Jim Livingstone

5 June 2024

ADHD with JIM LIVINGSTONE

Hello, and Welcome

G’day,

I struggled with undiagnosed ADHD for forty-six years, feeling like I didn’t fit in anywhere.

Since my ADHD diagnosis, I have spent the past twenty-six years reading, researching and testing every aspect of adult ADHD with the desire to become the very best version of myself.

Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way….

ADHD and DIFFERENT

ADHD – The Gift of Different

THINK DIFFERENT. TRANSCEND YOUR CURRENT LIMITS. Don’t be held captive by false beliefs and outdated habits. 

LIVE DIFFERENT. BE OPTIMISTIC. BE INSPIRING. Be creative and spontaneous. Live with intensity.

DO DIFFERENT. BEND THE RULES. LIVE OUTSIDE THE LINES. Design a different path. Take action.

Don’t ever apologise for your ADHD. It’s part of who you are.

Think, Live, Do Different – Impact the World. 

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10-30 Day Challenge

Try this

  • Use tools such as timers, alarms, and reminders to help with attention and focus.

  • Set a block of time for how long you think it will take to do a task.

  • This can help with motivation and focus.

  • See how close your estimate was, and use this to help you set better realistic time frames for similar tasks

    You can use it for anything from having a shower, buying groceries, a work task, or gym sessions. It will help you get a better ‘feel’ for time usage and surprise you how long somethings take!

    link to 10/30/100 day challenge pdf

Are you interested in receiving a free, Advanced Readers Copy of my book to review? If so, please send me an email with your details via the link to comments below, many thanks

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Use your late ADHD diagnosis as a life-changing New Beginning, and Stop punishing yourself mentally and emotionally. Remove any feelings of shame or embarrassment. You’re capable, worthy and deserving.

  • Stop Feeling Overstimulated or Overwhelmed.
  • Become more organised and proactive rather than reactive.
  • Go from feeling confused or frustrated to relief and self-acceptance.
  • Quiet your inner critic, switch off when needed, and give yourself a break.
  • Get your emotions under control and develop mental and emotional resilience. 

It’s time to drop the Mask and be your best authentic self. Find the positives in your unique neurodiversity.

You’re capable, worthy and deserving just as you are. Forge a new path to capitalise on your ADHD strengths and skills.

Peek Inside My Book…here is an unedited extract from Chapter 9

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ADHD AT WORK 

   – Disclosing Your ADHD Diagnosis

   – ADHD at Work

   – Effective Work Strategies

*CHALLENGES OF ADHD DISCLOSURE

 Potential Misunderstandings and Prejudice:

 Although disclosing your ADHD diagnosis can lead to increased understanding, there may be individuals who do not have a comprehensive understanding of the condition. This can result in misunderstandings, assumptions, and potential prejudice.

 Some colleagues may perceive ADHD as a weakness or may underestimate your capabilities, which could impact your professional growth or opportunities. Despite legal protections, employees may fear negative judgement or discrimination from their employer or coworkers.

 Privacy Concerns:

Revealing your ADHD diagnosis requires sharing personal health information, which can compromise your privacy. While employers are required to maintain confidentiality, there is always a risk that information may be unintentionally or inadvertently shared. Consider the importance of maintaining privacy in your decision-making process.

You may be hesitant to share personal medical information due to concerns about privacy and the way the information could be used.

 Perceived Dependence on Accommodations:

Disclosing your ADHD diagnosis may inadvertently lead to others perceiving you as dependent on adjustments or special treatment.

Some colleagues may see this as an unfair advantage, resulting in tensions or resentment in the workplace. It’s important to address these perceptions by showcasing your abilities, contributions, and work ethic.

 Potential Career Limitations:

In certain industries or highly competitive environments, disclosing an ADHD diagnosis may raise concerns about your ability to meet deadlines or handle high-pressure situations. While workplace discrimination is illegal in many jurisdictions, there can still be subtle biases that impact career advancement or opportunities, especially in highly competitive fields.

Risk of Labelling

You might be labelled or unfairly characterised based on your ADHD, potentially impacting professional growth.

Potential for Bias

Disclosure can inadvertently lead to lowered expectations or assumptions about your capabilities.

Emotional Risk

Disclosing ADHD can be emotionally taxing and may result in feelings of vulnerability or exposure.

Identity Impact

Your professional identity might become intertwined with your diagnosis, overshadowing your skills and abilities.

Seeking Flexibility and Support:

Employers are often legally obligated to provide reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities, including ADHD. It is crucial for you to work with your employer to identify and implement flexibility that can enhance your productivity.

Prepare Documentation:

Some employers may require documentation of your diagnosis from a healthcare professional. Have this ready in case it’s needed to support your request for accommodations.

Be prepared to provide documentation from a healthcare provider that confirms your diagnosis of ADHD if required by your company’s policies.

be continued next week………

Please let me know what you think, the good, the bad and wtf?…link to comments on website

PS Love to hear your story if you want to share.

ADHD Traits

“Having ADHD is like playing a video game where you skip all the tutorials, and now you’re just running around with no idea how anything works.”

READERS REVIEWS

Zoe P,

“Found this a super helpful insight into ADHD diagnosis and living with ADHD.

As a late-diagnosed adult, it’s very validating to see more literature surrounding this subject appearing”.

Weekly Tip
 Keep Going. 

Persevering is part of the matrix of life. When you feel like the world is against you, keep going. Remember, everything is temporary, and this, too, shall pass.

Be kind and compassionate to yourself, even when things are difficult.

Acknowledge your efforts and progress, and remember that setbacks and challenges are a natural part of the learning and growing process.

Develop a success file or journal that you can go back to that reinforces your self-worth.

Reach out to friends, family, or an ADHD support group for emotional support and encouragement. Talking with others can help you gain a new perspective on your situation and provide you with additional resources and ideas.

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Download your complimentary PDF of the first couple of chapters.

Or if you have already and want to buy a copy

https://www.amazon.com//dp/B0BHKQV96M

Expect the Best,

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If you’ve got a second, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. jim@jimlivingstone.com.au I reply to every email.

This site is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal, or other professional advice. The content in this newsletter is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. Please seek professional help if you believe you may have Mental Health Issues.

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