The Journey of Coaching
I am a 62-year-old woman diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 45. Initially I wasn’t concerned about the diagnosis because I didn’t realize the full spectrum of problems it had caused me all my life. In fact, it took another six years of being on the wrong medication, and my life falling apart, to begin to take it seriously and proactively help myself.
I started to scour the internet for answers. The information at that time was conflicting, confusing, and only skimmed the surface of how ADHD affects someone. After the breakup of my second marriage I hired a coach to help me decipher the problems ADHD has caused for me.
To my surprise, I found a coach who was close to my age and had ADHD! Finally, someone who could help me put to words all the chaos in my head. She introduced me to a fantastic Psychiatrist that specializes in pediatric and now adult ADHD. I started on a regimen of medication that addressed my needs and continued to seek information from the experts.
Coaching improved my lifestyle and I wanted to do that for other people. I went through 165 hours of classes that joined the art of coaching with expert information about ADHD.
Attending the ADDCA classes; I quickly became friends with other ADDers. To my surprise I met several intelligent, successful people in my class. I say that I “was surprised” because I believed all the myths about ADHD. We exchanged stories of commonalities and ADHD tips. Up until then I “covered up” my embarrassing moments due to ADHD with self-deprecating humor. For the first time, I found my tribe and took the steps to become an ADHD Coach to help others who are just like me.
For 13 years I worked in the corporate world, which was the greatest challenge for my ADHD. My opinion is some corporations create teams with multiple dimensions of personalities and others look for people who are all the same; people who are linear thinkers with detached personalities.
The average personality of an ADDer thinks out of the box, can react to a stressful situation with grace, are creative and empathetic. Most companies seem to embrace linear thinkers and shun the qualities an ADDer can offer.
That “linear” management style often leaves people with ADHD on the outside looking in or worse so stressed that they eventually have to quit or get fired.
Coaching helped me move forward to a new career while realizing I’m more than my ADHD. Understanding how my brain works made the biggest difference and contributed to my coaching success.
I’m passionate about coaching because I know I can help ADDers lead a happier, fuller life. I saw my clients move forward and grow in ways they never imagined.
Contact me now for a free session and together we will explore whether ADHD coaching is the next step for you.
Agnes Green, ACG
p.s listen to me on the See in ADHD podcast