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Hey I’m new to the group and I was wondering if anyone has had any trouble being at work and getting in trouble with not focusing.  I know that its a trait for adhd people not under medication to do so but it’s getting out of hand now.  I’m waiting to get tested for my medication again and have no idea what I can do since I never told my employer of my current situation.


Telling your boss or a coworker requires careful consideration.  Do you trust him/her? Will he/she hold that information confidentially and help you in the areas you need help?  Or will he/she look like they are going to respond well, but later use the information against you?  Two of my bosses have been wonderful and supportive.  One threw me under the bus.  I was lucky that one of the wonderful bosses rescued me and repaired most of the damage done.  The thought of one of the wonderful bosses asking me if I’ve been late lately, is usually enough to get me out of the house and on my way to work.  I’m avoiding the focusing question.  It’s a hard one.  What works for one person doesn’t for another. I work in a school, so while I go to the same classes most every day, no day is the same.  It’s helpful to have a job with a lot of variety.  Have you looked at ADHD stores online?  They have physical things that vibrate how often you set them for.  Can the doctor give you a low dose of what you were on to get you through to the appointment?  I think I’ve seen articles on this magazine that talk about ADHD and ADA issues.  I wish I had answers for you.

Posted by whizinc on Jul 27, 2014 at 5:26am

I have only ever told one employer, the personnel officer actually.  They understood the situation, and commented that becuase I was working with a bunch of very nerdy computer programmers (who she though were all mildly autistic) that I should be OK.

Focus with out meds—
I have used great big, bright yellow, industrail ear-muffs. Some people take offense (Why?) but most see that I don’t want to be disturbed or distracted.
Use music and ear buds.  I prefer classical piano or flute. Songs distract me and I begin to listen to the words.
Sometimes, I put the ear buds inside the big ear muffs, then I hear Nothing else.
I self-medicated on cups of hot tea and chocolate.  Other people use coffee.

Posted by Bob from Cootamundra on Jul 27, 2014 at 2:17pm has many articles that offer strategies for staying focused at work when you have ADHD. Pick a few that speak to you and try them out. Give it time though, changing behavior is a marathon, not a sprint.

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

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 28, 2014 at 5:08pm

You probably should tell your HR dept and provide Doctor Files to them. But also take lots of notes and make lots of lists it helps!

Posted by Belly21 on Jul 28, 2014 at 8:17pm

I am successfully retired with ADHD and Dyslexia
You have two minds conscience and sub conscience
Buy the book Power of your sub conscience mind by Dr.
Joseph Murphy
You will not need drugs and you will accomplish all your dreams I am proof

Good Luck
Ice Price

Posted by ice price on Jul 29, 2014 at 5:01pm

My current PI is the one who said, “I think you should be tested for ADHD” after I zoned out on a conversation and had to ask her how to do the thing she told me how to do during that conversation.

I was tested and diagnosed in June, tried to control it by myself (didn’t work well—it was the same debilitating noisy fog I was usually in) and reluctantly started meds yesterday. Being prescribed medication seemed like a personal failure to me.

However! Experiencing the immediate ability to focus on ONE thing, accomplishing multiple tasks that required concentration, and the cessation of the constant conversations in my head was nothing short of miraculous. Good luck to you. Don’t be afraid of meds.

Posted by allimac on Aug 03, 2014 at 7:12pm

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