ADHD TruthsI’m an adult with ADHD, and I’ve been an ADHD Coach for about 10 years now. Over the years, I’ve noticed some interesting things about people with ADHD. Of course, these are generalizations but, for the most part, I’ve found the following to be true:

  1. People with ADHD and the parents of ADHD children live in a constant state of overwhelm. This is true, at least, until their ADHD or their child’s ADHD is properly managed.
  2. People with ADHD and the parents of children with ADHD feel isolated, even when they have tons of friends and family around them. This is true, at least, until they connect with other people who are in their shoes.
  3. Adults with ADHD and parents struggle to find the information, tools, and strategies that will actually help them. This is true, at least, until they attend the Virtual AD/HD Conference and connect with 20+ ADHD experts and interact with hundreds of their peers.

Yes, this is a shameless plug for the Virtual AD/HD Conference. :)

And I have no problem shamelessly plugging this event that I’ve been the Director of for the past 5 years.

Why? I could tell you that it’s because I’m adult with ADHD myself, and I know what adults and families affected by ADHD need to make their lives better. Or I could tell you that it’s because I’m a professional in the field, and I can vouch for the fact that the conference speakers are top notch experts who genuinely care about helping people succeed. But neither of those are the real reason that I have no problem shamelessly plugging the Virtual AD/HD Conference…

The real reason that I have no problem sending you these emails and encouraging you to register is because I’ve heard from countless people—who are just like you and me—who have contacted me to tell me that the Virtual AD/HD Conference changed their lives.

I’ll share a little secret with you. Every year after the conference concludes, we ask attendees to fill out an evaluation, and a fair number of people actually do. And every year, as I sit down to read them, I get a little nervous. Okay, a lot nervous! I admit it, I worry. Did we do a good job this year? Did people get what they came for? Was their experience worth their registration fee?

And every single year, as I’ve dug into the evaluations, I’ve felt myself slowly relaxing and smiling. The evaluations are always overwhelmingly positive. In fact, and here’s another little secret, once or twice I’ve actually been moved to tears by a heart-felt account of a person’s appreciation for the conference. Now, don’t get the wrong idea—it’s not like I’m a basket case who cries at every little thing! It’s just that, if you catch me at the right moment, you can totally choke me up telling me about how you finally have hope after a lifetime of struggling with ADHD.

Instead of babbling about this, though, I’d rather just share a few snippets of the feedback we’ve received over the years:

“I feel much more hopeful about my ability to manage my symptoms and encouraged about doing the work to make my daily life much less of a struggle.” -  Laurie Fleishman-Pogach from Lansdale, PA

“This conference has brought me hope, new opportunities, validation, and new tools, both for myself, and to share with others.”  – Christine Villere from Kemah, TN

“I am more aware of how AD/HD affects me in everyday life, and since I am more aware, I am less judgmental of myself. After listening to the sessions, I am not as hard on myself and I’m less critical of myself.” – Marga Stubblefield from Kailua, HI

“I think that it was almost the same feeling that I got the first time I took medication after being diagnosed. It was that ‘wow! there is so much more I am capable of’ feeling.” – Daniel Roth from Warren, NJ

“I came away with a better understanding of how to improve my life. Learning more about AD/HD gave me great insight on how I used to think and act. Improving my life is number one now. I can look back and shake my head and finally let go of the past, and move forward into the future.” – Michael Catanzaro from Lake Worth, FL

“After participating in the conference, my anxiety level has lowered considerably and I’m beginning to sleep better.” – Nancy Werthessen from Westport, MA

“Because of the opportunity to listen to top AD/HD speakers without spending the money to travel to a conference, my life and soul have been transformed and overwhelmingly inspired. I learned far more than I expected about AD/HD.” – Jamieson Haverkampf of Atlanta, GA

Now, if you were in my shoes, tell me a few of those things wouldn’t make you feel tremendously happy and proud to be a part of the Virtual AD/HD Conference! And by the way, there is much more feedback that you can read at http://adhdconference.com/testimonials.shtml.

So… back to those 3 things that I’ve found to be true for people affected by ADHD: constant overwhelm, isolation, and a struggle to find the right information tools, and strategies. The Virtual AD/HD Conference has been designed to help with ALL of those things:

  1. All of us behind the scenes of the conference know how hard it is to live in that constant state of overwhelm, and we can help you break out of it. And because we don’t want to add to that overwhelm, we’ve made the conference incredibly ADHD-friendly. You can attend the presentations live, or you can listen/watch later. You can also download the presentations and the slides and handouts so that you have them for your reference. There’s no pressure.
  2. The conference offers you ample opportunity to connect with like-minded people. Whether you’re an adult with ADHD, the parent of a child with ADHD, or anyone at all affected by ADHD, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other people who know what it’s like to be in your shoes. And that connection alone can help you break out of that lonely, isolated feeling.
  3. We work very hard to bring you the top speakers and most relevant topics in presentations that are easy to understand, easy to pay attention to, and easy to access any time you feel like it. You’ll walk away from the conference with the ADHD information that you were looking for, the resources that you’ve been wanting, and the strategies that will actually make sense for you.

So what are you waiting for?? The conference begins October 1. Register now, before you forget!

As I mentioned before, those 3 truths aren’t set in stone. When you properly manage AD/HD, life can actually be quite happy and enjoyable.

The Virtual AD/HD Conference is here to help you get there. I hope you’ll join us. :)

 


Jennifer Koretsky About Jennifer Koretsky

Jennifer Koretsky, SCAC is the Managing Partner of the ADD Management Group, LLC and Chief Executive Officer of ADHDmanagement.com. She is a Senior Certified ADHD Coach, and the author of Odd One Out: The Maverick's Guide to Adult ADD.

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  1. i will agree with that what you found out about people having adhd is really true is like you are reading my mind. thanks for sharing this.

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