What should the ADD adult share with his coworkers and employer?
When adults are first diagnosed and beginning treatment for ADD, often, they are excited to finally have an answer to a lifetime of frustration and struggle. In their excitement, they frequently want to share their experience with everyone who will listen. Unfortunately, this invariably leads to problems, particularly at work.
Coworkers and employers, who do not have a good understanding of ADD or the effects of medication, commonly put the ADD adult under the microscope looking for immediate positive changes and assuming any new unproductive behaviors are negative effects of medication use.
Because the newly diagnosed adult needs time to learn strategies for improved work skills, organization, interpersonal skills, and problem solving, this microscopic observation sets everyone up for disappointment.
Except when employment is already at serious risk, in my experience, it is wisest for the newly diagnosed adult to keep his personal medical affairs to himself, immediate family members and close friends.
The Being Well Center supports the whole person through all of life’s demands. We specialize in accurate diagnosis of ADD at any age, and we have extensive experience guiding adults with ADD through expectations across the lifespan.
Our current blog series is excerpted from Dr. Liden’s best-selling book, Pay Attention!: Answers to Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder.