Do you have (or suspect you have) ADHD? You might recognise the impulsiveness, busy mind, forgetfulness, restlessness and other symptoms that are common in people with ADHD.
Having ADHD has its own challenges (and bonuses!). But when you also experience anxiety, living a normal life, where you can achieve anything that you want to, can be a real struggle. Life can feel out of control, and the shame of “not coping” in the way you feel you ought to take its toll.
Would you like to help to overcome your anxiety? I can help you to be more relaxed and become the best version of you.
So why am I the right person to help? I have experienced anxiety and the symptoms of ADHD first-hand. And since 2011 I have helped hundreds of people.
It was 1997. I was 21 years old, and I’d left university because I’d never been very organised and I couldn’t keep myself focused without the school and home structure I was used to. I’d come back to my hometown, feeling ashamed that I couldn’t manage like everyone else. I didn’t want to live with my mum again, so I rented a flat on my own, and got a job working shifts as a Quality Control Inspector at Wrigley’s.
One day I was walking along the street to my local shops, and I suddenly felt odd. I struggled to breathe. My heart began to race. I felt dizzy and sick, and it suddenly felt like I wasn’t really there. I was terrified, I felt sure I was dying. At the time I didn’t realise, but I was starting to suffer with anxiety, and this was my first panic attack.
Over the next few weeks, I began to have several panic attacks a day. I struggled to sleep, and I couldn’t eat. In fact, for a good while I lived on bananas – and to this day I can’t stand them! Life felt awful. Every day was hard work – glimpses of normality amongst constantly worrying if I was going to be able to manage going to work. Whether I would sleep that night. How I was going to explain if I had to leave a social event due to a panic attack (that’s if I even managed to get out of there house).
Time passed and with some changes in life, a bit of time, and some antidepressants from the doctor, I managed to get over the worst, but I didn’t totally free myself of anxiety.
It was time to take control
Later, in my 30s, I went to see a hypnotherapist and was so impressed with how well it worked for me, I decided to train as a hypnotherapist too. The course I chose taught about working with all sorts of issues, including anxiety.
As the course progressed, I was stunned to realise that my anxiety was so much better, simply by being “practised on” by my fellow students. By the end of the course my anxiety had virtually gone.
I qualified in 2011, and over this time have become one of the most experienced anxiety specialist hypnotherapists in the UK. I’ve helped hundreds of clients, like you, to start enjoying life more, to have better relationships, and to feel much calmer! When your anxiety has gone, it feels like you can do anything you want to do. I work as a clinical advisor on the board of a company which teaches large corporations and their staff how to maintain good mental and emotional wellbeing and have been honoured to be a guest tutor on the very same course which taught me what I know.
So, what does this have to do with ADHD?
Fast forward to 2019, and after a close family member was diagnosed with autism, I recognised some of these characteristics in myself. So, I went to see a consultant specialising in neurodiversity and was astonished to find that not only was I diagnosed with high functioning autism, but also the inattentive form of ADHD.
I was astonished because my only experience of ADHD was my little brother. He was diagnosed as a child and was the typical hyperactive boy. I knew I wasn’t like that. When I learnt more though, I realised that I definitely fit the inattentive type. I’d lived much of my life in constant chaos, constantly feeling bad about myself, and desperately hiding my forgetfulness, disorganisation, and inability to focus.
It all made sense
Once my diagnosis sank in, I learnt more about how anxiety and ADHD are so commonly found together. I knew I had to find a way of working with people like me. I’d already seen my methods worked, after all, they had worked on me. Retrospectively I could think of many clients who I believe may have undiagnosed ADHD who I’ve been able to help.
I learnt everything I could about ADHD and how it affects the brain. I’d found ways to specially adapt the techniques I used to make them more ADHD friendly.
Now I help people with ADHD and their families to overcome anxiety. I work with people one-to-one, all over the world by video call, and my clinic in Plymouth, UK. I’m a clinical advisor for a team helping large corporations. I promote wellbeing in their staff and have accredited (verified) status with the UK’s National Council of Hypnotherapy.
If you think I’m the person to help, I’d love to meet you. Get in touch here if you have any questions or want to find out more. Or, better yet, why not book in for a consultation assessment? This is the perfect way to find out more about me, what I do and how I could help you. What have you got to lose?
Start living well with ADHD.