AREAS OF INTEREST
I have a particular interest in adults with ADHD and in visual and performing artists.
Some people self-diagnose after hearing or reading about ADHD or after their child has been diagnosed. The condition in adults, when undiagnosed and untreated for years, frequently has led to feelings of low self-worth, anxiety, depression, and even despair of not fitting in with the people around you, not being able to develop a satisfying career, and difficulties in close relationships. The only good news about ADHD is that it is the most treatable of all psychiatric problems. A combination of medication and skills training can greatly improve the problems ADHD’rs have with time blindness, disorganization, procrastination, impulsivity and distractibility.
The person who identifies as an artist often feels their identity is split between two equally necessary domains: the outer world of work and commerce, and the inner world from which the artist’s creations emerge. The tension between the day job identity and the artist identity can be very painful and challenging to one’s sense of living an authentic life in our society. Talking in a psychological way with a therapist who is also an artist can be very helpful.