping someone else learn how to do things that don’t come easily to yourself, and that also require an immense amount of energy and mental stamina.

Things like making school lunches or dinners, keeping up with the laundry, and communicating with your partner can have thoughts spiraling in your head like ‘what’s wrong with me’, ‘why can’t I do this’ or ‘why is this so hard”.

Feelings of shame, self-doubt, anxiety, dread, and even resentment can be common. Making a decision is difficult, sticking with one seems impossible. 

Understanding the way your brain works, recognizing your challenges, and identifying your support, strengths, and resources are keys to unlocking joy and thriving as a mom.  Your brain works differently and sometimes it’s hard to reconcile that what you once thought was part of your personality, is actually a part of you that can't change.  

I believe that education is the foundation to understanding yourself, your behaviors, and your thoughts.  We will do a lot of learning...along with building skills, understanding how to set attainable goals, and work on self-compassion, challenging thoughts…and so much more.

So few people understand ADHD in females or know the overlooked matters that cause distress: the internal restlessness, wanting to send a text or email but having to read and re-read it multiple times, transitioning between tasks, hyperfocusing/fixating on something (which in some cases can be looked at in a positive way), making up a problem just to have something to solve, binge eating, (insert your own struggles).

 

I'm here to tell you that ADHD does not define your worth as a human being or as a parent. You are not alone. Let's rewrite the narrative of ADHD in motherhood.

*Also offering support sessions for parents of ADHD children.

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