Adult ADHD and Work Challenges
While those living with ADHD are still quite capable of achieving successful careers and thriving personal lives, others have difficulty managing the many challenges faced as a result of ADHD symptomatology. That’s why it’s important to consider seeking professional guidance from an ADHD counselor or ADHD coach online.
Withstanding the challenges that those with ADHD faced in the workplace in the pre-pandemic world, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a whole new set of challenges. Not only has it impacted those who’ve already been diagnosed with ADHD, but it’s shown a drastic increase in new ADHD diagnoses for adults 18 years of age and older.
Similarly, those struggling with ADHD aren’t the only ones impacted by the pandemic. In fact, the employers and workplaces themselves face related challenges when it comes to the accommodation of those with ADHD.
As we’ve seen across populations, the pandemic has caused a plethora of consequences and statistically significant shifts in society and the way it operates; from increased unemployment rates, mental health problems, and other unprecedented public health and economic impacts.
In short, seeking an experienced ADHD counselor who can assist with the struggles associated with ADHD in the workplace, providing coping mechanisms and management techniques that will set you on a path of liberation and relief is a course of action worth pursuing; this becomes even more apparent in the face of the pandemic and all of its related challenges…
With that said, in what follows, we dive deep into the struggles of ADHD, specifically as it pertains to the workplace. Further, we share the advantages of seeking professional help and guidance via counselling and psychotherapy.
ADHD doesn’t have to be debilitating. Though it will always present challenges to those who struggle with it, it doesn’t have to impact your quality of life and the way in which you function in it.
In order to assure that this holds true, it’s imperative to identify strategies, accommodations, and implementations, both inside of the workplace and out, to help manage and cope with associated symptoms associated with ADHD…
ADHD and its Associated Symptoms of Concern
Whether we’re talking about a post-pandemic work environment or not, those living with ADHD have historically struggled to succeed in the professional and academic world. This is, in large part, because the associated symptoms impact directly the skills and characteristics desired in such a workplace.
These desirable skills and characteristics include but are certainly not limited to time management skills, focus, social intelligence, decisiveness, and attention to detail.
In fact, according to a 2006 publication regarding The Effects of ADHD on Employment and Household Income (1), adults with ADHD are less likely to achieve any level of academic or professional success, less likely to be employed out of high school (33.9% full-time employment vs. 59% full-time employment, respectively), and thus more likely to struggle with unemployment.
As a result, this statistic trickles into other areas of life such as household income. According to CHADD, adults with ADHD earn about 17% less than their non-ADHD peers (2).
Below are some of the most common ADHD and other neurodiverse-associated symptoms that tend to be a cause for concern in the professional workplace:
From noises and subtle movements, external distractions, no matter how little, can impact the quality of work of someone struggling with ADHD. Contrastingly, internal distractions such as daydreaming are commonplace in ADHD symptomatology; an undesirable trait in any professional environment.
Depending on how severe the ADHD is, adults with ADHD might impulsively react to certain situations in an aggressive or tempered manner. This can also be a consequence of low social intelligence scores as we’ll discuss shortly.
Because of the distractibility and poor time management traits of those struggling with ADHD, procrastination tends to be the result. As one can presume, procrastination in the workplace is a direct cause of incomplete work; an unacceptable situation in any work environment.
- Poor Time Management
The inability to manage time in an efficient and considerate manner is one of the biggest challenges for those struggling with ADHD or other neurodiverse conditions. Luckily, with the help of an ADHD counselor and/or neurodiversity consultant, strategies can be implemented to improve time management skills.
- Lack of Social Intelligence
From a lack of social awareness of social cues to frequent interrupting and poor listening skills, adults with ADHD commonly lack the social intelligence to thrive in the workplace.
Other symptoms that can have an impact in the workplace include memory issues, hyperactivity, lack of attention to detail, and stimulation issues resulting in boredom and lack of productivity.
It’s no surprise, then, that neurodivergent employees experience much higher turnover rates and lower job satisfaction scores than their neurotypical colleagues.
Luckily, through counselling and other psychological interventions, adults with ADHD can dramatically improve ADHD-associated symptoms, thus improving their success inside of the workplace and out.
Similarly, for HR departments, workplaces, and employers alike, workplace training and retention initiatives have been shown to drastically mitigate many of the ADHD-associated workplace metrics (i.e. poor retention, poor performance, low job satisfaction, etc). (3)
The Impact of the Pandemic on ADHD Patients
Those with ADHD or other neurodiverse have struggled historically in the workplace, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these challenges; from lockdowns and social isolation to work-from-home requirements and all of the distractions that come with it.
While all populations have been impacted dramatically by the challenges brought about by the pandemic, those with ADHD are particularly vulnerable in comparison to their non-ADHD peers.
In fact, amidst the worst of the pandemic in 2020, inquiries to Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) increased by a whopping 77% (4), illustrating just how prevalent ADHD and its challenges were as a result of the pandemic.
Apart from the increase in emotional distress (5) for those struggling with ADHD amidst the pandemic, we’ve also seen an increase in disruptive behavioural impairments, an exacerbation of irritability and mood swings, and the development of related conditions such as OCD.
There’s no doubt that the pandemic has weighed heavily on everyone, however, particularly those living with ADHD and other neurodiverse conditions. As a result, psychologists and counsellors alike have been working to counterbalance these challenges, ultimately helping them return to pre-pandemic normality, both in the workplace and in life.
That’s where we here at The CEO Within come into play… With a passion for social change, boasting expertise in workplace well-being (6) and counselling for those struggling with neurodiverse conditions, our aim is to help those impacted by the pandemic and other real-world challenges so that they can continue to thrive in the face of adversity.
Not only do we help with the management of ADHD-related symptoms but we also help identify workplace accommodations to make such a workplace more manageable, both for the individual with ADHD and the employer.
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At The CEO Within, we seek to help others live their best lives through fulfillment, purpose, and happiness. Confident that we provide the best ADHD online treatment available, we look forward to helping you become a thriving member of society, not just an existing one…
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