ADD, ADHD & Executive Functioning…Preparing for a Major Event

Brooke E. CarrollI am sure everyone knows the feeling of seeing something life-changing on the horizon. This includes having children, graduating from school, ending a job, etc. It is like the tidal wave is coming at you slowly and gaining momentum by the moment. So what is one supposed to do? Why is it important for someone with ADD, ADHD or Executive Functioning concerns to prepare ahead of time?

Being prepared for these types of events will make the difference. In my personal and professional experiences, it is extremely important to have a plan in place. Let me give you a personal example…in May of 2010, we had our second child. She is a beautiful girl (not that I’m biased or anything but see for yourself). There are many considerations that my wife and I needed to address. This included setting up her room, getting her health insurance, finding a nanny, and buying clothes (we had a son as a our first child, so the clothes thing may not always work for both children) just to name a few. While our daughter was a scheduled delivery, there always is a chance we’ll go to the hospital early so having a bag packed and ready to go along with someone to watch our son on speed dial is also necessary.

I left many details out about having a baby, but I just wanted a small taste for those of you that haven’t had children quite yet. It is never as easy as it seems on TV or in the movies, but can be made easier by planning ahead. Let’s take a situation slightly different than the birth of a child…losing a job. You’ve been working for a company for many years. In your last envelope, you get two-weeks notice. While it could be for a variety of reasons, no one ever wants to lose his or her job. It is a very painful feeling. So how do you handle this?

I always advise clients to take the high road. While it feels good to create a scene and demand answers, it just doesn’t fix the problem. In fact, I had one client that after receiving two-weeks notice received a call from that employer asking her to come back after a month. It was because she treated the situation appropriately (and was told by her superiors as much). A pound of flesh is not worth anything at the end of the day.

Sometimes we do not have this luxury of being able to anticipate something. That is for another day.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit and I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on Facebook and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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