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LAtest Wellness News
April 29, 2024
Caitlin Black

Navigating Motherhood with ADHD

The journey of motherhood is challenging, complex, and rich with emotion, especially for those living with ADHD. The stigma associated with ADHD often intersects with a unique form of misogyny, particularly aimed at mothers. This blend of prejudice can increase the risk of self-stigmatization as mothers with ADHD may internalize harmful stereotypes and beliefs.

ADHD is frequently misunderstood and surrounded by ongoing debates about its legitimacy as a brain condition. Common misconceptions portray ADHD as merely a lack of diligence, an excuse for being unproductive, or a tactic to gain academic or workplace advantages. These damaging stereotypes erect significant barriers for neurodivergent mothers seeking acceptance and support in their roles.

For these mothers, navigating pregnancy and breastfeeding introduces further obstacles. Traditional medical treatments for ADHD symptoms might be off-limits due to potential risks to the baby’s health. Factors like sleep deprivation, hormonal fluctuations, and the psychological impact of major life transitions can intensify untreated ADHD symptoms. Additionally, encounters with misogynistic micro-aggressions and pervasive stigma around neurodivergence can heighten feelings of isolation.

The intensely sensory and emotionally demanding nature of motherhood, paired with unrealistic societal expectations, can create an overwhelming experience for mothers with ADHD, particularly during the baby’s first year.

So, what steps can you take if you find yourself grappling with these challenges?

Empowering Self-Care and Therapy for ADHD

The most effective form of self-care is to understand how your unique ADHD symptoms intersect with your role as a mother. Engaging in therapy provides a crucial space dedicated to your well-being, free from the daily demands of life. Here, you can redefine your personal narrative as a mother with ADHD. With restored energy from addressing your mental health needs, you might also consider exploring ADHD coaching and tailored treatment strategies. By understanding, processing, and preparing for your triggers, you can manage them more effectively.

As a mother with ADHD myself, I’ve learned the significance of forging my own version of motherhood, even when it diverges from mainstream expectations. Embracing my personal truth and value has helped liberate me from the burdens of internalized shame, which often stems from not fitting societal norms.

If you’re ready to begin crafting your own unique journey through motherhood with ADHD, I encourage you to reach out. Connect with Caitlin at Embodied Resilience, where you can find a supportive environment tailored to your needs. Whether you’re seeking therapy or just a space to be understood, Caitlin is here to help. Start your journey today by exploring Embodied Resilience’s website or calling our office to book your consultation. Let us support you in embracing your motherhood, your way, with all the unique challenges and joys it brings.

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We understand what you are experiencing BECAUSE we have experienced it ourselves, and are still living/dealing with it. This practice was started and has grown on the idea of authenticity, transparency and connection. These values are the bedrock of our practice and the guiding principles in our interactions with you. We invite you to join us on this journey of growth and self-discovery, as we collectively strive towards realizing the fullest potential of our lives. Let's all work together towards building our best life.

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