My desk is right near the entrance and the kitchen in a big office floor (140+ people) with lots of foot traffic. My other colleagues don't seem to mind this. We do not have cubicles and when people move around they're visible at all times.

I have ADHD and when I see something moving from the corner of my eye, I find it almost irresistible to look. I used to have this problem with sounds but then I bought an active noise cancelling headphone and it solved the sound portion of my ADHD. Employers don't care about mental problems like ADHD, Autism Spectrum or even depression, they just gloss over them and leave you to deal with it. Even if they did care, I'd have to constantly ask new or prospective employers to deal with "my problems". I'd have to change the minds of managers, and upper management in some cases, which would be a bigger challenge than I'm willing to undertake.

Still, my current problem is that I'm constantly finding myself looking at people because they enter my field of vision. This usually disrupts my train of thought, I find myself shifting through tabs on my browser for a good five minutes after I'm disrupted.

I'm not saying people should stop going to the kitchen or going near me, I'm aware that that's just impossible. I also don't think that I can change places too easily and even if I do, it might just aggravate the problem, since I'd be facing towards the interior instead and much more movement would be visible to me.

Is there any way to limit my field of vision, I've looked at glasses with side shields but they don't seem to be for this purpose (still providing vision from the sides). I'm seriously thinking of buying a pair of horse blinders at this point. I'm aware that the idea is ridiculous but it's better than being unable to focus for more than fifteen minutes at a time or just burying my face into my screen.

I'm also aware that I'll be having similar problems wherever I may work. This leads me to believe I have to find a solution that will work everywhere. Has anyone encountered a similar problem and how did you solve it for good?

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    Assuming that you are diagnosed with ADHD (got paperwork confirming the need to lesser distractions and so on) why not just ask the employer to provide you with a cubicle? It's not an unreasonable or very expensive, thing to accommodate.
    – Aida Paul
    Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 11:34
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    @TymoteuszPaul The diagnosis is not taken seriously in my country, they just gloss over it. Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 11:35
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    Then please add a country tag and this bit into your question, this is very important.
    – Aida Paul
    Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 11:35
  • @TymoteuszPaul There we go, I don't think it'll help much though. Also, my employers may change constantly (every two to three years) but my condition won't change. Having to request the same thing at every new place I work will be a challenge. Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 11:37
  • Please also explain that your employer doesn't care much about your diagnosis. Western world solution for this would be to simply provide you with equipment to success, and if need enforce it with relevant disability act. But as that's not something your employer is not open to, it is important to include that in your question, otherwise, the answers won't be as relevant as they could be.
    – Aida Paul
    Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 11:39

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The most important thing would be to communicate your problem to your manager, although you stated that you might not be taken seriously.

You could try and make it an issue of producitivity and not an issue about your ADHD, since this keeps you from doing your job in an efficient manner. Being placed near a busy place is the equivalent of you walking into your managers room every 10-15 minutes, strolling around his table and leaving again, either not saying a word or simply saying "Hello". I doubt they wouldn't be bothered by it, it's simply disturbing, which means you could probably start your argument this way.

Also try and find out if any of your colleagues share your sentiment. You might not achieve much by going alone, but if it's 10 to 20 people all asking for the same thing, that might be something your management might want to address.

If they agree, that this is a problem that needs solving, you could ask your company to provide so called "Desk Separators". Those can be easily attached to your desk and limit your vision in a way, that you'd need to stand up to see over them. They can also be easily removed. (Amazon link for reference: https://www.amazon.com/Owfeel-Partition-Separator-Libraries-Classrooms/dp/B07W5JYLS2).

If they don't want to spend any money you could ask permission to buy and install them yourself (and take them home again, if you should switch jobs, they might come in handy there too). If that fails also, then I guess your company is okay with the result/amount/quality of your work in which case it becomes a question of your personal wellbeing and whether or not you want to put up with it.

A word of warning: No matter what solution you come up with, if you're the only one to do it you might get ridiculed, so be prepared to have at least some of your colleagues make fun of you, especially if you decide to go for something as "extreme" as the horse blinders.

DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with either amazon nor the company referenced in the link. If someone has a better photo/reference feel free to edit or provide it in comments for me to replace.

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    Seems like a better solution than horse blinders. I'll try this within the day if possible. I don't mind being ridiculed, in my previous company, people made fun of me for paying 60 dollars for headphones but once they learned how good it is at blocking noise, they were all drooling over them :D Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 12:03
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    Good headphones are a godsend, I cheerfully spent multiple times that.
    – Borgh
    Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 12:10
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    I've asked them and they agreed with this method. I'll find something along these lines for my country. I think this is the best middle-ground answer. Thank you for your thorough answer :) Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 11:30
  • Good to hear! Glad I could help :)
    – TheRealOha
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 15:02

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