How ADHD Increases Your Risk of Burnout in the Workplace

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Do you know that symptoms of ADHD can increase the risk of overwhelm and burnout in the workplace?

ADHD can be silent and unnoticeable.  Because of this many of us have become good at ignoring and masking our symptoms.  We just push through in a world that is not built for our brains.

All of this masking and forcing our brains to work in ways that they were not wired to is very stressful.  Throw in a fast–paced and competitive work environment and that stress multiplies.

Because of stigma and misunderstanding of what ADHD is, we are also often desperate to hide our challenges, fearful of being judged if we show our true selves. This can lead to feeling isolated and without outlets.  It’s a perfect recipe for burnout.

As a professional with ADHD, I had a hard time saying no.  I was interested in everything.  I saw fixes for all the things that I thought were wrong. I worked as a director in nonprofit finance, but always wanted to wear all the hats.  I worked not only on finance, but also on grant writing, program development, data collection, human resources, IT, facilities, etc., etc.  I would be the first to volunteer when a need arose.  I loved to be the savior, the all-knowing, the go-to-girl.

Did I succeed at everything?  Absolutely not.  Did I ruminate and spin on every little thing that I couldn’t get done or get done to my expectations?  Absolutely.  Did I question my abilities based on these perceived failures?  Absolutely.

And guess what?  I crashed.  BURNED OUT.  At the age of 49, my ADHD symptoms skyrocketed.  My ever-existing imposter syndrome grew and grew.  I was frozen and couldn’t move forward.  I was failing where I desperately wanted to succeed and I wasn’t the person I wanted to be.

I developed high blood pressure.  I was exhausted.  I ran an elevated temperature every day for  more than a year.  My bones and my muscles ached.  I couldn’t sleep.

Thankfully, I was laid off before anything worse happened, though it felt like the worst at the time.  I felt like a total failure.  I blamed others, blamed myself.  I lost confidence in my abilities.

Despite all this, I don’t regret what I went through.  I learned so much about myself and my ADHD through this process.

But it doesn’t have to be like this.  We can take control of our ADHD.  First of all, learn about it and learn about your brain. Find out what you love.  What sparks your attention?  Learn to delegate.  Learn to pause, breathe, and think a minute before speaking or acting on an impulse.  Find your strengths and write them down.  And don’t do it alone. Create a support system.

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