ADHD Resource Library
“How do I manage my Adult ADHD?” That is what you are wondering, right?
I help adults with ADHD figure out how to leverage their strengths and manage their challenges so they can thrive in both their personal and professional in order to reach their highest potential.
One way I do this is through this Resource Library where you will find in-depth guides and articles organized to make it easier for you to find the information you need now.
Marla is a writer and ADHD Coach I admire, and from my perspective, one of the best practical contributors to the world wide web of articles and information designed to help adults with ADHD. Her insights and suggestions offer compensatory strategies that can indeed leverage areas of weakness into strength.
- Clinical Psychologist
I have written a lot of posts on my blog — hundreds, in fact. And I know it can be hard to find what you are looking for there.
While these are only some of my posts related to each topic, I hope this page will make it easier to find one that suits your needs now.
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What Is ADHD?
When you first found out you had ADHD, you probably had a whole range of emotions, including relief, denial, anger, grief… and acceptance. That is typical.
Understanding your ADHD and what you believe about it will, hopefully, help you to get to a place of acceptance. Then you will be able to say, “I’m ok. It is part of who I am. But I am not my ADHD. I have the resources and the capacity to figure out how to work with my ADHD. If I need help, I can get the support I need.”
Click here for articles to help you understand your ADHD.
- Answers to the Top 10 Questions About Adult ADHD
- How Do You Feel About Having ADHD?
- Your ADHD Could Be A Strength
- Finding what works best for your style, preference and, yes, ADHD
- You Are Not Your ADHD
- When it’s Better For ADHD Adults to March to The Beat of Their Own Drummer
- When an ADHD Diagnosis is a Great Thing
In order to effectively treat your ADHD, you need to create a holistic treatment plan. And I often write about ADHD treatment in my blog.
To make it easier for you to access the information I’ve compiled a 43 Page Interactive PDF Workbook, Treatment Options for ADHD Workbook: A Guide to Exploring and Making Decisions About Treating Your ADHD.
Click here for more articles about ADHD treatment.
- ADHD and Creating A Supportive Environment
- Developing and Using Your Strengths
- Here Are Three Things You Need To Do To Take Care Of Your Brain
- ADHD Treatment You Can Afford
- Few Brain Training Games Are Effective For Treating ADHD
- How Play Helps ADHD Adults Be More Effective At Everything!
60 Tools For Focused Action
I am sure you have considered many different types of tools available to help you work with your ADHD. And you may have a difficult time deciding which of the many options to explore and eventually try and which to ignore or at least table.
You may even find yourself attracted to the novelty of new technologies, new systems, new strategies… the next “shiny penny.” As an adult with ADHD this may feed your need for stimulation, while also making the process of choosing the right tool from among the many options even more challenging.
Yet, coupled with the right strategy, the right tool can certainly help you.
My intention in creating Tools For Focused Action: Choosing the right tools to work with your ADHD is to help you think about how the various types of tools available may help you manage your ADHD.
Go ahead. Download it here.
Your articles are some of the most useful I've read. You're to-the-point, yet warm and relatable. It's obvious that you are knowledgeable and understanding.
Life is hard and as you're well aware, even the most "simple things" can be a struggle for me. At times I feel sick and tired and just very discouraged.
Lately, your writings have been an invaluable tool for me in grappling with those obstacles more effectively and efficiently.
Thank you thank you thank you.
Learning To Use The Must Have Tools
There are certainly many tools you could use to manage your ADHD. Just look at the list in the above section!
Yet, there are certain tools that are critical to your success at home and work. These are “must have tools” for all adults with ADHD. And so, of course, learning to use these effectively is really important.
This separate section will help you focus just on effectively using calendars, task managers, email, note taking processes and more…
Click here for articles on “must have tools” for work and home.
- The Complete Guide to Managing Your Email for ADHD Adults
- Systems and Rules For Responding to Your Email
ADHD and Decision Making
You probably make hundreds of decisions every day. Some come naturally and easily. Others are more challenging, and sometimes seemingly insurmountable.
Here you will find tips to make various types of decision making easier.
Click here for articles about ADHD and Decision Making.
ADHD and Adopting Structures and Habits
Being able to accept that you have ADHD and creating the right treatment plan are great places to start.
And, when you are ready to experiment with creating new habits to manage your ADHD, it will be helpful to understand how change happens.
Because it will take time, effort, support and compassion – compassion for yourself in order to let go of old habits and adopt and maintain helpful ones that work with your ADHD.
Click here for articles about ADHD and change.
ADHD and Relating To Others
Part of managing your ADHD is connecting with others in a positive way.
In fact, Dr. Edward Hallowell, an expert on ADHD, includes “ making sure you keep up regular contact with a few good friends” on his list of the seven habits of highly effective adults with ADD.
Yet, your ADHD symptoms may make this challenging at times.
Knowing how your ADHD symptoms may get in your way and what you can do to manage them will help you form better connections.
Click here for articles about ADHD and connections.
- Finally, A Way ADHD Adults Can Set Boundaries And Feel Good About It
- 6 Guilt-Free Strategies ADHD Adults Can Use To Say No
Conversations and Conflict
I love your site and all the very useful info you send out! I am an ADHD coach for adults, have ADHD, and have 2 sons with ADHD, so your advice gets lots of use. Thank you so much, Marla. These are just what I’ve needed to get the dialogue started. You’re a lifesaver!!
ADHD and Creating a Helpful Mindset
Successfully managing your ADHD depends to a large degree on your mindset.
Do you think your ADHD will always hold you back from being successful in life?
Alternatively, while your ADHD creates challenges in your life, do you think you can access the resources and support you need to learn the skills you need to manage your ADHD?
How you think makes a difference.
Click here for articles about creating a helpful mindset.
Creating a Positive Mindset
Dealing with Setbacks / Failures
ADHD and Coping With Your Emotions
Compassion. Anger. Exhuberance. Frustration. Passion. Impulsiveness. Zealousness.
These emotions are just a few we associate with people with ADHD. And you may often read how modulating emotions and managing frustrations can be a challenge for adults with ADHD. True.
Your emotions greatly impact your ability to carry out your various executive functions in both positive and negative ways.
So, it is important to learn how to work with your emotions when you are learning how to manage your ADHD.
Click here for articles to help you cope with your emotions.
Managing Emotional Responses
Countering a Negative Mindset
- ADHD and Zapping Your Limiting Beliefs
- ADHD and Your Scripts
- ADHD and Avoiding Negative Thinking Traps – Part 1
- ADHD and Avoiding Negative Thinking Traps – Part 2
Managing Stress and Overwhelm
- ADHD and Five Steps To Countering Overwhelm
- 4 Strategies You Can Use Now to Reduce Your Stress
- ADHD and Strategies To Being Present In You Life
- Understanding The Cost of Perfectionism For Adults With ADHD
- How to Let Go of Perfectionism When You Have ADHD
ADHD and Work
Being successful at work is one of the major concerns of adults with ADHD.
The key to succeeding at work is creating an environment that builds on your strengths and will minimize your ADHD related challenges.
There are specific areas that are most relevant to those interested in increasing their effectiveness at work.
Click here for articles that will help you manage your ADHD at work.
ADHD and Planning Strategies
There is no one right way to plan, other than the way that works with how you operate best.
You will need to experiment. Likely, you will end up with a process that does not look anything like what your colleagues, friends or family use.
That is ok
It just needs to work for you!
Click here for articles about planning strategies you can try.
- The ADHD Adult’s Guide To The Weekly Review – So You Know What Is On Your Plate
- How To Use The Four D’s In Your Weekly Planning
- How To Decide What The Very Next Action Step
- Using the Urgent – Important Matrix to decide what to do each day
- How to Fix These 5 Common ADHD Time Management Mistakes
- Adult ADHD and 3 Scheduling Commitments You’ll Want To Keep
- Discovering Where You Spend Your Time
- How To Plan Weekly, Daily And When Things Are “Mushy”
ADHD and Initiating
Getting started can feel like going through quick sand, especially when the task has little interest for you.
Here are steps to beat that inertia and put your foot on the gas pedal.
Click here for articles to help you get started on your important stuff.
Marla, When I read your communications feelings of utter relief and hope come over me as I think: here is another technique which I can try and it might help me. I have only accepted this diagnosis fairly recently and started to understand the impact it’s having on my life. I just wanted to say: thank you, thank you, thank you!
ADHD and Better Follow Through
While you might have good intentions and a plan, follow through is still hard for most adults with ADHD.
It is helpful to know why. It is not because of lack of willpower or because the task is not important to you!
Your ADHD can get in the way. But there are ways to address these challenges.
Click here for articles to help you achieve better follow through.
Managing Internal Distractions
- Be Willing to be Incompetent When Learning a New Skill
- Here Is How You Can Deal With Boredom
- Here Is How You Can Get Rid Of Your Gremlins For Better Follow-Through
- Creating Interest – The Super Fuel for Follow Through When You Have ADHD
- This Is the Key ADHD Adults Need to Adopt Habits Faster
- ADHD and Using the Power of Triggers to Form & Break Habits
Doing What Is Essential
ADHD and Money Management – Personal Finance
Financial Management is often a challenge for many adults with ADHD.
Being aware of the pitfalls and workarounds can help you circumvent the money management woes that others may experience.
Marla, I have been trying to fix all of these things since I was a teenager. But working on them in their respective silos has left me frustrated and hopeless. And then I stumbled onto your page...
Flipping through your articles brought it all together for me. I now firmly believe that i 'have' one primary challenge that manifests itself in various ways. This makes the whole thing feel so much more manageable, and I'm starting to feel like less of a failure and more hopeful.
It is for this reason I am writing. To say thank you for doing what you do. You have made a difference in the life of one person you have never even met...I just wanted you to know that.