2 thoughts on “Texting and ADHD: A Major Problem Facing Youth and Adults

  • August 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I struggle with this, too, but I have a few strategies.

    When I’m working on a project, I’ll set the phone down on the other side of the room, usually on a soft surface so that I wont even hear it vibrate (I turned off the noise alerts for all texts). If someone needs to get a hold of me, they can call and I’ll hear it, but otherwise I forget about my phone.

    Also, I’ve started thinking of texts as interruptions. I realized that when I was getting texts from someone I wasn’t crazy about, I wouldn’t even bother checking for several minutes. So now when I get any text, I think of it as someone trying to interrupt my train of thought! Instead of getting highs from receiving texts, I have trained myself to not care much about them (as we really shouldn’t! They are definitely interruptions, though it’s not actually the senders’ faults of course.)

    ~Truett Ogden

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    • August 31, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Truett,

      What BRILLIANT advice! Thank you so much for sharing this – it IS an interruption and thinking of it in this way is a great idea. It also helps on the sending side – I don’t interrupt people in person, why would I constantly do so in writing?!

      Thank you again for sharing your words of wisdom.

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