ADHD,ADHD Children,ADHD Symptoms,Adult ADHD,Time Management

Adults ADHD in California – Being Late is one of the chief complaints of Adults with ADHD17 Nov

Sarah Ferman, Psy.D., L.M.F.T.

Adults ADHD in California – what is the main complaint?

Attention Disorder Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is believed to affect about 8% of children and about a half of these sufferers will continue with the disorder when they grow into adults. So ADHD is a significant part of the life of millions of people and of course their disorder will impact on their family, friends, teachers, fellow workers, etc.

In recent years rapid progress has been made particularly in dealing with adults who have ADHD. Professionals are better at diagnosis, understanding the full spectrum of the disorder, as well as treatments be it with medication, psychotherapy, coaching or other alternatives.

With adults, one of the major signs of their disorder is their inability tokeep appointments. They may hold down a steady job but being late on a number of occasions puts their employment at risk. Or it can show up in everyday life like meeting someone at a restaurant, attending a family gathering or even collecting your child after school. If the ADHD adult does not put systems and structures in place, then poor time-keeping may often be a feature of their lifestyle. But does not need to be so.

The interesting aspect about tardiness is that it can be overcome. It would be nice to say cured, however, we will have to settle for ways and means to reduce or eradicate your being-late behavior.

You can be proactive with physical reminders. Your email program on your computer will react if you have added details of an appointment. You can get up in the morning and turn on your computer and see your whole day. Bingo, the details come up as to where you have to be today and at what time.

Lugging your computer around everywhere may pose some problems. Some alternative choices that can help are mobile phones, clock radios and portable email receivers which can all be programmed to make a sound and/or show a text message which will remind you of your appointments and schedule. Get into the habit of giving yourself these physical reminders. And don’t be afraid of being early. If lateness is a an issue, set your arrival time to a bit earlier which will help guarantee you will not be late.

One relevant point is to check the reason or reasons as to why you are late. If you can look beneath the lateness and find its true cause, you may be able to remove or alter your being late. Are you late for work because you dislike your job? If that’s the case you may want to try to find work which is more stimulating.

Not having an interesting job is pretty much the same as not wanting to go to a meeting or get-together. We all have to go to places and events we’d rather avoid, yet once you know why you are turning up late, (as an example- you have little interest in your destination), you can tackle your lack of enthusiasm. Find out why you are late and then do something practical to challenge or remove that cause.

The good thing, if that’s the expression, about being late is that the problem can be managed. Sit down with pen and paper and plan your week. List the appointments you have for the next few days. Make notes about how you will travel and when you will depart. Put this plan in a prominent place. Check it daily and follow your own directions. You can be on time every time.

If you find it difficult to tackle this on your own, a professional specializing in ADHD can help you move beyond where you are stuck and help you reach your goals.

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