“You down with ADD?”
The question now, from a clinical standpoint, is whether Donald Trump has finally hit the wall. Has he finally come up against a moment where his underlying ADHD is going to betray him and lead him to one of the most colossal failures in the history of presidential politics?
A quarter century as a professional specializing in ADHD has shown me I'm not alone in living with this pervasive sense of dread and stress.
For several years, researchers have been exploring alternate ways to treat ADHD, such as through mindfulness and memory training. Recently, scholars have suggested that mindfulness, which includes paying attention to your thoughts, actions and emotions, may be beneficial to individuals affected with ADHD symptoms.
Why it might be ADHD: There tends to be a strong genetic component to the disorder, so if one person in a family -- like
Recent data published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that 6.4 million children
Q: "At 31, I've just been officially diagnosed with adult ADHD, which is not surprising at all. My doctor thinks I've gone undiagnosed my whole life. I believe having my temperament and sensitivity, although not easy in my business, has made me successful."
"Just like learning to play an instrument, or learning a new language, or developing a muscle, learning new habits of the mind requires continued practice."
Gina Pera is the author of the award-winning book Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? She speaks internationally on adult ADHD and writes three blogs, including one devoted to relationships: "You and Me -- and Adult AD/HD."
Typically, when we first practice mindfulness, we find how really busy our mind is (and even more so for someone with ADHD). Successful practice is becoming fully aware of what is, and then using that awareness to choose where you place the most attention.