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ADHD & Perfectionism

It may be difficult to comprehend that ADHD and perfectionism can go hand in hand.  However, the two can not only be found together, but the combination can also be debilitating. What makes ADHD and perfectionism a disastrous duo is that perfectionism can exacerbate many negative side effects of ADHD symptoms.

Some common symptoms children with ADHD display are:

  • Taking longer to complete a task
  • Procrastination
  • Ineffective time management
  • Starting projects and not finishing them
  • Inability to plan and organise

How does perfectionism play into these symptoms to make it more even difficult for children with ADHD to function?

Perfectionism can increase procrastination which includes not finishing projects because children are discouraged by their own impossibly high standards. They may also get wrapped up in details that lengthen the amount of time it takes to finish tasks. This can cause hyperfocus making it difficult to switch tasks.

Perfectionism can be as debilitating as ADHD symptoms, so how do we combat symptoms especially when both perfectionism and ADHD are present?

One effective tool that can be used to strengthen executive function is Biolink Attention Training; a neurocognitive learning system that improves cognitive skills associated with executive function, which reduces impulsivity, helps with task switching, aids in rational thoughts, supports the ability to plan and organise, and benefits self-regulation.

Biolink Attention Training can create new neural pathways to increase executive function to improve brain function and increase self-esteem. Our artificial intelligence, Sheer Genius, automatically sets mini goals for each individual.  This teaches you that being perfect is not the goal.  Simply striving for small steps of achievement each day is the key to success.

Lizaan Spangenberg
Biolink Attention Training Head Office