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Why is ADHD so often associated with being late? If you have ADHD or know someone who does, you know that things like planning ahead and delayed gratification are not your greatest strengths. In our featured article this month, Neil Petersen writes about how ADHD symptoms can prevent you from being on time, but they can also be the starting point to figure out what causes you to be late. Read his insight in the article, " Why Are People with ADHD always Late?"

Here's what's been happening on Attention Talk Radio recently:

Section 504 plans are well intended, but are they accomplishing what they were designed to do? If not, why? Does it come down to leadership, funding, training, or what? Learn more from our interview with Dr. Jeffrey Katz titled "Finally, they Are Going to Police Section 504 Plans."

What are parents to do when their child is being covertly bullied? Model the behavior using play, according to Dr. Kirsten Milliken. What do you think of this concept? Check out our interview with her, titled " ADHD: Kids and Bullying: What's a Parent to Do?"

When it comes to novelty in the context of ADHD, sex, and intimacy, are those with ADHD more experimental? Dr. Ari Tuckman's research suggests no. Are you surprised by this? Learn more on this topic in our interview with him, titled " ADHD and Sex: What We Are Learning."

If you have both ADHD and bipolar disorder, what is key? Dr. Roberto Olivardia says it is getting the right diagnosis and the right professional to dial in medications to manage both. Check out our interview with him, titled " ADHD and Bipolar Disorder Treatment When You Have Both."

Hydration, protein, melatonin, and exercise are key prescriptions to counteract some side effects of ADHD stimulant meds. Have you ever considered them part of the treatment process? Learn more from our interview with Dr. David Pomeroy, titled " Dialing in ADHD Stimulant Medications."
 
If you haven't had an opportunity to catch up on our latest videos, here's a glimpse of what's new on Attention Talk Video:

From the time your head hits the pillow until you're fast asleep, it is boring. Is that the reason many of those with ADHD struggle to go to sleep? Learn more from Jeff Copper in the video titled " ADHD Sleep Tips."

Rick Green of Totally ADD says, "I'm not pro-meds; I'm anti-suffering." Check out Jeff Copper's video, titled " ADHD Stimulant Medications: Take or Not Take."

According to ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper, play is very important for those with ADHD to find solutions that work because pressure inhibits them from moving forward. What are your thoughts? Learn more in the video, titled " ADHD & Pressure: Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself."

Ever narrate yourself as a way to pay attention to what you're paying attention to? If you've got ADHD, you might want to give this a try. Learn more in Jeff Copper's video, titled " ADHD Attention Exercise: Narrate and Learn to Pause."

Are you attending to the right thing? If you haven't done it yet, download our a-Book (the "a" is for attention), "Identify YOUR Top Five Hurdles to Managing ADD/ADHD." It has tips Jeff has learned from doing over 300 interviews with ADHD experts. Let your friends know about it, too! They can download it here: www.attentiontalknetwork.com.
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by Neil Peterson

Chronic lateness can be one of the most annoying symptoms of ADHD, both for people with ADHD and those who have to put up with us!

But why is ADHD so often associated with being late?

There are several different reasons, most of which come back to one thing: when you have ADHD, you exercise less conscious control over your attention, so you're always more focused on whatever is interesting and stimulating in the present moment.

In other words, if you have ADHD, things like planning ahead and delayed gratification are not your greatest strengths. Some of the ways this M.O. causes people with ADHD to be frequently late are:
  • Because you're more absorbed by whatever catches your attention in the present moment, having ADHD means you're not as good at putting yourself "outside" of time and figuring out how long things will take.
  • ADHD isn't a simple "attention deficit" as much as an inability to regulate attention. When you have ADHD, it can be hard to pay attention to things, but it can also be hard to remember to stop paying attention to things once you're engaged. This "hyperfocus" can lead you to stay focused on an activity even when you should be moving on.
  • Being caught up in your impulses in the here and now makes it easy to lose track of time.
  • When planning an activity, having ADHD makes you prone to thinking in general terms and skipping over the details. If you don't consider the fine points of exactly what's involved in doing something, there's a good chance you're going to underestimate how much time you need to do it.
  • People with ADHD are often procrastinators who don't get started on things until there's a sense of urgency. And if you start something late, there's a good chance you're going to finish it late, which throws off your schedule for everything you have to do next
  • Having ADHD tends to make you impatient and very averse to boredom. As a result, you don't like waiting and you aren't a fan of getting places early, so you might try to arrive to events exactly on time, with the predictable consequence that you actually end up just being late.
  • Since you aren't a natural at planning ahead, you're not likely to think about things you have to do until they're really pressing. When going somewhere, you might not start getting ready to leave until there's a danger of being late.

 

So if you have ADHD, your focus on whatever captures your attention in the present, your knack for procrastination and your frequent failure to plan ahead conspire to make you late to things. The good news is that once you're aware of these tendencies, you can take steps to counteract them. Anything that "outsources" your ability to plan ahead is good - alarms, schedules, etc. These tools can act as reminders when it's time to move on to the next thing.

 

If you find yourself asking, "Why am I always late?" try using the above list of ways ADHD symptoms can prevent you from being on time as a starting point for figuring out how the disorder is causing you to get behind schedule. Even if you have a lifetime of chronic lateness behind you, you can get to the root causes of your tardiness and take steps towards becoming more punctual - better late than never!

   
Published with permission.
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Recent Radio Shows in Our Archives

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Finally, They are Going to Police Section 504 Plans?
In days of old, Section 504 plans were not as effective as they were intended, because they were not policed well. That has all changed! In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, guest host Caroline Maguire ( www.necoaching.com ) interviews expert Dr. Jeffrey Katz ( www.drjeffreykatz.com ) about how things are changing, which brings hope that Section 504 plans will be more powerful! If you are a parent of an ADHD child in school who needs help, don't miss this interview.

ADHD Kids and Bullying: What's a Parent to Do?

Often ADHD kids are the targets for bullying,
especially at school. Parents get so frustrated and turn to schools for help. The question is can they or do they? Can they help on overt bullying? How about covert bullying? If they can't, what's a parent to do? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, guest host Caroline Maguire ( www.necoaching.com ) interviews ADHD and play expert Kirsten Milliken (  www.playdhd.com ) on bullying, what parents can do, and how play and other social games can help parents help their ADHD kids. You don't want to miss this insightful show.

ADHD and Sex: What We Are Learning
Little is known about the impact of ADHD on sex and intimacy. In March of 2015 we interviewed Dr. Ari Tuckman (
www.adultadhdbook.com ) who was embarking on a survey to learn more about the topic. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, host Jeff Copper ( www.digcoaching.com ) interviews Dr. Tuckman once again to discuss the expected and unexpected findings of his research. If you have ADHD and like to be intimate, be sure to catch this interview.

ADHD and Bipolar Disorder Treatment When You Have Both
Many with bipolar disorder also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In this episode, ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper interviews ADHD and bipolar expert Dr. Roberto Olivardia on the intricacies of treatment when an individual has both conditions. If you are diagnosed with both or are impacted by someone who is, you won't want to miss this interview.
Dialing in ADHD Stimulant Medications
Got attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Ever consider taking medications as part of your treatment plan? Have you ever taken them but they didn't seem to work? Side effects were more than you could handle? Feel like a zombie? When it comes to prescribing ADHD medications, it's not like "take two aspirin and call me in the morning." There is an art to getting the right drug in the right dose for the right duration. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, Dr. David Pomeroy ( www.addcenterofbellevue.com ) discusses how he goes about working with individuals diagnosed with ADHD to find medications that work for them and minimize side effects that don't produce that zombie-like feeling. If you are open to taking meds, then get an education around how to do it right. You won't want to miss this show.

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ADHD Sleep Tips
Sleep hygiene is important, but often, those with ADHD need more. They need to slow down their minds in order to go to sleep. In this video, host ADHD coach Jeff Copper shares a few tips on how to do that. Click the image below to view the video.
 

ADHD Stimulant Medications: Take or Not Take?
Rick Green of Totally ADD said it best, "I don't want you to have to take ADHD medication." Host Jeff Copper doesn't want you to take them either. The question is, why do both suggest you consider it?.Click the image below to view the video.


ADHD and Pressure: Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself 
Attention deficit disorder is more challenging in the face of pressure. In fact, in the face of pressure, we know have a "shoulding" epidemic. Learn more from ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper
in this video. Click the image below to view the video. 


ADHD Attention Exercise: Narrate and learn to PAUSE 
If ADHD is a self-regulation issue, then how do you learn to self-regulate? By learning to pause. How do you learn to do that? Watch this video and host Jeff Copper will give you an attention exercise so you can learn to do just that. Click the image below to view the video. 
    

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