Inattention or Hyperactive Issues in Adults: What to do

Attention-Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (also known as ADHD) is a neuro-developmental disorder that is characterised by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that impacts the individual’s level of functioning or development. In the United States, the overall prevalence rate of adults suffering with ADHD is 4.4% so it is a relatively common condition. 

Although the symptoms of ADHD begins during childhood, some people may remain undiagnosed until adulthood (especially those who present with inattentive rather than hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms).  (attach link to Inattention in Adults – Understanding symptoms)

Steps you can try yourself to help

Click WebMD video to learn How to Manage ADHD at Work

  • Cut out distractions to help you focus
  • Try to sit in a quiet area or cubicle to do your work
  • Use headphones to cut out noise from your co-workers
  • Complete one task at a time and be organised
  • Use check lists to help you stay focussed
  • Talk a walk out of the office to a nearby park or art gallery during lunch break to recharge
  • A brisk walk or exercise at a gym can help reduce stress or anxiety
  • Listen and follow a meditation class or podcast to help you relax

Have a chat with a Healthcare Professional

If you have some of the symptoms mentioned above or think you may have ADHD, it is advisable to speak to a mental Healthcare Professional such as  counsellor or psychologist.   You can then discuss your symptoms, your work schedule, your medical history or any family history with the Healthcare Professional who can then recommend a treatment plan suitable for you.

Treatment for Adults with ADHD

Adults with ADHD are typically treated with psychotherapy, medication or a combination of both.  Psychotherapy using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) focuses on managing the symptoms of ADHD through reinforcement and consequences. CBT also helps in terms of understanding the underlying causes of the behaviour, as well as to challenging and reframing your thoughts and perceptions.

Click KatieMorton video on What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention from your doctor or other professional healthcare providers. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

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