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Procrastination and Adult ADHD

With ADHD comes a certain degree of "I know I should do the thing, but I just cant get started"; or "excuse me while I stare blankly at this wall/phone/tv for an extended period of time".

Don't get me wrong, our neurotypical friends also experience this from time to time, but it seems like those with ADHD get it A LOT. So where does it come from? And how do we break out of it?

ADHD paralysis; failure to start; procrastination. Call it what you will, it's all the same. A huge part of ADHD is difficulties with executive functioning (planning, organising, memory, attention, motivation and so on). This difficulty comes from inadequate dopamine, and so the key to getting through the paralysis is to increase it! Let's look at a few quick ways to boost our dopamine and get through that ADHD freeze!

Movement: Getting moving (even slightly) is great for getting blood flowing and boosting dopamine. It also signals to our brain that we are on the go, of which the flow on effect is more energy!

Novelty: Our brains love new things. it's why we get excited to try cool new activities and apps, and go shopping. Given that dopamine is the "reward" chemical, it makes sense that novel things will give us a boost.

Snacks: We all know that food is crucial for fuelling us. But some foods can also be converted to dopamine (specifically protien). Happy snacking!

Music: Have you ever noticed that some tunes just perk you up? When we listen to upbeat music, our brains release the all the feel-good chemicals including our friend dopamine.

If you are interested in discussing any of the points further, we would be more than happy to hear from you. Feel free to send an email to and we will answer any questions you may have.


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