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Does Music Focus Your ADHD Brain? Or Just Distract It?

does music actually improve focus for ADHD brains? We asked ADDitude readers to share their preferences for (or against!) background noise and how it helps (or hinders). Read some of our favorite responses below and share your experiences in the Comments section below.“I have always needed music in the background to make me feel present and grounded.

It wasn’t until a very recent ADHD professional training that I had an ‘aha!’ moment explaining why. In short, the ADHD brain is always looking to solve a problem and music is always feeding that through the rise of a song to its resolution.

A familiar song allows our brains to see a problem and then anticipate its solution, giving us just enough stimulation to feel present and focused on a task.” — Julie, Michigan“The pandemic forced me to work from home, and that has been a blessing for my easily distracted ADHD mind. I struggled to concentrate in the open office environment because I was unable to tune out everyone else’s conversations while I worked, even when wearing earbuds to play music.

I work best with either silence, or soft music that doesn’t have words or even a familiar tune. If it’s a tune that I know, I find myself trying to follow along with it either aloud or in my head, which messes with my concentration on the task at hand.” — An ADDitude reader“If I’m doing something tedious that requires little thought, I need an audio book, podcast, or something I can sing along to.

I need to engage my verbal brain, or I get too antsy and wander. If I need mental focus, only instrumental beats (classical, electronic, hip hop) will do so I can engage verbally with my work but still feel like time is passing.” — An ADDitude reader[Get This Free Guide: Music for Healthy

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does music actually improve focus for ADHD brains? We asked ADDitude readers to share their preferences for (or against!) background noise and how it helps (or hinders). Read some of our favorite responses below and share your experiences in the Comments section below.“I have always needed music in the background to make me feel present and grounded.

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