Technology and Everyday Distractions

Whether or not multitasking creates ADD symptoms in otherwise attentive people is a subject of ongoing debate.

At a minimum, our plugged-in world, filled with noisy and visually cluttered screens, phones, and other devices, is frustrating to many, and especially challenging for those with ADD/ADHD. Here are some tips for tuning in to what's important––and tuning out the rest.

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