Functioning in the Workplace with ADD/ADHD

ADD/ADHD or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a disorder where the person afflicted suffers from inattentiveness, hyperactivity, or a combination of both. This disorder is mostly associated with children, but there are many adults who deal with its effects every day. ADHD can make it difficult for an adult to function in their day to day lives, especially when it comes to the workplace.

Most adults with ADD/ADHD have been dealing with the disorder since their childhood. If they are lucky, they were diagnosed with the disorder during their school years and have been receiving treatment.  Unfortunately, that treatment has too often been medication. As ADHD adults, most people are looking at a more natural way to manage their symptoms.

ADD/ADHD symptoms are often disruptive when it comes to job performance. Symptoms of the inattentive aspect of ADD/ADHD are: difficulty in paying attention at all or in detail, listening, following instructions, organizing, remembering, and focusing.  In the workplace, difficulty in these areas makes it hard for one to be successful.

The hyperactive aspect of this disorder has the following symptoms: being too talkative, not being able to sit still, struggling to complete quiet tasks, impatience, and unable to restrain from emotional outbursts. The hyperactive part of ADHD can be very disruptive at the workplace.  When hyperactivity and inattentiveness combine, the symptoms make it difficult for an adult to function successfully in the workplace at all.

In addition to these, adults with ADHD often have differences in the way they perceive the world and therefore in the way they communicate with those around them. It’s important also to consider the ways in which ADHD in adults can cause difficulties in relationships.

It is very important for the ADHD adult to get their symptoms under control in order to be productive at their job, so it is worthwhile to explore the world of ADHD treatment options. Beyond medication, there are several ways to manage adult ADHD.  There are some wonderful self help tools available today in regard to ADHD adult treatments.

As with all things, exercise and a healthy diet are key.  The exercise helps burn off excess energy and the healthy diet, with limits on sugar, can help with mood swings. Getting enough sleep can also help to control symptoms. Proper rest can reduce stress and enable a person to be more focused and productive. Time management techniques can also help. By scheduling activity along with frequent breaks, a person with ADHD can focus and deal with distractions better. It is also a good idea for the adult with ADHD to solicit the help of family, friends, and colleagues. A good support system will be understanding of the person’s ADHD and will help them stay motivated to follow through with their ADHD adult treatment techniques.

There are also professional services to help with the management of adult ADHD. Look for counselors trained in ADHD. They can be either personal therapists or family therapists that practice talk therapy or cognitive-behavior therapy. There are also ADHD support groups that can be contacted or attended. Some ADHD adults use behavioral coaches or professional organizers to help maintain control in their lives.

Recently, there have been online programs that can provide ADD/ADHD treatments for adults. Most center on using cognitive training exercises that help increase attention, strengthen concentration, improve planning, develop organizational skills, teach distraction limitation, and fortify self image and confidence. They use testing and reinforcement to modify behavior and control symptoms. These are self help programs that most adults feel more comfortable doing. Seeking help in the comfort of your own home removes the stigma that dealing with this disorder can often have.

It is important to remember that adult ADD/ADHD really does exist. Recognizing the symptoms of adult ADD/ADHD and how it affects a person’s job performance is only half the battle. Seeking and using the available ADD/ADHD adult treatments out there can help manage the disorder and help bring productivity back.

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