TECHNOLOGY AND APPS
Fortunately for those with ADHD, technology has stepped in with a number of useful apps that can mitigate the impact of distraction, poor memory, and lack of organization. I have listed below some of the apps that my patients have found most helpful. If readers have others to recommend, please email me.
Starting with the basics. I tell all my patients to put each new appointment into their calendar immediately. Whatever calendar app is on your computer or smartphone, use it religiously.
There are numerous apps available to remind you about appointments, etc. with automated texts, emails and alarms. Google Calendar does so easily, as does the Reminders app on iPhone.
Both Samsung Galaxy and iPhone have phone finder apps that allows you locate a lost phone. The iPhone version will also locate an iPad, MacBook or iMac. There is also a new app called “Tile” that involves a small chip that can be attached to any item. The chip is trackable, so you can see on a map the item’s current location.
These apps are useful not only because they keep you from getting lost, but because they help you be on time. Being late for things is a hallmark symptom of ADHD. Apps like GoogleMaps and Waze include time estimates for travel, allowing you to plan when you need to leave. (My advice: add 10 minutes to whatever the apps says.)
Evernote is a great app for organizing your information. It has a built in camera function that allows you to record things like receipts and documents. You can also clip web pages directly into your account. All of this make keeping track of details in your life much easier.
Preventing yourself from surfing the web
A number of my patients have benefited from installing software that keeps them off Facebook, ESPN, etc. The list of such programs is long and growing. This article provides the names of a few good ones, but doing a search will probably give you a more up-to-date list of options.
Last updated 12/2/17