What’s an ADHD coach? with Jodi Green
In this episode of This Complex Life I talk with Jodi Green, an ADHD coach about ADHD, the impact it can have on relationships and strategies for managing it.
- Jodi Green emphasises that ADHD coaching is not about focing someone into doing hard things; it’s more about making tasks achievable and finding strategies to make them more interesting or easier.
- Tipping points in life, such as transitions from high school to university or entering the workforce, can trigger a need for new strategies to cope with changing structures.
- Many women get diagnosed later in life, often due to shifting structures like motherhood, we discuss the importance of being open to exploring how tasks can be made more manageable.
- ADHD affects executive functions, such as planning, organising, and time management, which can lead to various challenges in daily life. These challenges are unique to each individual with ADHD.
- The impact of undiagnosed ADHD can lead to feelings of shame, self-doubt, and internalised negative beliefs. Diagnosis can provide clarity and understanding, allowing individuals to reframe their experiences.
- Rejection sensitivity is common in people with ADHD, and it can affect relationships. Understanding that emotional reactions are often related to ADHD symptoms can help partners provide support and empathy.
- Effective communication in relationships involves recognising the root causes of behaviors related to ADHD. It’s important to avoid the parent-child dynamic and instead focus on collaborative problem-solving.
- ADHD can lead to hyperfixation on certain tasks or interests. While some tasks may be less enjoyable, Jodi suggests finding ways to make them more engaging or outsourcing them.
- Jodi recommends that adults who suspect they have ADHD seek a diagnosis through a psychologist or psychiatrist. Don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion.
- The transition from high school to college or the workforce can be a tipping point for individuals with ADHD, as structures change, and new challenges emerge.
- Coaching can be a valuable resource for adults with ADHD, helping them identify strategies and solutions tailored to their unique challenges.
- In seeking a coach, it’s essential to look for professionals who have received specific ADHD coaching training and, if possible, are members of the International Coach Federation (ICF) to ensure ethical standards.
Understand and ask and assume best intentions.