Overcoming ADHD Overwhelm
Written By Erin Mitchell, MSW, LCSW
Have you ever found yourself feeling overwhelmed by tasks, responsibilities, and expectations? Do you find yourself procrastinating until the last possible minute…even if you had a whole day to get it accomplished? Does the task (when you remember to take care of it) feel like there are just too many steps? This is the tip of the iceberg known as overwhelm, especially in the neurodiverse community.
Each person has different tolerances for being overwhelmed and different factors that can contribute For some, feelings of being overwhelmed may stem from physical stimuli (too loud, too many people, uncomfortable clothes, etc.). For others it may be the sheer amount of steps required and feeling like it will take “forever”.
While many people with ADHD find that they make decisions very well during times of crisis, they may struggle in making similar decisions without the crisis present to push them along.
Signs of Overwhelm:
Coping with Overwhelm:
Getting Tasks Done:
Not all of these things work for everyone at every time, but these can be a good starting point. You are not able to be productive all of the time and you do not need to expect yourself to be. Try things to work with your brain, instead of trying to do things the same way. Different is not bad, just different and you are not alone.
If you are looking for more, I recommend checking out this article on ADHD paralysis on ADDitude Magazine: https://www.additudemag.com/slideshows/analysis-paralysis-and-adhd-trouble-making-decisions/
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