Employees with ADHD work less

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Jun 24, 2008
By dvm360.com staff

Maybe you deal with adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on a daily basis, or work with someone who does. Those affected may be hyperactive, easily distracted, forgetful, or impulsive—it can be hard for them to concentrate. In fact, it can be so difficult to concentrate that according to a recent study published by Occupational and Environmental Medicine, workers with ADHD do 22 days less work per year than people who don't have the disorder.

More than 7,000 employees were screened for ADHD as part of the World Health Organization World Mental Health Survey Initiative. About 3.5 percent of the workers screened had ADHD and were asked about their job performance in the last month. Researchers suggest that it would be cost-effective for employers to screen employees and then implement workplace programs and provide treatment for employees with ADHD.