In North America, there are hundreds of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) coaches, but people, especially adults, remain sceptical. Hopefully, a study conducted by Joyce Kubik in the United States between 2001 and 2005 that demonstrates the benefits of this practice as a solution for the neurological problem that definitely affects adults, will help overcome that scepticism.
We’ve come a long way since the days we thought ADHD affected only children; today we know it continues to affect people into adulthood in many different ways. Inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are the most frequently reported symptoms in people with ADHD, but curiosity, creativity, intuition and artistic expression are qualities that also seem to be heightened. Coaching works to moderate negative symptoms while helping people with ADHD take full advantage of their positive traits.
Study of the Long-Term Efficacy of ADHD Coaching
Joyce Kubik conducted this study on the behaviour of people with ADHD for four years beginning in 2001 after evaluating 22 different ADHD symptoms in 45 subjects before and after coaching. From one to four years following coaching, she re-evaluated the subjects. The results were nothing short of astounding:
In the face of these conclusive results, perhaps some of the positive effects of coaching on the personal and professional lives of people with ADHD bear repeating (or even to be shouted from the rooftops)?
Life is better when you’re organized, engaged and creative. For adults with ADHD, coaching can help, and the impact is far-reaching. As an adult with ADHD, your life will improve at home because you have more time and energy to engage with your family, and that will make life better for your family. With coaching for adults with ADHD, family life becomes more stable and together, you and your family will be able to consider setting goals and tackling short‑, medium- and long-term projects. And your life will improve at work as well. You’ll be able to accomplish more and advance your career. Your employer will be pleased at your increased productivity and the impact on the bottom line, and you’ll be rewarded for your contribution.
While the immediate results are very positive, even more encouraging is the durability of coaching results over time.
Excellent results both immediately and over the long haul make ADHD coaching a treatment option we simply can’t ignore. Yes, ADHD can be treated.
Source: Kubik, Joyce A. 2010. Efficacy of ADHD Coaching for Adults with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorder Volume 13 Number 5 pp. 442-453