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How to Win the Battle with Adult ADD in the Workplace
Date:3/9/2009

y a board certified psychiatrist." Once the diagnosis of ADD is established, medication can be discussed as a possible option and behavioral changes that can help counter ADD can be implemented. Dr. Brandemihl offers the following tips for dealing with ADD in the workplace:

1. Make sure any additional psychiatric conditions are being addressed through therapy and/or medication. Anxiety and depression can affect focus, concentration, motivation and energy, mimicking ADD.

2. Utilize an electronic planner or phone to keep a schedule and set alarms to remind you of appointment times, due dates, break times and meetings.

3. Set all of your clocks ten minutes ahead. This way you are at least on time, if not early, for scheduled meetings.

4. Separate large assignments into smaller, more manageable assignments. If possible, give yourself short breaks every fifteen to thirty minutes. Use an egg timer or alarm to remind yourself of "break times" (even if they are only for one or two minutes).

5. Take care of yourself. Get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Eat several small meals a day and try to exercise at least thirty minutes per day. This can make a huge difference in energy, motivation and concentration levels.

6. Make your work environment work for you. You may consider an MP3 player or earplugs to block out noisy distractions.

7. Organize your work area. Labels and folders are your friends. Everything should have its own place. Only have one assignment in front of you at a time.

8. Keep the momentum going at home. Structure, routine and repetition are crucial. Ask family members for help. It is important to utilize and practice your new coping skills both before and after work.

9. Ask your supervisor or boss for feedback. Tell him or her you are aware of the issue and ask for their opinions on your progress.

10. Reward yourself with a special
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