I had this gut feeling when my son was just three that something was up. His focus was all over the place and his separation anxiety was next level. 

So, I booked an educational assessment, hoping for some clarity. But, because he was still so young, we couldn’t lock down an official diagnosis. The assessor threw out the idea of ADHD, and I was torn.

ADHD coach Brittany with her son who likely has ADHD

My little guy, my heart, possibly dealing with this “condition.” Emotions? They were all over the map. How was I supposed to guide him through this when I couldn’t even imagine what he was feeling or how his brain was ticking?

Cut to his fifth birthday, and let me tell you, my life as a mom and ADHD coach took a wild turn. Diagnosis or not, I was on a mission to find ways to help him tackle those ADHD symptoms head-on.

Every day felt like a new adventure in learning about ADHD. I was so into understanding the ins and outs of this condition that I went ahead and got certified as an ADHD coach through the ADHD Training Institute.

Here’s the truth.

Making the call to go for an assessment led to a rollercoaster of emotions. What would it mean for our future? How would people see us? It was like I was in the middle of this storm of uncertainty. 

But you know what? I realized it was okay to feel all that. It was okay to take a beat and let it all sink in. Because through all that chaos, I saw a glimmer of hope. A diagnosis wasn’t just a label; it was a roadmap to figuring out how to navigate this new world.

Brittany the ADHD coach's son doing his homework

And let me tell you, getting that clarity? It was like turning on a light in a dark room. Suddenly, I could see what was causing my son’s behaviors, and I could tackle them head-on. Armed with this newfound understanding, I felt like I was finally equipped to face the challenges of ADHD, both for my son and myself.

Reflecting on my journey, I wanted to share some tips for those grappling with an ADHD diagnosis. I know that dealing with your ADHD symptoms can be overwhelming. But these tips will help you fight the overwhelm.

Tips for Life After Your ADHD Diagnosis

Embrace the process: Allow yourself time to process your emotions and adjust to the new reality. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but every step forward is a victory.

Seek support: Reach out to an ADHD coach or support groups for guidance and encouragement. Surround yourself with people who understand and validate your experiences.

Educate yourself: Knowledge is power. Take the time to learn about ADHD and how it manifests in both children and adults. Understanding the condition is key to finding effective strategies for managing it.

Advocate for yourself (or your child): Don’t be afraid to speak up and advocate for your needs. Whether it’s requesting accommodations at school or seeking alternative treatment options, your voice matters.

Focus on strengths: ADHD is often accompanied by unique strengths and talents. Celebrate these strengths and use them to your advantage.

Practice self-care: Remember to prioritize your own well-being amidst the challenges of managing ADHD. Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s essential for maintaining resilience and balance.

Stay resilient: ADHD may present obstacles, but it doesn’t define you (or your child). Stay resilient in the face of adversity, and remember that every setback is an opportunity for growth.

Take Charge of Your ADHD Journey

My journey? It’s been a wild ride, full of ups and downs. But through it all, I’ve found a sense of purpose and determination because an ADHD diagnosis isn’t the end of the road. It’s just the beginning of a new adventure filled with understanding, acceptance, and empowerment. And I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to tackle it head-on, spunk and all.

A boy with ADHD drawing a dinosaur on a piece of paper

If you’re ready to navigate life after an ADHD diagnosis, book a discovery call with me. This call will help me learn more about your needs and will include tips to help you along your journey.

Parents with ADHD children can join my parent community. After years of being an ADHD coach and supporting my ADHD son, I’ve realized that parents with ADHD children often lack the support of a like-minded community. Few people in their inner circles understand what they’re experiencing.

That’s why I created this parent community. It’s your place to unlock a world of support and resources to help you navigate your child’s ADHD journey. Get a 7-day free trial and experience the joy of gaining more knowledge to support your ADHD child.

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