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fixating on silly tasks while on meds

Hi there,
I was only recently diagnosed with ADHD and have just started taking generic Dexamphetamine to treat it. I’ve noticed some great effects - better concentration, more motivation to do tasks, feeling more ‘awake’ and getting more passionate about things.

One negative is that while on medications I get so absorbed in things that I lose track of time and forget to do other things. (I accidentally spent about 4 hours doing Sudoku today and then 2 hours cleaning and forgot to ring my boyfriend like I promised!).

I’m just wondering what kinds of things people have found helpful in this situation (if you’ve been in this situation!)? How do you manage to do useful tasks and move from one to the other without getting too fixated? How do you fit everything in? I have the concentration now but the organisation is still very difficult - I feel like I have heaps of power but no control?

tl;dr - On meds I have concentration but struggle to make/remind myself to do all the stuff that needs doing. Any helpful organisation skills/tricks to move on to new tasks?


Good morning.  When my son was introduced to a new medicine he became fixated on tasks. It was found that the medicine was too strong for him and it had to be reduced for him to funcation properly. He recieved 1/2 of a pill/capsule only.  He did better.  I hope that helps.

**Please speak with your physician before making any changes to your meds. ADHD medicines are narcotics.

Posted by DMose on Jul 11, 2014 at 2:06pm

LOL yah, I experienced the same thing. You might consider dropping doses, I haven’t tried that. What’s worked for me is just scheduling time to do those things, setting an alarm, and consciously allowing myself to step away from the task at hand.

I used to have to think consciously to begin or stay on task.,now I have to think consciously to stop.

Posted by johno on Jul 12, 2014 at 7:49am

Thanks guys! Unfortunately on a lower dose I can’t concentrate at all!! I am definitely going to try timers and scheduling! thanks so much!

Posted by calicat9 on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:54am

Hi calicat9!

Ari Tuckman did a great webinar with ADDitude Magazine a while back on time blindness. I was full of strategies for situations just as you describe. You can listen to the archive here:

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

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 14, 2014 at 5:36pm

Use timers.  It’s how I ensure that I don’t get “sucked in” all of the time.  I don’t always remember but when I use them it helps immensely.

Posted by conchita83 on Jul 28, 2014 at 4:23pm

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