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Chapter 22. ADHD > Impact of ADHD on Managers

Impact of ADHD on Managers

People with ADHD are handicapped in several ways. They have difficulty filtering out distractions, focusing their attention, and completing tasks. Unable to easily filter out the flood of stimuli from the environment, they become anxious or hyper. Tension can build as they try to force themselves to concentrate. It is particularly difficult for them to pay attention to tasks that are mundane or boring. Only novel and very engaging things can hold their attention. They are not lazy; they simply cannot focus on things that are not highly engaging, and they become distracted by external events or their own scattered thoughts.

People with ADHD are often poorly organized. In part, they have a very difficult time engaging in the relatively boring task of organizing papers and files. Also, their problems with attention interfere with their being able to hold things in their mind long enough to fit the pieces together and remember all they have to do. Their tendency to become distracted and move from one activity to another also interferes with finishing work in an organized way.


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