ADHD and the Lack of Self-Esteem

ID-100365459The first time Rachel (not her real name) entered my office, I thought she could easily be a model! When she mentioned to me how unattractive and stupid she was feeling, I realized how low her self-esteem was. With low self-esteem and negative self-concept often comes low aspirations and expectations which, if not reversed, could lead many individuals like Rachel to be underachievers in their professional and personal lives. The negative self-concept could be caused or worsened by inappropriate comments from parents, educators and other who are not well informed about ADHD.

Some suggestions to help your children build up their self-esteem are:

  • Find something they are good at and help them shine
  • Have them as to be a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) in a class that is easy for them
  • Ask them to guide you occasionally
  • Teach them how to advocate for themselves

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About the Author

Roya Kravetz is a Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Board-Certified Coach (BCC) with the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) with Mentor Coach LLC, and Certified Parent Educator (CPE) with the International Network for Children and Families (INCAF). While there are many life coaches out there, very few are accredited and board certified through the ICF and CCE. Roya specializes in educating and coaching individuals and families with ADHD and Executive Function challenges. She also has experience working with adoptive families who have children with ADHD. Roya has combined her professional skills with her broad cultural background to build a highly specialized national and international coaching practice based in Carmel Valley (San Diego), California. She is multi-lingual and coaches in English and Spanish.

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