Our profession is, by definition, based on a DSM diagnosis. As life coaches, we focus on working with our clients on their personal goals and the pragmatic issues of living with ADHD. We do not diagnose or treat anything, but because of our clientele, we are statistically more likely than other life coaches to encounter clients who are clinically anxious or depressed.
I’m sure you recall in your training to be watchful for signs of these co-occurring conditions. Yet when we do encounter these them, it can be challenging to know just the right thing to say or do. We cannot assume that what we are hearing is or isn’t a danger to a client. Nor can we assume that there would be no legal ramifications.
A recent post by well known executive coach, Tim Kelley, brought this topic to the attention of his coaching community, and pointed his readers at some great resources. It was such a great article that we got permission to reprint it here. I think this article is a great reminder to all of us to look into our own situation and the laws of our own state and I encourage all of us to do so.
Until next time.