A lifetime sufferer of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), he would forget to pay bills for credit cards, utilities and even his mortgage.
“My credit is pretty much shot,” says Lescelius, who has seen his phone service turned off multiple times and his electricity turned off twice – all for nonpayment. That not only affected him, but tenants living in an apartment in his home. “I felt like an idiot each time.”
Household money management can be an especially vexing problem for anyone with ADHD, a neurobehavioral disorder that is more common in children, but found in 4.1 percent of adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It can affect how sufferers focus.
People with the disorder are far more likely to miss loan payments (57 percent compared to 27 percent for people who don’t have ADHD); buy items impulsively (62 percent compared to 18 percent); have a poor credit rating (54 percent compared to 8 percent), and not save for retirement (71 percent compared to 42 percent)…
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