A practice of self-compassion has been shown to improve our well-being, motivation, and how we treat people around us. Researchers have demonstrated that from childhood to adulthood, counter to often feared, letting go of perfectionism and self-criticism provides huge benefits in life. It’s not a new-age cry that everyone is perfect as they are, but the opposite – it’s building the ability to tackle challenges with the same benefit of the doubt you would give a close friend. It’s even more vital with ADHD, because of chronic struggles with life management, executive function-based, skills that undermine self-confidence and self-image. Without self-compassion, it becomes that much harder to stay motivated and get a handle on ADHD. For parents, teens, and adults, a healthy dose of self-compassion goes a long way to managing ADHD with more persistence, skill, and success.
- To recognize the impact of ADHD on self-confidence and self-esteem.
- To understand the impact of low self confidence and self-esteem on motivation and resilience.
- To understand the impact of low self confidence and self-esteem on emotion and behavior towards others.
- To explain research in self-compassion on its own and in relation to ADHD
- To introduce self-compassion practices applicable in everyday life.
Who: Dr. Mark Bertin
Dr. Bertin is a developmental pediatrician and author of How Children Thrive and Mindful Parenting for ADHD and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teen ADHD, which integrate mindfulness into pediatric care, and a contributing author for Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. Dr. Bertin is on faculty at NY Medical College and the Windward Teacher Training Institute, on the board of directors for APSARD, the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders, and on the advisory boards of Common Sense Media and Reach Out and Read. His blog can be found through Mindful.org and Psychology Today, and through his website www.developmentaldoctor.com.