Starting and finishing tasks can be overwhelming. You have to break away from what you’re currently doing to focus on something new. Being able to make that “switch” is tricky for kids and adults with ADHD — especially if the task doesn’t interest them.
For people with ADHD, this typically isn’t laziness. It’s executive function challenges. Trouble with these skills include:
Tuning out distractions
Planning out or following steps
Knowing the steps to start a task
Keeping track of progress
Many kids and adults with ADHD also struggle with anxiety. When they have to do something hard, they might naturally choose to avoid it. Avoidance is not laziness. For people with ADHD, it may be self-protection from feeling insecure, stressed, or even judged by others. People with ADHD experience these emotions more often than others.
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signs of ADHD