Expert advice for making group work easier when you or someone else has ADHD.

ADHD isn’t primarily a disorder of attention; difficulties with attention are part of a much larger skill set called “executive function,” which also includes our ability to manage time, emotion, and more. ADHD is a disorder of organization, planning, and persistence. Symptoms of ADHD include forgetfulness, procrastination, and challenges with time management. Someone can be motivated and brilliant but still struggle to manage a project across time, for example.

I was asked recently what to do when collaborating with someone else who seems to have ADHD. Their ADHD symptoms may be causing you stressCollaboration is emphasized highly in our schools nowadays, for one. But the question asked of me had to do with work so I reached out to collaborate with several highly respected experts who work with adult ADHD. Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a psychologist at Harvard. Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a psychotherapist in private practice. Dr. Ari Tuckman is a psychologist and sex therapist in private practice.

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