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Thoughts People With ADHD Have During Boring Meetings

Boring meetings. You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. Actually, we could all probably live perfectly well without them.

MeetingUnderstimulating situations tend to bring out the inattentive side of ADHD, and it seems like long, tedious meetings were invented specifically to dissolve the ADHDer’s powers of concentration into a haze of inattention.

So what are people with ADHD really thinking about during boring meetings? Well, in general, anything other than what’s being discussed. But here are some thoughts a lot of us probably have in common:

  • That guy is talking and looking at me as if I know what he’s talking about, but I have no idea what he’s talking about. I guess I’d better just nod in agreement.
  • How did all my life decisions up to this point lead to me sitting in this meeting?
  • I wonder if this is an acceptable time to get up and go to the bathroom just so I can walk around.
  • Oh my god, we’re not even halfway through the agenda.
  • This is a great opportunity to slip in a knowledgeable comment so that people don’t start to suspect how little of this meeting I’m actually following.
  • How is it possible to talk about something so mundane in so much detail?

Of course, these aren’t the only thoughts people with ADHD have during boring meetings. In fact, I suspect that people with ADHD have many, many thoughts during these meetings. It’s just that the thoughts aren’t always relevant to the topic at hand.

So feel free to add more. What’s going through your mind during boring meetings?

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Thoughts People With ADHD Have During Boring Meetings

Neil Petersen

Neil Petersen writes regularly on education, learning disabilities and technology. He received his B.A. in 2014 and was diagnosed with ADHD at the beginning of his college studies. Neil also works for a music education non-profit and hopes to help create an education system that can better serve students with ADHD.

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Petersen, N. (2018). Thoughts People With ADHD Have During Boring Meetings. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2019, from


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