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Your boss has mentioned more than once that you need to get your constant procrastination and disorganization under control. Co-workers seem perplexed that you don’t remember things correctly afteryou’ve been told once, and must be told again and again in order to get it right.
When you get home after work, you find that even though you meant to spend only a few minutes checking in on Facebook, hours go by before you realize you’re still at the computer and haven’t even eaten dinner or changed out of your work clothes.
If any of these scenarios sound familiar, it could be that you are one of the 10 million adults in the country with ADHD. Symptoms of ADHD and attention deficit disorder (known as inattentive ADHD or ADD) include difficulty paying attention; being easily distracted; trouble finishing paperwork; fidgeting; talking too much; and procrastination.
If you were not diagnosed with ADHD as a child, you may feel you can’t possibly have it. Or, you may fear getting a diagnosis of ADHD will be the kiss of death for your career, especially if your boss hears about it.
But not taking action to help your condition may lead to you losing your job anyway because of poor performance. Personal and work relationships also can be harmed because those with ADHD often miss social cues and inadvertently hurt or anger someone with their verbal blunders or behavior.
While it may be that you will be prescribed medication to treat your condition, be aware that you have to do more than that to cope with the disorder in the workplace. You’ve got to monitor your own symptoms and see what kinds of situations are most difficult for you, and get input from friends and family who maybe able to spot problem areas. You also may need to work with a coach to improve some skills.
If you have ADHD, there are some ways to help you improve your work performance. Among them:
If you’re unsure of whether you may have ADHD, talk to your physician or a trained mental health professional about the issue. For more information, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/.