[Voices of ASMR] Does ASMR help with focusing or ADD?

Based on your ASMR experiences…

Explain if ASMR helps you to focus, include details like:

  • How did you discover ASMR helped you to focus?
  • What tasks or situations does ASMR help you to focus on?
  • Are there specific ASMR triggers or ASMR artists that help you to focus the most?
  • How does ASMR compare with other methods or treatments you have used to help you focus?
  • Have you been diagnosed by a clinician with ADD, ADHD or other related condition?
  • Have you discussed the effect of ASMR on your ability to focus with your clinician?

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17 thoughts on “[Voices of ASMR] Does ASMR help with focusing or ADD?

  1. If you think about it ASMR has a lot in common with guided meditation. I tend to practice mindfulness while I listen to ASMR. Having non-vocal or foreign language ASMR on in background while I work helps me stay on task. Clicking, rubbing, and scraping sounds calm me. While the ASMR itself can be a little distracting it makes up for it by calming my ADD brain so anxiety isn’t holding me back from doing my difficult and scary engineering work. I’ve used this in the past two weeks and I feel like my productivity has doubled.

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  2. It depends on the ASMR. A lot of talking can distract me but if it’s non-vocal ASMR then I can have it going in the background while I work and it actually helps me focus. I have adult ADD and most of the time I have a very hard time focusing on my work. I’ve found music helps but not enough. Somehow ASMR where they make noises with objects helps me focus at work. It’s like it calms the ADD mind so it can activate the pre-frontal cortex. Then I get more focused and can switch to non-vocal music.

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  3. I have experienced ASMR my whole life, learned what it was several years ago, began watching videos at night a couple of years ago, and only in the past several months did it occur to me to try listening to ASMR content in the background while working. I’m a closed captionist by trade which means my headphones are on all day long and I’m constantly listening to and watching TV shows, many of which can have stressful sound quality when subjected to it repeatedly for long periods of time. (Think of all the annoying high-pitched voices in cartoons or 16 people shouting over each other in reality shows.) I find that having a GentleWhispering video or something playing underneath whatever I’m watching helps offset the negative effects of the acute sounds I hear while working. I’m also a writer, and I have found that while composing original content, which is a task I’m easily distracted from, having ASMR audio play through my headphones can be extremely effective in helping me focus. That said, in this case it must be either some kind of white noise, unintelligible whispering videos, or foreign language content in order to be helpful and not distract me from concentrating on my work. I believe the key is that the feeling of ASMR brings my conscience to the present moment and feels like a soothing “presence” next to me, so to alleviate symptoms of, for lack of a better term, FOMO. Any extraneous worries/anxieties/desires are replaced by the feeling of being surrounded by a soothing entity. But that’s just my theory…

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  4. Absolutely. I use ASMR to help me focus on long and very tedious processes at work. I also use it when I’m reading for school. I actually hated to read because I could not focus. Now I’m majoring in a subject that demands intensified reading and writing. It got me through my BA and now MA in English & Literature.

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  5. I have adhd. I find starting a task and sticking to a task very difficult. Asmr helps me massively. I listen to it while I work on the computer, or even while doing tasks on my feet. It just relaxes my brain allowing me to stick to something easier.

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