Jennifer Koretsky is the managing partner and chief executive officer of ADD Management Group, LLC. She is the author of Odd One Out: The Maverick’s Guide to Adult ADD, and is the director of the Virtual AD/HD Conference®. She is also a Senior Certified AD/HD Coach. Her website is www.adhdmanagement.com.
1. In your book Odd One Out: The Maverick’s Guide to Adult ADD, you are very open about having ADHD. Could you describe how being overwhelmed can take over someone’s life when they have ADHD?
Adults with ADHD often find themselves caught up in what I call “The Cycle of Overwhelm.” You wake up in the morning feeling completely overwhelmed by all the things you have to do. You spend your entire day thinking about all those things, and trying to get them all done. Your stress builds throughout the day as more and more gets added to your to-do list and little, if any, gets crossed off. You go to bed feeling even more stressed out, and then you wake up the next day and do it all over again.