Eps 8- Anxiety and Neurodiversity Tip about what it sounds like
Being told you have anxiety and understanding that label in connection with your brain is important
#anxiety #dyslexia #mentalhealth #adultadhd #adultdyslexia #neurodiversity #neurodiversitycoach #successcoach
Hi, I’m JoyGenea, International neurodiversity coach around dyslexia and ADHD.
Today I want to share with you a little bit of my story around anxiety, because anxiety and neurodiversity, they tend to go really close together. So in my mid 20s I went back to college really excited. I was studying in a profession I felt was going to be within my strengths and working full time. So I was a very busy young adult and all of a sudden I was getting up every single day hating the day I couldn’t… All I could think of was how I was failing and it didn’t feel like I was failing forward. It felt more like I was failing completely at everything, all the time and every day I would show up for my professors and instructors and like, I think I need to quit. I’m pretty sure I’m failing everything. I just should quit before I before I do really fail. I just, I don’t want to see those Fs on my report card again. And I just, I I need to quit. And thank goodness my instructors saw something in me that I could not see at the time. And they talked me into showing up every day. They’re like, why do you just come back tomorrow and see how it goes, you know, let’s try it again tomorrow. Let’s see how it goes. I kept coming back and needless to say, I was in the right place and with the right instructors and it was wonderful. And I graduated at the top of my class. And I loved what I did. And I got report cards that had A’s on them and it was so amazing. But I had to fight with that anxiety.
I did seek out a counselor. And they did diagnose me with anxiety, but they didn’t tell me anything about that or what, and I didn’t ask enough questions. I had not asked why they diagnosed me without what that meant. And if there were tools and tricks I could use outside of just medication to help alleviate that, well, I can tell you now, years later, that there are many tools and tricks that can be learned to start to navigate your anxiety and to start to tame that and allow it to not roam free in your mind all of the time. So if you have a neurodiversity, more than likely there’s a high possibility you have some anxiety in there. So learning about what anxiety sounds like for you and how it plays out can be pivotal in changing your life.
So thank you.
This is today’s coaching minute.
Thanks for joining me on another neurodiversity education minute.
I’m JoyGenea, Success Life Coach for Adults with Dyslexia