After identifying the Emotional Distress Syndrome (EDS) associated with ADHD, James Ochoa introduces a resource that helps. Finally, with his book, Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD, you can navigate the storms of your emotional realm. As he explains, “Navigating is very different from managing…navigators explore the world!”
So, whether you are trying to manage getting through your day or off discovering shiny new things, this book has tools that can help you as you inevitably weather your storms.
James’ Awesome Quote:
Emotional Distress Syndrome
“The Emotional Distress Syndrome (EDS), identified and coined by James Ochoa, is the cumulative effect of the neurological processing differences and behavioral challenges associated with ADHD. It’s a chronic state of emotional stress directly related to the struggle to live life with ADHD, a stress that breaks down emotional tolerance, stamina and the ability to maintain a strong sense of well being and spiritual health. The chronic, lifelong nature of ADHD–related stress can increase to such a level that it becomes a syndrome akin to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Same as with other ADHD symptoms, there’s good news and bad news. Consequently, you have choices to make:
- 1) It won’t disappear on its own. One way or another, you’ll have to manage your emotional distress for the rest of your life.
- 2) If you choose not to manage the emotional distress, the EDS will continue to erode your sense of emotional, mental and physical well-being.
But don’t despair–the Emotional Distress Syndrome can be navigated.
- 3) You are not broken.
- 4) You can live a full, interesting, potential-reaching life.”
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“In Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD, author and self proclaimed “ADHD-er” James M. Ochoa, LPC goes beyond the management and scheduling techniques most ADHD books focus on to deal with what really holds so many ADHD-ers back—the emotional fallout of ADHD. He helps readers identify, manage and alleviate symptoms of a PTSD-like condition he calls the Emotional Distress Syndrome, with practical, proven advice including:
Understanding the link between ADHD and emotional distress
What Emotional Distress Syndrome (“EDS”) feels like
How to construct an Emotional Safe Place
How to recruit your own Mental Support Group
Eight essential tools to help you cope
With wisdom, humor, and plenty of (sometimes painful) empathy, Focused Forward will help adults with ADHD move past the pain and shame toward a future full of possibility, balance and joy.”
Especially relevant is that this book continues the conversation about the emotional component to ADHD that we started a few episodes ago. So, please keep the discussion going, below.
Additional Resources Mentioned:
Lidia Zylowska, M.D.