Jim Livingstone

17 January 2024

ADHD ADULTS - The Ultimate Success Guide.

Practical tips, tools and techniques.

Hello, and welcome aboard the ADHD Express.

Late or No Diagnosis?

I grew up feeling like the odd one out. Described as ‘overactive, stupid…a problem child. After forty-five years of trying to fit in, I was finally diagnosed with ADHD.

Since my diagnosis, I have spent the last twenty-five years researching and actively testing a massive amount of ADHD information.

I still don’t have all the answers, just a place to start.

I haven’t won the race because there is no finish line!

But here are a few things I’ve learned along the way…

Late or No Diagnosis?

My late ADHD diagnosis made my life a lot harder than it needed to be. First, I was diagnosed with Depression, and then years later, no, it’s Bipolar. I tried all the treatments for both and failed to get any worthwhile results. Disillusioned, I stopped seeking help and self-medicated with alcohol. Finally, after destroying my life, I found a caring and knowledgeable psychiatrist.

If you think you might have ADHD don’t wait because it’s not going away. If there is a long waiting list to see an ADHD specialist find a reputable online test to get the ball rolling. I recently took this test and scored 99.9%. I am in the friggin top 1%. Not sure how to include this in my resume? Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS v1.1)

Seriously, do yourself a favour and find out. Ideally, seek a qualified mental health care professional or healthcare provider who can help determine whether your symptoms fit the diagnostic criteria for ADHD diagnosis.  ADHD Criteria for Diagnosis

The earlier you start your active recovery, the better your life will be.

Tip: If possible, find an ADHD-specific psychiatrist or clinical psychologist you can relate to. From my experience, half of ‘em need help themselves or have limited knowledge of ADHD. You deserve the best!

Non-Medical Treatment Options

Given the long waiting lists and cost of getting an ‘official diagnosis’ in some countries, here are some things that do make a difference.

  • Drink more alcohol…just kidding I tried it for fifteen years. You could say I hyper-focused on binge drinking, but it just made life worse.

  • Stop drinking alcohol…try AA if you want help.

  • Find a form of physical activity you enjoy or at least can tolerate.

  • Practice self-care over self-indulgence.

  • Stop eating sh*t dressed up as nutritional food. Read the labels to see the crap your brain is trying to run on.

  • Practice self-forgiveness…you didn’t ask to have ADHD. (I still haven’t met the entity that makes those decisions, maybe later.)

  • Learn about ADHD so you understand how it impacts your life and how to work with your ADHD mind, not against it.

  • Connect with other like-minded ADHDers (366 million)

  • Try an ADHD Coach. Make the call, start the adventure.

You Are Resilient.

As a child growing up you were subjected to a lot of negative conditioning. Why did you do that? Are you stupid? Sit down and be quiet. Stop daydreaming and do your homework, tidy your room…add your own.

As an adult, it continues because you operate under a different code than the neurotypical masses. You feel different, isolated, misunderstood, and fall short of your and other’s expectations. You start to shut down and emotionally isolate yourself as a form of self-defence.

You try to fit in as best you can and get on with life. Over time you have unknowingly developed resilience and strength of character. You have become adaptable and capable of adjusting your mindset, strategies, and actions to deal with difficult circumstances effectively.

Resilience is a valuable quality that helps you to bounce back and recover quickly from criticism, challenging situations, or adversity.

Stay strong and remember someone’s opinion of your behaviour is just that… an opinion!

“Everyone has the right to be stupid, but some people overuse it!”

I invite you to join me on my journey of writing my next book. ADHD ADULTS – Late or No Diagnosis? Each week, I will detail my ADHD writing challenges and results to get the chapters and content roughed out. Then start on the first manuscript draft.

I would love to hear your story and with your consent, include it in the book, newsletter, or articles. Sharing your trials and tribulations helps everyone understand and accept we are all a bit different…together. Click here.

Readers Review

“I also love this brilliant approach to self-help. It is so much less abrasive and aggressive and allows for some serious growth and change to happen. Setting the key points and call to action and change against the backdrop of real life and the story of his late diagnosis and how he evolved from there was beautiful and extremely effective”. Anthony Avina

ADHD ADULTS

The Ultimate Success Guide

Millions Of Adults Are Diagnosed With ADHD—But Few Find Solutions Needed To Thrive…

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Thanks for reading.

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

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