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Finally home after a 13 hour day.

1:1 #coaching all morning, leading a case conference at a school in Rugby this afternoon and then hosting our ADHD Wise Peterborough support group this evening with the help of my daughter Becca and the lovely Jacki Cairns.

Tired but happy. Feeling like mine is an ideal job in many ways for an #ADHD er. Varied and purposeful.

Tomorrow is easier so I get to recover as Monday was bonkers too!

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It's been 7 years since we discovered #ADHD is part of our family dynamic. 7 years since Kiki first tried meds.
She was 19 then and was already diagnosed with Asperger’s. I flipped and didn't believe it at first. But the meds helped so much that it was undeniable. Will was diagnosed soon, after and then I followed. Becca took a while longer but is also diagnosed.

Knowledge is power. Meds are not a cure all. Life got better almost immediately after each diagnosis because with it comes with an understanding and a framework for adjustments.

Each of us is living out best life. It's not easy, but together, we have got this. 🥰

***Pic is my Vicki (Kiki) with our Chihuahua puppy this summer.
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Stew on timer in pressure cooker.
3.5 mile run complete.
Now for a shower and return something to the shops before I forget, lose the receipt or leave it too late.

This is a productive day but the problem with #ADHD is that we are consistently inconsistent. What I would say though is that if you champion the good days, there will be more of them. Positivity moves us forward and negativity draws us back.

I’ve struggled lately, but that’s okay. I will struggle again. But for now, I’m going to enjoy my day of feeling like the boss of my own life.

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Working through the challenges...

Jannine Harris MA PCGE QTLS is an MSc Psychology student at the University of Liverpool. Jannine is brutally honest and open about her life with ADHD and is passionate about ‘Promoting Positive Outcomes‘.

ADHD can affect anyone. If you, your child, a family member, a child in your class, an employer, your partner have ADHD, or you suspect that they might, they have had it since birth, and will always have it. It cannot be ‘cured’ but it can be managed – and even developed as an advantage.

ADHD Wise UK has been set up by adults who are diagnosed with ADHD themselves and use it to good effect. We want to champion the possibilities, and ‘promote positive outcomes’ for those with ADHD. It’s a tough condition to live with because we don’t behave the way society expects ut to. It shouldn’t be forgotten though that we have incredible strengths and make good employees – once we find the right careers with the right employers.

ADHD is a controversial condition because difficulties experiences fall onto a spectrum. Everyone’s experiences inattentiveness, impulsiveness and hyperactivity at some point and to varying degrees. In the UK in particular, ‘a diagnosis must be useful’. Anyone with an ADHD diagnosis has been assessed by a psychologist as having significant and lifelong difficulties that prevent them from functioning within society as effectively as their peers. It’s great that most people can relate to these difficulties to some extent, but that does not mean that they comprehend what it would be like to be permanently battling with your attention span, your impulsiveness and your energy levels. ADHD is accepted as ‘real’ by professionals by and large. Denying its legitimacy is unhelpful, unkind and unwarranted.

Anything is possible. Many of us are capable of turning our hand to most things and being really good at it for as long as it remains interesting to us. What is not possible for us though, is ‘everything’. That is overwhelming! We think too much and too quickly, unless we are allowed to do one thing at a time, until completion – but even this (hyper-focus), we need to be taught. The other thing we won’t manage is boredom. We need life to keep us on our toes. If classrooms and workplaces have too much downtime, we will make our own entertainment, or not attend. We also need to know ‘why’ we are doing something, or we cannot find the motivation to do it -because we have lower dopamine levels than the average person.

There is a reason for everything and a host of potential solutions to every ADHD issue. ADHD Wise UK is entirely ‘solution focussed’ and will always endeavour to help you navigate the challenges ahead.

Jannine Harris

Jannine has featured in articles in The Guardian, Society for Education, Training (SET) and ADHD Action. She is a member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH), and the Society for Education, Training (SET) and student membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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Learnt more

"My employer sent me on a days 'Inroduction to ADHD' course, and it was fine. But I learnt more from Jannine in an hour".

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We'er in this together

"Clever and passionate lady who is on a mission to make a change for the better. No more shaming. I didn't know I was even doing it. 'It's okay. You're okay'. 'We're in this together - NO MATTER WHAT (bear/dog)'! Thank you Jannine".

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Embrace the crazy

"Ok. I get it now. If I want things to change for my [ADHD] child, I've got to learn to 'embrace the crazy'".

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Without running yourself into the ground

"If you want to know how to help your ADHD pupils without running yourself into the ground, Jannine can help".

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Walking Talking

"She is a walking talking ADHD lesson, and everyone needs to hear her".

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Force to be reckoned with

"Jannine delivers a unique perspective on ADHD that brings together theory and practice. Her passion and knowledge make her a force to be reckoned with. I went into the session as a sceptic and came out as a passionate believer".

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Daydream believer to high achiever

We laughed, We cried and We grew... Thank you Jannine for facilitating change and positive outcomes in my family.

Henry Watson Father

Wonderful course. My work life has gone from strength to strength. Brilliant techniques. Thank you!

Christina Smith ADHD adult