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IMPULSE with ADHD

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

We all have a pre set survival method in us- these are FLIGHT, FIGHT, FREEZE, and what many people don't know about is the CHECK OUT- aka- ADHD

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(Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. It is characterized by symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These symptoms can impact an individual's ability to function in academic, work, and social settings. Inattention symptoms can include difficulty with sustained attention, easily distracted, forgetfulness, and difficulty organizing tasks. Hyperactivity symptoms can include restlessness, fidgeting, and excessive talking. Impulsivity symptoms can include acting without thinking, interrupting others, and having difficulty waiting for one's turn. The exact cause of ADHD is not known, but research suggests that genetics and environmental factors may play a role. Diagnosis is typically made by a healthcare professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, who can evaluate symptoms and determine if they meet the criteria for ADHD. There are several treatment options for ADHD, including medication, behavioral therapy, and coaching. The right treatment approach can depend on the individual's specific symptoms and needs. With appropriate treatment and support, individuals with ADHD can manage their symptoms and achieve their goals.Controlling impulses is one of the biggest challenges faced by individuals with ADHD.

Here are some strategies that can help:

  1. Recognize your triggers: Identifying the situations or emotions that trigger impulsive behavior is an important first step. Once you are aware of your triggers, you can develop strategies to manage them.

  2. Take a pause: Before acting on an impulse, take a moment to pause and reflect. This can help you evaluate the potential consequences of your actions and make a more informed decision.

  3. Develop a plan: Create a plan for managing your impulses in advance. This could include identifying alternative behaviors to engage in when you feel the urge to act impulsively or setting up specific reminders to help you stay on track.

  4. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing and meditation can help you stay centered and focused. By becoming more aware of your thoughts and emotions, you can learn to recognise and manage impulsive impulses more effectively.

  5. Get support: Working with a therapist or coach who specializes in ADHD can provide valuable guidance and support as you learn to manage your impulses.

Remember, controlling impulses takes practice and effort. Be patient with yourself and celebrate your successes along the way. With consistent effort and the right strategies, you can learn to manage your impulses and achieve your goals.

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