Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADHD) and Procrastination


Delaying activities that have a certain deadline for completion is known as procrastination. Though there is no article exclusively acknowledging procrastination as an ADHD symptom, there are a number of studies that have been conducted to establish the relationship between procrastination and ADHD. Individuals with ADHD often feel like procrastination is a physical sensation, which forces them to hold off activities up until when they are due (Pychyl, 2018). Moreover, they feel like their brain is always struggling to gear up and focus on the assignment at hand. For example, a student may always find themselves postponing their assignments until one day to the deadline. This could be as a result of factors such as being overwhelmed by the assignment such that one doesn’t know where to start. There is always a natural avoidance of doing what needs to be done immediately, and as a result, students with ADHD always find themselves struggling with procrastination (Rooney, 2017). ADHD is a frequent diagnosis in children, and it is estimated that 3-7% throughout the world have the disorder (Niermann & Scheres, 2014). Though ADHD is diagnosed at childhood, it is a disorder that persists to adolescence and even adulthood. Children with ADHD are prone to procrastination, a u that has negative effects on both their lives in school and at home. High school students are in their adolescent years, and it is during these years when there is an onset of puberty. The most commonly encountered problem among the ADHD population is procrastination; however, little research exists with regards to the association between ADHD and procrastination. The study by Niermann & Scheres, (2014) established that there is a certain level of correlation between procrastination and ADHD. The symptoms of ADHD are divided into three, that is, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Three core symptoms of ADHD are thought to be associated with procrastination. There are three expressions of