What are some signs of healthy self-esteem?
> Recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses
> Admitting to your mistakes and learning from them
> Forgiving yourself and others for mistakes
> Listening to other points of view aside from your own
> Taking care of yourself – physically and emotionally
> Feeling proud of your positive accomplishments and letting go of your faults

Many people confuse the concepts of self-esteem and ego, assuming that if you believe in yourself you are automatically egoistic and arrogant.  Someone who is self-confident is able to see past his own needs and wants, while an egoist believes that he is the only one who has worth around him. This is the key difference between those who have self esteem or overactive egos: self-esteem often means you are confident enough to allow for criticism and failure, while ego often leads to discrediting all others around you because you are the only one who can be “right.” Building your self-esteem is so important for your success across a wide range of issues: friendship, job success, marriage health, and parenting.

Let’s work together to help you believe in yourself.

Today, children are regularly diagnosed with ADHD. What most people don’t realize is that ADHD can be present in adults as well.  ADHD does not suddenly appear in adults; rather it was present throughout childhood and likely went undiagnosed.

Dr. Brian Doyle, in his book, Understanding and Treating Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, explains that “When we examine the lives of adults who struggle and fail, repeatedly, sometimes we find symptom patterns like those of children with ADHD…Once they have a proper diagnosis and full treatment, adults with ADHD can change their lives profoundly.”

Some common behaviors and problems associated with adult ADHD are:
> Persistent lateness and forgetfulness
> Anxiety
> Low self-esteem
> Employment problems
> Difficulty controlling anger
> Impulsiveness
> Substance abuse or addiction
> Procrastination
> Chronic boredom
> Depression
> Relationship problems

Heredity and ADHD
Frequently, parents will bring their children who suffer from ADHD to me for help. Sometimes we start discussing their children’s problems maintaining focus, sitting still, keeping track of items, one of the parents chimes in, “Oh, that sounds just like me when I was a kid. But, no one ever called it anything. I was just an active kid, and sometimes a troublemaker.”

Research has shown that ADHD is repeatedly linked to genetics. Often, if a child has ADHD, there is a relative somewhere who suffers from it as well. Yet, unlike many years ago, there are excellent ways to treat and help both adults and children with ADHD today.