Coping With ADHD

Coping with ADHD offers hope for any adult, child or parent who has to deal with the day to day frustrations of having this disorder. Everyone must go through a change process which actually follows the normal grieving process when faced with any change, loss or adversity.

Change, Grief, and the Transformation Cycle

Kubler-Ross in 1969 identified a grief process and suggest that to varying degrees everyone passes through during any time of loss, change or adversity. They call this the "Grief Cycle".

Kubler-Ross Grief Cycle

Why show this on a coping with ADHD website? Finding out you or a child have ADHD qualifies as a loss, and some would say an adversity. You will likely be hit with the general public's stereotype of never being seen as normal again. There are plenty of Famous People With ADHD who have shown that you can live a very productive and happy life with ADHD, but when you first hear that diagnosis, you are bound to begin having some of these feelings. The one thing these famous people have in common is they looked at their ADHD as an opportunity, and recognized they were blessed with many amazing gifts and talents. Most had extremely helpful and supportive mentors, parents, friends, coaches, advisors and/or doctors.

So the real purpose of putting this here is to point out that these feelings are normal. Most importantly to point out and urge people to move to acceptance and empowerment stages where you can begin to take charge of your lives. If you are a parent you know that your main job will be to support your child, encourage them, learn as much as you can, and take advantage of the many resources that are available. You want to get past the bottom stage to the dialogue stage where you explore alternatives, support teams, and gather the most information.

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Living With ADHD - Real Life Example

Have you heard of Paul Orfalea? I bet you have heard of Kinko's! Paul was the founder of Kinko's. In fact the company name came from when he was young he had curly red hair and was nicknamed "Kinko". Paul flunked out of second grade - and was fired by a gas station because he could not write legibly. But ultimately it is not the story of someone who could not do things, it is all about someone and what HE COULD DO when coping with adhd.

"I get bored easily, and that is a great motivator," Paul said. "I think everybody should have dyslexia and A.D.D."

Paul started Kinko's in 1970 and ran the business for nearly 30 years before Fed Ex bought it. He has authored this book: Copy This: Lessons from a hyperactive dyslexic who turned a bright idea into one of America's best companies. Click on the image below on the left to read more about this great book.

Paul Orfalea struggles mightily to read, to write, and to sit still through a business meeting. So what's the problem? By working with the obstacles life dealt him—he calls his dyslexia and ADHD "learning opportunities"—he grew a 100-square-foot copy shop named Kinko's into a $1.5 billion-a-year company that Fortune named one of the best places in America to work.

Paul Orfalea really did do it his way. Coping with ADHD, he added his humor, wisdom, and compassion. He shares his invaluable experiences and unorthodox business lessons with the millions of those who are just a little bit "different," and who wonder if there's a place for them in the world. There is: at the top. A truly inspirational book for those with ADHD or know someone with ADHD.

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