ADHD adults often have behavior problems, like not completing tasks, showing up late for events, interrupting others during conversation, compulsive unhealthy eating, and the like. These unmanaged symptoms of ADHD can disrupt daily lives. Also, they negatively impact the present and future. Some ADHD adults might try various strategies to help overcome these issues. However, they frustratingly go back to their old ways after a few attempts. Others might feel successful for a while and then eventually revert to their unhealthy habits.
This inability to sustain change causes ADHD adults to question their ability to grow and be successful. They may wonder if there is still a chance for them to have a better life. However, knowing the process of change will give people a deeper understanding of where they are right now. This understanding lessens the frustration after failed attempts and negates the chance of giving up. ADHD Coaching can help ADHD adults move from stage to stage successfully.
The infographic shows the stages an ADHD adult goes through when making a change.
This method is called the Transtheoretical Model (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983; Prochaska, DiClemente, & Norcross, 1992).
The last stage – relapse – shows that it is normal to go back to those old ADHD habits at some point during the earlier stages.
Obviously, feelings of disappointment and frustration are inevitable here.
But if there is an understanding of this model, people can feel confident that it’s part of the process and not a failure!
A guide to help ADHD adults move toward change
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