Do you have trouble following through with things?
Do you have difficulty organizing tasks or activities?
Do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
Do you avoid tasks that require sustained mental attention?
The answer may be simpler than you think.
You may have AD/HD, Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder.
People suffering from AD/HD often wake up in the morning already feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by the prospect of all they have to do. They may spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about all their responsibilities, while more and more things pile up. They often go to bed having accomplished little of what they had hoped to, feeling more stressed out than ever. This vicious cycle can repeat, day after day with the constant overwhelm leading to burn out, problems with depression and/or anxiety.
Psychotherapy can help you break this cycle. Learning to slow down enough to focus on the basics is half the battle; it starts with proper sleep, a healthy diet, daily exercise, and regular social contact. It is far easier to manage the symptoms of AD/HD when feeling physically and emotionally grounded. It is also important to learn to embrace one's authentic strengths, which may be very different from those of the mainstream. There is no reason to impose values, systems or strategies that work for the majority on yourself if they have not proven effective for you. Finally, it is critical to learn how to effectively manage your space and time and this is where the structure of weekly psychotherapy can be most helpful.
Psychotherapy can help you acquire the tools, systems and strategies to manage your time effectively and become more organized in your daily life. Simply taking the time to plan your day can help you make incremental improvements in your organization and time management. Over time, these skills grow, building confidence, positively impacting self-esteem, and reducing stress. For an online test to see if you have symptoms of AD/HD, please visit: http://psychcentral.com/addquiz.htm
If you think you may have AD/HD, I welcome hearing from you to discuss your concerns and how therapy can help. Please call my confidential voicemail at: (415) 292-5888 or email me to set up a free initial telephone consultation.