Attention Deficit Disorder and the Workplace

Attention Deficit Disorder and the Workplace

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) are two of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric conditions in children; yet for the 2 percent of the adult population that also lives with these disorders, resources and support are scarce.

In fact, many adults struggle all their lives with undiagnosed ADD or ADHD impairments, making their regular daily activities, including full-time employment, enormously challenging.

Some of the most common symptoms of ADD and ADHD in adults include:

– difficulty concentrating
– trouble processing large amounts of information at once
– difficulty listening and following instructions
– tendency to procrastinate
– forgetfulness
– poor organizational skills
– mental health disorders including depression and anxiety

In the workplace, these symptoms can significantly inhibit an individual from completing the essential duties of their work and may require them to be granted special modifications in order to succeed in completing their responsibilities. In severe cases, the disorder may be considered disabling if symptoms inhibit the individual from performing the essential duties of their job.

While more resources and tools are becoming available to adults with ADD and ADHD, there is still a lot of progress to be made on the part of employers to help create successful work environments for individuals with ADD / ADHD and for insurance companies to acknowledge the sometimes disabling nature of these disorders for those who are unable to work.

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