This post is a response to a Redditor on the ADHD subreddit where he asked what are some tips that would allow ADHDer to be more productive in school and life. I may not be the best person to set examples to this post since I have failed many classes in my college career. However, I wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until this year. I also wasn’t aware that I had ADHD and thought I was utterly terrible at being productive. When I was diagnosed this year, it was one of the best things that had ever happen to me. Without a diagnoses, adults with undiagnosed ADHD has according to a study of 752 adults by Psychological Medicine , quote
“Overall, the ‘undiagnosed’ ADHD cohort demonstrated higher rates of co-morbid illness and greater functional impairment than ‘non-ADHD’ controls, including significantly higher rates of current depression, and problem drinking, lower educational attainment, and greater emotional and interpersonal difficulties. ‘Undiagnosed’ ADHD subjects reported a different racial composition and lower educational attainment than ‘diagnosed’ ADHD subjects.”
Source: ABLE, S.L., JOHNSTON, J.A., ADLER, L.A. and SWINDLE, R.W. (2007) ‘Functional and psychosocial impairment in adults with undiagnosed ADHD’, Psychological Medicine, 37(1), pp. 97–107. doi: 10.1017/S0033291706008713.
Another study shows how ADHD can permanently affect adult’s social and financial lives if not managed.
“A lifetime history of ADHD was also associated with increased risk of engaging in behaviors reflecting lack of planning and deficient inhibitory control, with high rates of adverse events, lower perceived health, social support and higher perceived stress. Fewer than half of individuals with ADHD had ever sought treatment, and about one-quarter had ever received medication. The average age of first treatment contact was 18.40 years.”
Source: Bernardi, S., Faraone, S.V., Cortese, S., Kerridge, B.T., Pallanti, S., Wang, S. and Blanco, C. (2012) ‘The lifetime impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC)’, Psychological Medicine, 42(4), pp. 875–887. doi: 10.1017/S003329171100153X.
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It helped me figure out why I wasn’t achieving to my capacities, and it helped me to seek out more counseling as well as therapy. Next semester I will be actively talking to the Students Disabilities service at the University of Michigan, as well as Counseling and Psychological Services. I have failed many times in my life, but one thing is for sure, each time I fail, I will mourn, but the next day I will stand back up. This diagram you see before you is the diagram that I made as a way to show my therapist my patterns of behavior.
Way’s I’ve simplified my life:
1. I have three pairs jeans that I wear. Each pair I wear for about a week before cleaning them, so I can go for about three weeks before cleaning all of them. Read the Power of Habit here
2. As for clothing, it’s cold now. I have three long sleeves and a lot of white tank tops. They are perfect for minimizing sweat from clothing allowing you to wear them for a long time. Also keeps you warm when wearing running jackets. ( It’s about 3-17 F degrees here right now in Michigan.)
3. I drink Soylent for most of my meals cause it’s easy to prep (get a bottle, and take it with you), bottle Soylent is 2.80 for 400 calories. Powdered Soylent is 1.58 for 400 calories. Breakfast is important, and ever since drinking a meal replacement immediately in the morning, I’ve increased my energy throughout the day cause of that. Here is Soylent, and here a community of people who drinks Soylent.
4. Keep multiple copies of things in various places. For example, if you have an iPhone, then have four USB chargers. 1 for nightstand charging, 1 for the car, 1 for the backpack, and for backup. Same with my MacBook as well, I keep a charger at home and one in the backpack that way I don’t ever worry about bringing stuff to places.
5. Keep your meds next to you, if you have waking up like I do then anything to reduce obstacle of waking up would be the best! In the morning when you wake up, reach over and take the medication.
6. Keep a large cup of water permanently by your bedside. It’s more important in the mornings when you wake up, take your med and slam that bottle of water. Water will wake you up.
7. Keep your keys by the door, and try to make it into a routine. When you walk into your room, take off your keys from your pocket and hang it next to your door, if you don’t have a hanger then put it in a bowl. Make it consistent so you don’t have to find which cloth has the key.
8. For your computer, use a cloud service! I use iCloud, but Google Drives works perfectly as well! When you have a new class or project or whatever, save the file in the cloud service AND MAKE A SHORTCUT TO YOUR SHORTCUT Bar like this I have EECS 183 and EECS 203 from my cloud service already, and the shortcut on the side allows for easy access.
10. Learn how to live a minimalist life, having fewer things in your room/sleeping area calms the mind.