Author: Phil Marsosudiro

Working from Home with ADHD: Useful Articles

Working from home is both heaven and hell for people with ADHD. Here are a few of the better articles that offer help.

This is one of the two best articles I’ve found, so far — a quick sampler of suggestions edited by ADDitude Magazine:

ADHD Brains Working at Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Telecommuting

This is the other best article I’ve found so far — a comprehensive list with good commentary:

If you have ADHD, here’s how to manage working from home

All the fundamentals in one organized list, without much commentary:

Suddenly Working from Home

This is worth reading for thoughts on self-care and kindness:

5 Perils of Working from Home with ADHD

Eat right to keep your brain and body on track!

Succeeding with a Lack of Structure: tips for working on your own, part 4

Non-Stimulant Medications for ADHD

Adderall and Ritalin are proven medications for managing attention deficit in adults.

Unfortunately, these two drugs — both stimulants — can also amp up blood pressure, which can be extremely hazardous for many adults who are already at risk from hypertension.

Several non-stimulant meds are available for adult ADHD. Atomoxetine (generic Stratera) is specifically intended for ADHD and is extremely affordable. Guanfacine and Clonidine are anti-hypertension meds that help some adults with hyperactivity and (less so) with attention deficit. Buproprion (generic Wellbutrin) is an anti-depressant that helps some adults with hyperactivity and attention deficit.

Here is a nice summary article from WebMD: Nonstimulant Therapy and Other ADHD Drugs

“How can I be detail-oriented with ADHD?”

People with ADHD can be very detail oriented!

Much of our detail skill comes from one of two drivers:

  1. Hyperfocus. When people with ADHD go into hyperfocus, we pay deep attention to whatever we’re doing, whether that’s computer programming, house painting, or cooking a dinner for twelve. We might not notice that time is passing (or that the phone is ringing, or anything else) but by damn, we’re paying attention to our task. We don’t usually control when hyperfocus hits, but when it does, it hits hard.
  2. Compensation. After we get yelled at enough times by bosses who keep finding errors in our work, we can get really obsessive about QA. After we get fired enough times by clients whose deadlines we keep missing, we can get obsessive about timelines. After we go nuts for years of losing our keys, we learn how to put our keys in the same place every time we get to work and every time we get home.

In some cases, we end up looking far more organized than regular folks, who shake their heads in disbelief when we tell them we have ADHD 🙂 It’s fun to impress the regular folks! (As long as we don’t get overconfident…)

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I wrote this post in reply to a question on Quora. 

See here for more answers:
https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-be-detailed-oriented-with-ADHD