It is possible to live a normal life, in spite of having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I know of quite a good number of people who have the disorder, and who are living reasonably normal lives, in spite of it. A disorder like ADHD shouldn’t, for instance, make it impossible for you to go to a site like the Sunbiz portal and try to register a company there. In spite of having ADHD, it should be possible for you to undertake things like Sunbiz fictitious name filing on the Sunbiz website, which is accessible at www.sunbiz.org. The point I am trying to make is this: that ADHD shouldn’t be the sort of disorder to debilitate you completely, and make it impossible for you to live a reasonably normal life.
Admittedly, for the people with the severer cases of ADHD, it may be necessary to use medications in order to have a normal life. But as we saw in our last blog post, it is possible to cope with ADHD without using medications, especially for those with milder cases of the disorder.
In most cases, the most important thing is to be in a position to identify the manifestations of ADHD in one’s life, and try to work against them. This is one of the areas where cognitive and behavioral therapy can be of great use. The thing with disorders like ADHD is that they ‘try’ to get you to behave in certain ways: it is as if they have minds of their own. Thus, the focus of the therapy should be to help the patient/client to be cognizant of such instances, where the ADHD ‘tries’ to get him to behave in certain ways, and then act in the opposite way.
Besides seeking therapy, there is one more thing that can be of great help when trying to live a normal life in spite of having ADHD: namely participation in ADHD support groups. Through these groups, you get a chance to learn how others cope with ADHD. That way, you get to figure out ways in which you can, in turn, cope with the condition — and live a normal life in spite of it.