We often hear politicians, and those in the media, talk about unemployment and what can, or should be done about it. But rarely, if ever, do we hear anything about special programs, assistance, or training for those individuals which have challenges that get in the way of finding and keeping a job. This is true even in the best of times, little lone in the worst of times.
Attention deficit disorder, or ADHD for short, is one of these conditions. It is estimated that approximately 10 million adults in the United States struggle with adult ADHD. Approximately 75 percent of them either fail to seek treatment or fall through the very porous cracks of adult ADHD diagnostic criteria.
Without a diagnosis, or at the very least some form of self help, these individuals typically face serious challenges in the workplace. Obviously we have few studies to reveal how adult ADHD is impacting the 7.5 million undiagnosed ADHD individuals who are being left in shadows to fend for themselves.
Despite this there have a number of studies carried out in recent years on ADHD adults, and how their condition impacts their ability to find, and hold, a job. Let’s quickly look at six of these:
*Adults with ADHD are 50 percent more likely to be unemployed.
*Those who are lucky enough to find a job earn an average of 15,000 dollars a year less than others who are equally qualified.
*Adults with ADHD are more likely to get demoted or fired than others.
*ADHD adults on average work 22 days a year less that non-ADHD employees because of chronic problems with impulsiveness, concentration, organization, distraction, and forgetfulness.
*ADHD adults take 9 more sick days annually, not because of illness but because they are bored with their jobs.
*The primary symptom of impulsivity may not allow them to roll with the punches so to speak, and are much more likely to impulsively resign before thinking about the long term consequences of their actions.
Are ADHD employees really that bad?
The answer is absolutely not! Do they need extra training and assistance in finding the right job? For this one the answer is absolutely yes!
The ADHD adult has certain advantages over the rest of the work force. They are very creative, are not afraid to make snap decisions, will take risks, and have energy to burn over 50 percent of the time. Their major problem is they can’t stay engaged if what they are doing isn’t of interest to them.
As you can see there are definitely pluses and minuses but when an ADHD adult loses a job he/she really likes they may have trouble adjusting to what they might classify as a boring low paying job. This intern will likely lead to poor job performance, job loss, resume cannibalization, and ultimately chronic unemployment.
For those struggling with Adult ADHD finding an effective treatment option is an important first step in finding stability in the workforce. The most common forms of treatment are prescription drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall. While effective about 70 percent of the time, all of these types of stimulant medications come with a number of serious label warnings. The risk of side effects, or perhaps lack of success with stimulants, has prompted many to investigate other options.
A couple examples of this are behavior modification therapy and/or natural remedies. Natural remedies for ADHD are a side effect free way to address such problematic symptoms as inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, erratic behavior and chronic restlessness and can be used both as a standalone treatment or as a compliment to other nonprescription alternatives.