December 12, 2012 7:44 AM Subscribe
I have a friend who has ADHD primarily inattentive type and struggles with multitasking in both work and home life. Rather than being the hyper person that most of us visualize, he is the exact opposite, very slow and methodical with some rigidity to how he must follow certain rules.
My buddy has been struggling in his work place, because he constantly feels overwhelmed. He does see a therapist, but it doesn't seem like any of his issues (at least in the work world) are getting any better. He told me yesterday that people are constantly telling him that he is not present even when he is at work or at home with his wife.
It must really be frustrating for him because I know him to be a good guy with good morals. From a brain perspective, it's kind of a bummer because he does take adhd meds, but he is constantly overwhelmed by everything and he tells me that people seem to get frustrated with him even though he is trying. When we hang out, I mainly validate and offer him some understanding.
Any suggestions on how to help my friend?
posted by nidora to health & fitness (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I personally believe that if he could get his work life in order, that he would be more present, but he is constantly worrying about whether he's doing enough and whether people are getting frustrated with him in his office. I keep recommending books like Getting Things Done and other organization books, and his therapist brought up that Executive Functioning Issues are definitely a problem for someone with ADHD.
Does anyone have any experience with this and how can I best help my friend? Are there things that others have tried that might be helpful to him?