Unfortunately, I had a pretty traumatic childhood. My parents were always fighting, and I was faced with trying to decide what to do about my own personal feelings. When I got older, I knew that I needed to do something to relieve the stress that I was feeling even many years later, so I started focusing on going to counseling. My first few appointments were a little nerve-racking, but the counselor worked hard to make me feel comfortable. I was really impressed with how gentle and kind she was, and I felt really great about the progress I was making. This blog is all about benefiting from counseling.
If you struggle with ADD or ADHD, you may find that basic therapy and medication are not enough to help you keep your life organized and maximize your productivity. Even with the help of a professional psychiatrist, you may struggle with daily relationships, work, or school. While a psychiatrist and medication may help with your general symptoms, they may not help you cope with specific issues as they arise. This is when you may look into the benefits of hiring an ADD coach. Below are three signs that you would benefit from ADD coaching.
You Are Already Diagnosed With and Being Treated for ADD
ADD coaches are not psychiatrists. They cannot diagnose you with ADD and they cannot prescribe you medication for your condition. It is a good idea to go to a psychiatrist first for general therapy and to establish an exercise routine, diet, and medication regime that will help you control your ADD. After you have a basic understanding of ADD and you have it somewhat under control, ADD coaching will be much more effective.
You Have Specific Problems You Want to Address
ADD coaching will help you set and achieve specific goals. For example, if you are frustrated with your relationship with your parents, a psychologist may help you explore those feelings and give you coping mechanisms to deal with the situation. Alternatively, an ADD coach will help you outline a step-by-step process to increase the effectiveness of your communication or set boundaries in your home.
Some examples of specific goals that ADD coaches help with are homework and project management, switching jobs or careers, improving your financial situation, or becoming more organized. If you have no idea what changes you want to make, you may be better off visiting a psychologist first and then finding an ADD coach once you have more specific issues or goals to work on.
You Are Ready to Make Life Changes To Achieve Your Goals
Often, people decide they need to make a change in their life, but they do not want to put in the effort. A coach cannot do the work for you. Instead, a coach will help you assess which steps need to be taken, and then you will need to follow through with them on your own. If you are ready to work hard to make changes in your life, then an ADD coach can make your effort more effective.