I recommend coaching to a lot of people with ADD ADHD. It’s good to get diagnosed first by a psychiatrist or psychologist. I prefer a psychiatrist, because:
1. I’m biased
2. They can consider medication with you
3. They can make sure that the problems are not being caused by some other condition that can look like ADD ADHD
BUT– there are many psychiatrists and psychologists who don’t really understand ADD ADHD, even if they think they do. You need to check them out first (more about this in another post). I assume that an ADD ADHD coach is knowledgeable. (Has anyone found an exception to this?)
another But – it can be hard to find good people, depends on where you live and finances. Some family practice docs understand ADD ADHD but I think most don’t.
follow up on mindfullness, Andrew is a knowledgeable family doc
General Practitioner. Special Interests: ADHD, mindfulness, musculoskeletal medicine
Awareness, attention, and mindfulness are all closely intertwined. All tricky in a culture that does not really have a good definition of Mind anyhow. (Dan Siegel comes the closest from a biomedical perspective that I have seen).
However, the operative definition of mindfulness in a formal way includes having full awareness of oneself as the actor doing the action, and of where that action fits in to the requirements of the moment.
So the ADHD pattern of carelessly drifting off on a tangent while completing something else is actually the complete opposite of mindfulness.
This link is lifted from another thread, but it is perfect as it highlights the role of mindfulness practice as outlined by the Buddha as a means of training executive functions.