I was profiled in this week’s Georgia Straight Newspaper, a very popular newspaper in my hometown of Vancouver on page 31.
The title of the article is ADHD Coach Improves Focus
Let me know what you think of it in the comments section on their website.
Thanks to Gail Johnson for a great article. I’m glad the Straight is helping to get the word out on Adult ADHD and Adult ADHD coaching. I’ve got some minor corrections below on the article but first here’s a few quotes.
After he learned he had the disorder, Quily researched approaches to managing it and found many that worked for him, including exercise, personal coaching, talk therapy, support groups, and spiritual exploration. He’s come a long way since the early ’90s, when he was diagnosed.
What helped Quily the most was personal coaching. He got so much out of the one-on-one sessions, in fact, that he became a coach himself. Now he specializes in helping adults with ADD who, like him, have a natural curiosity but who might be overwhelmed by paper clutter or unable to finish tasks, or find it hard to handle stress.
Quily helps others focus on the positive aspects of ADD. “People with ADD are creative; they think out of the box,” he says. “The thing that bothers me is that ADD is a mixed bag. It can really drag people down if you don’t know how to manage it, but it can propel you to great heights if you do manage it.…Coaching helps with the practical, day-to-day challenges: work, relationships, social things…time management, underemployment, job-hopping.…But there has to be an openness to change.”
Here are some minor clarifications.
- I didn’t always do well in school, but overall did reasonably well, and made the dean’s honour’s list in University & got one of my essays published.
- ADHD is not a neurobehavioural condition, it’s a neurobiological condition.
Gail said post in the comments she got it from another site.
- Many ADDers do drop out of school, though not all, and some do very well in it, there are PHd’s with ADHD and billionaires with ADHD
- You can have learning disabilities and high intelligence. They’re not mutually exclusive at all. LD has nothing to do with IQ. Some people with LD, like ADDers have very high IQ’s.
Gail just corrected the above on her post in the comments
- Dr. Derryck Smith is correct that people with ADHD are statistically prone to accidents and speeding, and some are terrible drivers, but not all. Some make their living as professional drivers, and are quite good at it, they hyperfocus when driving. I know adults with ADHD that are bus drivers, limo drivers, stunt drivers, etc and are quite good at it. It’s like there’s statistically much higher rates of alcohol and drug addiction for people with ADHD and society should wake up & deal with this, but we’re not all drug addicts.
If people with ADHD are interested in trying out Adult ADHD coaching to see how it can help improve their work and personal lives there are some benefits to it here and I do offer a free 15 minute consultation.
Again I’m glad the straight is shedding some light on this much ignored real condition. The Vancouver Sun recently had a great article on Adult ADHD, hope more of the BC media start covering the condition and if you live in BC remember during this provinical election to ask your campaigning politicians if they support the BC Medical Association’s 8 recomendations on ADHD in their February ADHD policy paper. One of those recommendations is to get the province to actually diagnose and treat Adult ADHD, and have a strategy on ADHD. Currently the govt has no strategy at all and NONE of the 3 parties mention ADHD in their campaign platforms.
The politicians will continue to ignore ADHD until ADDers and their families and friends start telling them why they should start taking it seriously and help us.