ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
is a lifelong condition that affects people’s ability to focus. Memory issues, impulsiveness and difficulty controlling emotions are also common aspects of ADHD.
When people think of ADHD they often think of ‘misbehaving’ or ‘distracted’ young boys in school – when in reality, it affects both men and women throughout their lives.
There are many resources available to young students suffering from ADHD but there often isn’t much support for adults living with it as they enter the workforce.
Adults with ADHD symptoms can really struggle at work especially with maintaining productivity, timekeeping and remembering important information as just a few examples.
On the flipside some individuals can hyperfocus on particular tasks to the exclusion of all others, often to the point of forgetting to eat or drink. This can be fantastic for projects but terrible for self-care and can leave people feeling burn-out.
All of these aspects can lead to ADHD sufferers really struggling at work. This can cause a lot of anxiety and stress – with performance reviews becoming dreaded occasions.
Conversations with bosses who consistently reiterate how much potential you have.. yet are never seemingly being able to keep up these expectations despite how hard you try are also a common and discouraging experience for some.
As someone with ADHD who has experienced all of the above, I wanted to share some helpful coping mechanisms for an office based workplace that have really helped me.
Keep in mind that everybody is different and these suggestions aren’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’, so it’s important to trial and error each of these to see what works for you as an individual.
M’s Top 5 Tips for Managing ADHD in the Workplace