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ADHD and Noise

Hi, I’ve posted on here a few times before.

I was absent from this site probably for a good reason smile
I got diagnosed and started taking vyvanse.  My interest shifted from being nervous about ADHD to taking my meds every morning and running to work to see what other great thing I could accomplish in this world.  So far I seem to be pretty motivated and successful with it. But that’s about it.  I don’t think I could remember or focus much better on the meds.
My reason for this post is this:
Do any of you have an issue with noise? I just love when its quiet. I can’t stand when people make noise especially, when I need to focus or try to sleep or rest my brain I guess. Any of you have this issue? I get very irritable when people hum next to me,
or if I drive, after a while if I have to focus on changing lanes or listen to the gps. I can not have music or people talk to me.


Hi caringman!

Being sensitive to your surroundings and distration is common with ADHD. This article contains several strategies to block out surrounding environmental noise to maintain focus and concentration:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 18, 2014 at 2:00pm

I understand what you say about enjoying a quiet environment. The problem is that too many things can break the silence and interupt an ADDer’s train of thought.

I work in an open office environment it is quiet, but the random noises drive me crazy. People on the phone, the A/C firing up, people walking by talking, endless cell phone noise and so on…

My solution is music to buffer out the noises around me. I don’t play it very loud, but it helps me focus. Most of the time I’m barely aware of the song that is playing. I do the same thing in the car. My music keeps my sanity.

White noise from a fan is great for sleeping. Maybe you need some sort of buffer? Ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones.

I hope you find something that works for you.

Posted by Distracted1 on Jul 18, 2014 at 2:44pm

Music ALL DAY here. I would not get anything done without music on. I’m not sure if it is because it blocks out the commotion or if it helps me keep moving but I could not run my house without music. Spotify and my timer are my best friends.

Posted by Baldy on Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27pm

I love silence, or at least working without distractions. I can go all day in silence.

I can drive in silence for hours, it gives me time to gather and organize my thoughts. Driving with loud boisterous passengers drives me crazy.. affecting my focus.

A fan works for sleep, music causes thought, making my mind wander.

Alarms for appointments is a must, I can get so focused on tasks time is not important.. the alarm breaks me out of my hyper focus.

Posted by 1addadult on Sep 11, 2014 at 4:33pm

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