Overwhelmed – again —- ADD Tip o the day 154

A young man called for help today, he was “overwhelmed”.  He had so many things he needed to do and he just couldn’t get started.  He was paralyzed.

I didn’t point out to him that “overwhelmed” is simply a state of mind, not a reality.  He wasn’t ready to hear that.  What he needed was the solution.

The key is to shift from thinking about “all those things I have to do”  over to a focus on the one small thing I need to do right now.

I’ll repeat the strategy  for that next time.  Like a lot of the ways of coping with ADD or ADHD-guess what?! – it involves lists.

doug                     

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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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