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:
- “I Don’t Wanna” Procrastination
- “I’ll Do it Later” Procrastination
- “Where Do I Start?” Procrastination
- “It’s Too Hard To Do!” Procrastination
- “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
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