74: Confessions of a High-Functioning, Inattentive, Low-key Impulsive Therapist

Join Nik Young and Alyssa Najera in this sequel to Confessions of a High-Functioning, Anxious Therapist (episode 63) where they awkwardly share their struggles with inattention, delayed gratification, and low-key impulsive behaviors both in their personal and professional lives. Learn how these behaviors have the potential to impact relationships, work functioning, and personal growth and tools to help you navigate.   


In this episode we talk about: 

Tools for Inattention and Impulsivity 

  • Use the resources available to you 
  • Breakup larger tasks into smaller, attainable tasks 
  • Engage in active reflection and self-awareness 
  • Focus on one task at time 
  • Ask yourself 
  • Can it wait? 
  • Do you need it? 
  • Do you need this right now? 
  • Learn healthy coping skills to help you manage symptoms to ensure symptoms do not negatively impact your relationships or daily functioning  

Potential Signs of ADHD 

  • Lack of attention to detail 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Difficulty completing a tasks, having several unfinished tasks or projects 
  • Continually losing or misplacing things 
  • Feel the need to interrupt other before you lose your train of thought 
  • Restlessness and edginess 
  • Difficulty keeping quiet, speaking out of turn 
  • Difficulty with organization 
  • Tendency to procrastinate 
  • Irritability 
  • Feeling like everything is urgent when it may not be 
  • Difficult slowing  
  • Difficulty multitasking  
  • Easily lose track of time, feeling like you have more time that you actually do 
  • Racing though tor jumping from idea to idea 
  • Checking out often or daydreaming 

Potential Signs of High Functioning ADHD 

  • Hyperfocus on projects or deadlines 
  • Heavily focused on productivity or achievement 
  • Your work style either includes lots of breaks or extended period of work with minimal breaks 
  • Excessive use of calendars, reminders, apps to ensure you do not miss appointments, deadlines, or events 
  • Chronic procrastination or you excel under pressure 


Other Factors that May Exacerbate these Behaviors 

  • Anxiety symptoms 
  • Depression symptoms 
  • ADHD symptoms 

Resources Mentioned in this Episode 

What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: 

The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.  

Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: 

Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don’t worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com 

Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a trainer, consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. 


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