ADHD in the Workplace: Another Mental Health Epidemic and its Cause
According to an article in Partnership for Work Place, Mental Health, (2016) “ Contrary to popular belief, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not just occur in children. ADHD can affect adults too. While some children seem to outgrow the disorder or learn to compensate for the symptoms, others do not. Many adults with ADHD do not realize they have the disorder. Common symptoms in adults include difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or completing work within time limits.
ADHD affects workplace performance. Research indicates that adults with ADHD put in 22.1 fewer days at work per year than people without the condition-nearly a month’s worth of workdays.1 The good news is that effective treatment is available. Adults with ADHD are treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination. Behavior management strategies, such as ways to minimize distractions and improve organization, can also be helpful.”
CAUSE AND EFFECT
It is no secret that the staggering neglect of mental health awareness has taken a toll on society as a whole. It is almost unbelievable how employers seem to ignore the growing demands of mental health awareness in the workplace. Within the last twenty years alone, and during the course of various employment opportunities for most persons, there has been the need for at least some kind of mental health or spiritual care support in the workplace. Most notably in the health care settings, finance industries, educational systems, and retail management locations of various genres. There must be an allocation for employee mental health concerns, and spiritual well being when considering the need to hire or replace employees during the course of business operations.