ADHD and Leadership

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 25. I was working as a sales rep, then a forklift driver, then a shop assistant then I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I’d always hyper focused on creating 3D art as a hobby and one day after being fired from a job, I begged my wife to let me explore that route.

After 6 months I’d gotten my name out there as a game developer and managed to get a job in the industry, within 5 years I’d climbed from a Junior Environment Artist to a Lead Environment artist overseeing innovative and new games that are well received across the world. Part of my job is to lead a group of artists in creating a realistic world that can be explored. I also took a sidestep and taught Game development at a university before the pandemic. Now I’m still a Lead artist working on some exciting projects. What makes me proud of this achievement is I didn’t finish Primary or secondary school. I’ve now also been published on an academic book I was asked to write.

Henry Kelly

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How to Cope with ADHD

At age 18, I was diagnosed with ADHD. Here is how I cope.

  • First: yoga, deep breathing and stretching. Slowing down my breathing dissipates negativity and I transform into a happy-go-lucky person. The stretching and yoga gives me body space, flexibility and raises dopamine levels. What could be better?
  • Second: address fear and trauma. During childhood, it was unsafe to talk due to my Christian, family values. Also, I was bullied during high school and by my sister. I learned to develop my own self-worth and ignore toxic people.
  • Third: talk therapy. In 2019, I sought therapy. (I’m on my third therapist and she gets me.) She’s a nerdy, cat lady who accepts me, which is amazing. She reminds me of my accomplishments and grants me new skills to use immediately. I take notes to remember important details.
  • My final strategy is writing down daily goals and priorities. I use bright, neon sticky notes. Write down appointments and daily obligations first, then do fun stuff.


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Adhd is just a term
A description we use
Which raises concern
Its not who we are
Its a label we give
Should it determine
The way that we live?
Should it disable us
Or make us feel flawed
Or be an excuse
To close the door?
To make less effort
As we have something to blame
To cause trouble
Cos we aint the same..
If we can see
ADHD is a gift
If we can get underneath it
And give it a lift
Then it becomes
A source of power
An endless energy
For us to devour
Suddenly the world
Seems at your feet
When you turn a disability
Into somethin neat
So lets all celebrate
And take control
Lets be proud
And be lead by the soul.

Claire Allen

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Taking the Compassionate and Mindful Road

I was a teen with ADHD, dyslexia, and learning disabilities. Back then I would try not to be noticed in the classroom because I often did not understand what was going on and I did not want anyone to discover how lost I was. I felt stressed and scared at school because with ADHD I was often losing things and was chronically disorganized.

As an ADHD adult I want everyone to know that what made all the difference in my life was learning overtime to utilize my strengths, learning to ask for help, mindfulness training, and most importantly learning self compassion practices. Learning to be self compassionate when struggling with ADHD traits has helped me rise up again and again on my valued life path with inner encouragement rather than harsh inner criticism. For the past 25 years I have been working as a mental health professional. I own my own counseling practice center where I am so very grateful to be teaching mindfulness and self-compassion practices to children and adults with ADHD.

Chris Fraser

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