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How to Hit Pause on ADHD Impulsivity

Poor impulse control can sabotage your relationships, your budget, and your self-esteem. Here, ADHD expert Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., shares his strategies for solving five common impulsivity problems at work, in social settings, and in your head.

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  1. This is the story of my life. I identify with this completely. This is one of the best essays I’ve read in ADDitude …. EXCEPT for the last paragraph. Never, ever admit that you have this affliction to your peers and especially your boss. ADD/ADHD is no laughing matter. I’ve seen too many people who were suspected of having some kind of mental illness problem get fired!

    There are very few types of business where you might get away with a public admission: medicine and maybe education. The people with these kinds of career backgrounds are well-meaning but very naive in my opinion. I have always worked in the for-profit electronics industry and these guys do not tolerate any mistakes, missed deadlines or any whiny mealy-mouth excuses.

    I have had a good working career for over 40 years, so I know what I’m talking about. I have the image of a somewhat eccentric nerd but publicly admitting to having ADD/ADHD will make you the office pariah and you will end up on the HR director’s secret layoff list and never know why.

    If you need help, get help. ADDitude magazine is a solid, dependable friend but be careful out there.

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