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Procrastination is Buried at the Root of MANY ADHD Challenges

The DSM-V diagnostic criteria for ADHD includes the following:

Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (e.g., schoolwork or homework; for older adolescents and adults, preparing reports, completing forms, reviewing lengthy papers).

What kinds of tasks require sustained mental effort? Those where:

  • we don’t know what to do
  • we don’t know where to start
  • they seem too hard to do (e.g. they have a lot of steps)

We would modify the DSM-V to read a bit more accurately:

Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that are BORING or REQUIRE A HABIT.

The truth is that many of the issues we face with ADHD have a procrastination component.

And that’s why we need to pay attention to our procrastination conversations:

  1. “I Don’t Wanna” Procrastination
  2. “I’ll Do it Later” Procrastination
  3. “Where Do I Start?” Procrastination
  4. “It’s Too Hard To Do!” Procrastination
  5. “That’ll Take Forever” Procrastination

In this episode, we talk about

  • how to listen to these conversations,
  • what they mean,
  • and how to move forward

This is one you don’t want to miss!

And after you tune in, check out these blogs and Kick Some ADHD podcast episodes to learn more about how to manage your procrastination:

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