Success with ADHD
It can happen when ADHD is treated
ADHD is a disorder that affects a person’s personal, organizational and project management skills and behavior. But will it hold you back? Not necessarily.
According to Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), a third of adults with ADHD learn to lead fairly unaffected lives. Half of adults with ADHD experience some symptoms that interfere with their daily lives and relationships. Only 10 percent have serious problems. Between 50 and 67 percent of people who have ADHD continue to have symptoms when they grow up.
Most people with ADHD find success with a combination of medication and behavior modification. Learning how to cope early on can help. A structured work, play, or school environment helps people with ADHD focus. In turn, this raises the odds that they will do well. This includes creating routines to deal with things you need to do every day. Just remember, routines and systems don’t work if you don’t stick to them. Also, try to work in a quiet place. Busy places can be distracting.
People who have ADHD often shy away from projects or assignments that are complicated or that seem boring. Dividing each big task into a number of smaller ones can help make projects seem less daunting. Write lists of things that need to be done and check off each item as you complete it. A dedicated calendar or date book can help you keep track.
For example, if you have to write a 10-page report, the beginning of your list might include the following steps:
- Check out books on your topic from the library
- Schedule two hours each day to read and take notes
- Take notes on the relevant passages from each book
- Schedule time to review your notes
- Write the report outline
- Write the first draft
Because organization is so important, don’t be afraid to use the right physical tools to get the job done. Try using a notebook with dividers to keep track of projects, with one section for each type of work. People with ADHD can be forgetful. Write reminder notes for upcoming tasks. Stick them in places you’re be sure to see them. Or keep a “to-do” list with you, in your wallet or purse so you can refer to it often.
With the right kind of support, kids and adults who have ADHD can be very successful both at school and at work.
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