ADHD tax is a casual term used to describe the additional costs, both tangible and intangible, that ADHD individuals often face due to their neurodivergence, especially struggles due to executive dysfunction.
These costs can be financial, such as late fees or increased insurance premiums due to forgetfulness or impulsivity, or they can be emotional, such as the stress and frustration of managing daily tasks that neurotypical individuals may find straightforward.
The “tax” is not an actual tax, but rather a metaphorical one, representing the extra burdens that come with ADHD.
Examples of ADHD tax
- A person might frequently lose their personal belongings like keys or phones, leading to the cost of replacements.
- They might struggle with time management, resulting in missed deadlines at work or school, which could lead to job loss or academic penalties.
- Impulsivity might lead to unplanned and unnecessary purchases, resulting in financial strain.