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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is defined as a “persistent pattern of inattention or hyperactivity—impulsivity that is more frequently displayed and more severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development.” These persistent patterns of inattention or hyperactivity can affect relationships, education, work, and sense of self. While we can all become a little hyperactive and inattentive at work – especially on Monday mornings or Friday afternoons – those with ADHD deal with these feelings of restlessness and lack of focus every moment. This can make organization, deadlines, and a normal workload seem overwhelming.
It’s not uncommon for those with ADHD to take work home with them to catch up, and sometimes they aren’t always supported by their employers. While some employers may be accommodating and help their employees become more productive, others will not be accommodating to this disability and may even let their employees go. Many still do not understand ADHD. This can lead those suffering with the disease to depression, anxiety, and a lack of confidence and self-esteem, especially in the workplace.
Due to this lack of understanding, many opt to keep their disability a secret from their employers. One way to overcome this is for those with ADHD to chose jobs that are high energy, involve movement, and allow ADHD to be an asset, not a hindrance. Another way to deal with this issue is to find ways to become very organized, such as using spreadsheets or a daytimer. Learning to manage workflow and employing time management strategies can help tremendously. Also, those with ADHD should learn to avoid interruptions by turning off their phones when they need to focus, or setting email or scheduling reminders, so these events do not stand in the way of their focus.
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