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Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of thoughts and feelings that lead someone to believe they are not good enough or qualified for their accomplishments. Imposter Syndrome is an emotion often felt by those who have ADHD. The feeling can make you question your accomplishments and feel like you’re "faking" it or not good enough, which leads to low confidence and doubts about your abilities. Many feel like imposters in their fields at some point in their careers. This feeling of fraudulence can be paralyzing, leading to self-doubt and a fear of failure. The good news is that there are ways to overcome imposter syndrome. Here are some strategies that can help you manage:

  • Recognize: Impostor syndrome can be tough to overcome, but it's possible if you know the signs. The first step in overcoming imposter syndrome is recognizing when these feelings occur so they don't take over completely. Next is to understand that everyone sometimes feels like an "imposter" or feels they don't deserve their good fortune due to distorted thoughts. These inaccurate evaluations reflect neither actual life abilities nor achievements.

  • Focus: On all those things about yourself that make you feel confident and capable by using fact-based evidence to remind yourself of your strengths and accomplishments. Most people with imposter syndrome have achieved lots despite those occasional unpleasant emotions!

  • Support: Build a support network of people, including family and friends, who will remind you of your successes and encourage you.

  • Practice: Practice coping skills for dealing with feelings of inadequacy, such as positive self-talk and relaxation techniques. Positive self-talk involves changing the negative thoughts associated with imposter syndrome into positive affirmations. For example, instead of thinking, "I'm not qualified for this job," you would tell yourself, "I am qualified for this job, and I can do it well." Studies have shown that positive self-talk can effectively reduce stress and anxiety and improve performance in work and school settings. If you struggle with imposter syndrome, try using positive self-talk to boost your confidence and reframe your thinking. Deep breathing exercises can also relieve stress and relax an overstimulated mind.

  • Seek professional help: Lastly, if imposter syndrome negatively impacts your daily functioning, it may be time to seek professional help. Always remember, you're not alone and don't have to let imposter syndrome stop you from seeking treatment, reaching your potential, and living your best life!

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