I. A confession
My name is Erik and I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Like many people my age (the “wrong” side of forty) I wasn’t ever diagnosed as a child and never received treatment. As a child I was always on the go. I learned to run before I could walk… I even have a small calcium deposit bump on my forehead from falling on my face so much during that time. I had a terrible anger from being hypersensitive. The most mild name calling would send me into full-out temper tantrums. By the time I was in middle school, my straight A grades started to suffer due to poor organization, an overwhelming sense of boredom and my insistence that I read my favorite books rather than what my teachers wanted me to read. I was the poster boy for “he can do the work…”
It wasn’t until I was well into my adulthood and was struggling to make sense of life, the universe, and everything that I finally figured out what was “wrong” with me. Soon after, I realized that NOTHING was wrong with me…I was simply wired a certain way and as long as I was aware of that and made the appropriate adjustments…life could be amazing. As a result, I am well-educated, successful and reasonably happy. In fact, I attribute much of my success to my ADHD. For me, today, life IS amazing. I am so blessed. Let me tell you why…
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