ADHD When the Desire to Write is Bigger than the Problem

ADHD: When the Desire to Write is Bigger than the Problem

By on August 21, 2013 . Category Tips

By Fernanda Padovan

The Idea for this post came through a solicitation of someone who has ADHD and is having trouble writing his book. He came to the Widbook Facebook Fan Page and asked for some tips to help him finish his work. We hope this post helps him and any other people who suffer from the same disorder.

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more common than people realize; many people suffer from ADHD and don’t even realize that they have it. ADHD is characterized by symptoms that most of the time they are ignored because we consider them “normal,” such as neglect, disquietude, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

For those who want to finish a piece of writing, the challenge of having ADHD becomes even greater. Boredom may set in or content may stop making sense so the result may be starting to write anew over and over again with no completed work.

FOTO_JANJan Leonardi is a psychologist currently completing his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Sao Paulo University (USP) and he gave us some suggestions and tips to help individuals with ADHD focus better.

1 - People who have ADHD usually get distracted easily. So it is critical that all stimulus that can contribute to decreased attention on the task of writing are removed from the environment. The most common examples are cell phones, social media, television and contact with other people. I suggest that the individual isolate himself or herself temporarily from the world in an environment well organized and equipped to write.
2 - It is important for the writer who has ADHD to create small and precise goals (for example, write one page about the character “X”), instead of large and generic goals (“write 15 pages”). The more that tasks are subdivided, the better. In the long term, the accumulation of small and precise pieces of content will be much bigger and better than the attempts to produce a lot at once. Tip: try to work on only one theme at a time.
3 - It is important that the writer take regular breaks. A 10 minute pause for each 45 or 50 minutes of work can help to maintain attention. So that breaks don’t hinder concentration, I suggest the use of alarms as a reminder to stop for a while.

Thank you for your cooperation Jan Leonardi, hopefully these tips will help relieve some of the anxiety and distress caused by ADHD.

We hope these tips help the writing process for anyone who suffers from ADHD or anyone who is having trouble staying focused. Do you have any tips for maintaining concentration? If so, leave them in the comment section below.


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