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LIFE WITH ADHD

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Tips and Tricks for Living with ADHD at Home and Work

Be realistic.

You may not be able to do everything yourself, so try to enlist help. Delegate what you can and consider creating a chore schedule.

Organize at home with a "launch pad."

Identify a table or bookshelf near the front door as your "launch pad" or "landing pad." Put a container or basket there to catch keys, glasses, papers, wallets, and other important items. Pocketbooks, briefcases, backpacks, and papers can be stored there to help provide a smooth takeoff in the morning.

Try the 10-minute pickup.

Each night, try to spend 10 minutes quickly going through your home and seeing how many items you can pick up and put away. Set a timer. Take a bag, basket, or container, and go through your home picking up items and dropping them off where they belong. 

Minimize distractions at your desk.

Keep only what you're working on in front of you, and get clutter off your desk. 

Repeat to remember.

Repeat back what someone has said. This may help you remember multistep instructions at work. It may also help you remember what your friends said, and they will feel like you are listening.

Focus on one task at a time. 

This may help you get started on a project you've been putting off. Set a timer for 15 minutes. If you can't continue the project after 15 minutes, stop, give yourself a break, and finish later.

Use prompts as helpful reminders.

Prompts can help you remember to do or say something. Types of prompts can be visual (a sticky note), verbal (someone telling you to be quiet), physical (a vibrating phone alarm), or a gesture (someone pointing to their nose).

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Tips for Communication, ADHD Education, & Support

Focus on communication skills.

Communication skills may suffer with ADHD. As a result, a forgotten appointment or missed meeting can bring challenges—whether at home or at work. To help remedy this, setting reminders and repeating/rephrasing discussions for clarification may keep your mind from wandering during conversations.

Involve others.

Remember: you are not alone on your treatment journey. Your network of friends, family, co-workers, and healthcare providers can offer support if needed. So don’t be afraid to reach out, discuss any concerns you may be having, and talk to them about any improvements or setbacks that you may be noticing.

Educate and inform.

Whether you have been diagnosed with ADHD or someone you know has, the more that both of you know about ADHD and its symptoms, the more prepared you will be for dealing with ADHD in social situations. You can watch for obstacles and may be able to avoid roadblocks by simply knowing the symptoms to look for.

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See resources, research, and support networks for adults with ADHD.

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Resources To Explore

ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO)

A professional membership organization for ADHD coaches and resource for the public.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

Articles, personal stories, interviews with ADHD professionals, book reviews, and links to other ADHD-related sites.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

National nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of affected people through education, advocacy, and support.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Part of the National Institutes of Health whose mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

National Institute of Mental Health

Part of the National Institutes of Health whose mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

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Support for our adult patients with ADHD or with moderate to severe B.E.D. during COVID-19

Takeda recognizes the concern related to COVID-19, and we are here to support our patients during this time.

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Takeda recognizes the concern related to COVID-19, and we are here to support our patients during this time.

Patient safety is Takeda's highest priority. As a company, we are committed to taking steps to keep the communities we serve updated with any new information that could help inform health decisions related to our medicines.

If you are currently taking Vyvanse, we strongly encourage you to stay in contact with your healthcare provider and to make use of any virtual or remote services that may be offered. You may also call our Medical Information Line at 1-800-828-2088 for questions regarding your medication.

For adults with ADHD: For information on savings and paying for your medication, please click here.

For the parents of children (6+) with ADHD: For information on savings and paying for your child's medication, please click here.

For adults with moderate to severe Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.): For information on savings and paying for your medication, please click here.

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The following resources may provide further helpful information during this time:

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