Do you just stare at your laptop at times and realize you couldn’t keep track of your time?

Do you impulsively take projects and are you unable to finish the deadlines?

Are you always late at work?

Has procrastination become a habit for you?

If this sounds familiar then take a look at how ADHD can manifest at the workplace. As per DSM-5, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. The characteristics involve inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity and combined symptoms. Untreated or unrecognized ADHD can impact the productivity of an employee.

Following are some symptoms associated with ADHD at the workplace.

Time Management:
You may experience difficulty in managing time. It can also affect your ability to calculate the proper amount of time to set aside for certain tasks. It may be difficult to remember work activities that occur later in the week or month.

 Memory difficulties are also one of the symptoms which affect your ability to complete tasks at work. You may forget certain job duties or may be unable to recall daily actions or activities. It is usually caused due to inattentiveness.

Another symptom is the lack of concentration. It can be attributed to auditory and/or visual distractions. For instance employee chatter, opening and closing of elevator doors, office traffic, common office noises, etc.

Organization and Prioritization:
You may also experience trouble in staying or getting organized or difficulty prioritizing tasks at work. For instance, managing paperwork.

Social Skills: 
Due to ADHD, you may have certain limitations in adaptive skills such as communicating with others. For instance interrupting others when working or talking, demonstrating poor listening skills, lack of eye contact while communicating.

Notice if you’ve been experiencing over- activity or impulsive behavior, this could either disturb the environment at work or could hinder efficient and effective work performance.

Difficulty in performing many tasks at one time is observed. It could occur regardless of the similarity of tasks or the frequency of performing the tasks.

If you are experiencing various such symptoms then consult your psychologist or psychiatrist for confirmed diagnosis. Further, Counseling will help in taking charge of your ADHD at the workplace. It will also help you in recognizing your strengths and how to deal with each symptom effectively. Hence, ADHD can be managed with various coping strategies with the help of counseling. More Information

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