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ADHD Symptoms Go Virtual

With everyone staying home and avoiding real life, you might’ve thought you’d be able to avoid your real-life ADHD symptoms too.

But just like everything else, ADHD symptoms are going virtual.

VirtualAsk an ADHDer who suffers from chronic lateness. You wouldn’t think it would be possible to be late to a virtual meeting, right?

Turns out there are plenty of ways you can show up late for an appointment that doesn’t involve leaving your own home. You can lose track of time, you can oversleep, or you can wait too long to start the things you need to do beforehand to be ready for your meeting.

Same thing with losing stuff.

Tangible objects can be lost, but so can virtual ones. Ever forget what folder you put a file in, or what you named it?

Personally, my computer filesystem isn’t much more organized than my real-life desk. I currently have over 1,500 files chilling in my Documents folder, so if I forget where the file I need falls alphabetically, finding it is going to be a tough slog.

Of course, some symptoms translate quite directly to a virtual format. Inattentively missing information or impulsively interrupting people during a conversation can be done just as easily on Zoom as in person. Virtual tasks are equally subject to procrastination as real ones.

Still, coping with ADHD can be done virtually too. I can connect with other ADHDers over the internet, find apps that help with organization, set alarms and reminders on my computer, and dial up some music on my headphones to fend off boredom while I’m typing away.

That helps balance things out.

As with many things these days, we’re discovering that that having ADHD virtually is sometimes better, sometimes worse, and sometimes just different.

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ADHD Symptoms Go Virtual

Neil Petersen

Neil Petersen writes regularly on psychology, ADHD and education. In addition to ADHD Millennial, he writes about psychology at Psych Central's AllPsych blog and about ADHD at He can be found on Twitter at @ADaptHD_blog

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Petersen, N. (2020). ADHD Symptoms Go Virtual. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 31, 2020, from


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