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posted: Thursday September 29th - 9:00am

What to Do When ADD Adults Can't Get Motivated

At work, I’m quickly overwhelmed by mundane tasks and, more often, fear of unknown outcomes. To overcome feeling stuck, I rely on listening to loud music to stay focused and use to-do lists and complete small tasks as ways to help me stay focused and feel productive, even when I’m moving at a slow ADHD pace.

Everybody procrastinates, but because I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), I have a propensity to put off the inevitable and necessary far more than the average person. I do this for a variety of reasons, but the two most obvious are boredom and fear. The former has become terribly fashionable because it gives us a face-saving out: The ADD/ADHD mind works too quickly to be...
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posted: Friday September 2nd - 8:00am

How I (Try to) Avoid Being Jealous of My Non-ADHD Peers at Work

Instead of feeling jealous of others’ professional successes, I’ve learned that acknowledging my own weaknesses and relying on other people’s strengths can help me get ahead at work -- and in life.

If you don’t have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), you probably think that the hallmarks of the condition are lateness, inattention, and impulsiveness. But if you live with the condition, you probably focus more on the frustration. In my case, it was always a seething sense of impotence and rage arising from a simple reality: I could never seem to actualize my intentions. And because I...
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