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Knowing to Listen while having ADHD

Listening to what others say can be difficult at times. Especially if we’re not interested in the conversation, what is being said, and such. I would imagine that this happens to many from time to time.

When you have ADHD, listening is challenging, as we have a difficult time focusing. So this doesn’t come easily for us.

During conversation, it’s easy for us to start thinking of other things and miss part of what the other person or people have said. It can be so easy for us to get distracted.

As hard as it may be to focus during a conversation, or to talk non stop, or any other challenges we have with listening and conversations, there are ways we can work on to help with this.

Tip #1: Say it again.

Sometimes it can be difficult to remember or understand everything said. However, repeating what you’ve heard and quickly summarizing it can help. This can help with assignments at work, or remember tasks that someone is asking you to do, for instance.

Tip #2: Utter some sounds.

For some, it can be beneficial to make some sound, like ‘uh-uh’ or ‘sure’. It may help us focus a little more on the conversation and what is being said. Plus, it let the other person know that you’re paying attention.

Final thoughts.

These are two tips, which may work for some and not for others. We’re all different and don’t act/react the same during conversations.

As much as it may feel like a challenge to make our brain doesn’t get distracted during conversations, there are ways to help us pay a little more attention, make sure we hear most, if not the entire, conversation, and let others know we’re paying attention.

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