ADHD at work

Adult ADHD is becoming more known, better understood, leading to improved lives for people affected by it. One area where ADHD can be managed is in the workplace. It can, and should be thought of as a disability. For those working for a progressive employer, it is hoped this is something  you are able to share. Just like in school, you should be able to ask for accomodations.

But for others, in more traditional settings, disclosing that you have ADHD may be more of a burden than a help. This is an unfortunate reality. Adult ADHD is a disorder that still carries stigma, much like disclosing you have depression or anxiety.

So, we rarely see people taking time off to deal with their ADHD treatment. What happens instead is ADHD comes to work with you each and every day. If you are lucky enough to be in a job that is a good fit, such as sales, or something with a lot of variety, you may have managed to be effective at work despite the challenges of ADHD.

Another solution is to learn how ADHD affects the tasks of your job. For many, it means getting a handle on organization, time management, deadlines, hyper-focussing, setting priorities etc. What you really need is an assistant.

That’s where devices, such as computers, smart phones, even alarms can help. There are many new tools to help ADHD’ers better manage their work demands. To find out more, put “assistive devices” into your search engine to see what’s available. There are now many apps to help you – whatever your challenge.

For example, some of the new technologies have timers and alarms connected to the calendar. Put an appointment in, and you will be notified before that appointment comes up. What a relief…you can dive deeply into that assignment, and not have to worry that you might miss your next appointment.

Do you have a favourite? Please comment on this blog, so others with adult ADHD can see what works. And if it didn’t work for you, it might work for someone else with ADHD.

3 comments


  • Hey Marylynn,

    Love the site! So true that there is a stigma about ADD in the workplace, especially for older adults. And yes, there are some great apps (for the iPhone) for time management and task tracking. Tracking how you spend your time for a week is definitely enlightening, for anyone!

    -Brock

    June 4, 2012
  • say you’ve been doing some research and you feel that you might have ADD./ADHD and would like to be teetsd. If he feels other wise go to your regular MD and tell him you want to be teetsd for it. You could also have border lind personality, it’s some missed treated for bi-polar because they are similar.

    June 14, 2012
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    July 10, 2012

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