ADHD in Work

  • There’s a big difference between a job and a career. You may have the right career but in a job that’s affecting your ADHD.
  • A career is a collection of jobs in a general field. There are many different jobs within this career path. For example, you may work in medicine. You could be a doctor, an administrator, a health and social worker, among many other options.
  • There are no perfect human beings that can do everything. A lot of the time, it’s about finding what suits you and flourishing in that environment.

What job factors do adults with ADHD report as helpful?

Stress and challenge can actually ease symptoms. Stressful situations force you to pay attention and overcome distraction. Having complex challenges can promote full engagement at work.

Having many different or new tasks can also help concentration and brain stimulation.

Busy and fast-paced jobs mean you're always on the go and need to be able to multi-task. It can be really difficult for adults with ADHD to manage the feeling of being bored so keeping busy can ease that.

Physically active work is a way of releasing excess energy.

Hands-on work can help focus, as well as learning by doing rather than studying from a book.

A natural interest in an area makes a huge difference to memory and makes it easy to focus.

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