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“I have recently been diagnosed with ADD and my doctor prescribed medication, though it doesn’t appear to have much effect. I am struggling in my job and am thinking about making a change. What are the best jobs for people with ADD?”
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March 19, 2008 at 10:46 am
(1) Iguanatom says:

Another issue is medications. Just because one med doesn’t work, doesn’t mean that others wont. I used to take Cylert, which was excellent for me. Since being removed from the market, I have again tried a wide assortment and am using Ritalin LA. Other drugs did almost nothing for me. Adderall I thought was working alright until I found a year had passed me by without me realizing it. That was BAD!

Either way, Cheers!

March 19, 2008 at 11:38 am
(2) Stan Piskorski says:

I have heard that two “careers” that are heavily favored by folks with ADD/ADHD are sale(especially “outside” sales) and business owner (probably after the person has some business experience). Even though people with ADD/ADHD CAN be successful in many professions, I was wondering if there is any research about which professions folks with ADD/ADHD “prefer.”

March 19, 2008 at 3:44 pm
(3) keath low says:

Stan,
What you say makes sense. I can see how the fast paced, independent aspects of sales would be intriguing. I can also see how being a business owner would allow individuals to make use of their leadership, creativity, etc.

I am uncertain about research in this area…would love to hear from others on this topic.

My guess is that we are all so unique in our abilities, skills, interests, strengths that it would be hard to pinpoint preferences. Others please share your thoughts…

Keath

March 19, 2008 at 3:46 pm
(4) keath low says:

Iguanatom,
Great point! The right medicine can indeed make all the difference in the world. Your post reminds others not to get discouraged during this process. Keep in close communication with your doctor and realize you may have to go through some trial and error to get things just right.
Thanks for posting.
Keath

March 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm
(5) Lee says:

Ok, here it is plain & simple……

.Do what you “LOVE” to do….or, what your good at…..if you love, or, are good at something that isn’t considered “traditional”….all the more reason you should do it….Find a way to make $$ at it….nobody said it’s easy dealing w/ this “condition”..

Was diagnosed @ 46 yrs young….now about to turn 49, i’m back in college finishing my degree….

have fun—–

March 19, 2008 at 7:47 pm
(6) JD says:

I truly believe that you must find the proper balance between medication and career. I have been a salesperson for many years now and have always loved the profession. However, earlier on, I was held back by not having the correct mix of medicine. It has only been over the past year that I have founds the right combination (Adderal and Dexedrine)and have doubled my earnings.
Sales can be excellent for someone with ADD/ADHD, however, unless you are stable and focused, the highs and lows of the sales cycle can be frustrating and demoralizing. I would strongly suggest doing all due diligence in properly researching your career before signing up. If you know you cannot take heat…stay away from the kitchen.

March 19, 2008 at 11:57 pm
(7) Mike says:

In my opinion ADD folks are great at what interests them. It is whatever ilicits a much more pleasureable response than the distractions.

I have worked in the IT industry and find many ADD folks there. They are adept at troubleshooting because there is a sort of “adrenaline rush” that helps them focus. On the other hand they drift through trying things intuitively assessing what works and what doesn’t and every detail whether it seems to matter or not.

This is where ADD folks shine because they tend to keep the details on the surface of their minds where other “normal” folks tend to forget details as they dismiss them because they seemed unimportant at the time. The ADD troubleshooter sees something and suddenly links symptoms together that were dismissed by others.

At a car wreck the ADD EMT works on an injured person as others ask how they can help. The ADD person continues and immediately says “Manage traffic and see if you can get somebody for the other direction, check the ditch because there was a bicycle that looked like it had a bent wheel and there was no rider.”

The ADD person is like a deer with nothing to do but browse for food. It has a hyperdriven fight-or-flight nature. Its only defense is sharp senses and great quickness and speed. While it eats you see its ears turn and the tail twitch. At any sound you see it hunker, cocking the legs for a quick jump. The deer usually knows what is going on around it whether it matters or not.

March 20, 2008 at 12:08 am
(8) Mike says:

Oops, I forgot the main question.

As I said I see many in IT who tend to thrive on an intense program,design, or troubleshooting. They often are night people, functioning their best in the quiet of night with their conscious minds tired form the day’s interactions with people and the subconscious tends to be more free to be creative. (My Jungian influence shows itself)They practically worship coffee (hence JAVA and other coffee related terms in their esoterica) or Coca Cola. Others who oddly seem to smoke and use caffiene are the EMTs.

I know I can think of more but it seems to me that ADD people tend to like things that require great effort for short lengths of time which yield a sort of instant gratification. They tend to start a project and look like they are doing great only to lose interest when the project seems “whipped”, like it is mostly conquered and only mundane details remain. They also may see all the details of a big project as overwhelming (again conscious of all the variables at once) and avoid getting started in the first place.

Anyway, it is 11:07PM and I changed the oil in the car an hour ago but stopped to eat. I need to go back out, check and top off the oil, and clean up… typical!

March 20, 2008 at 12:13 am
(9) Mike says:

Oh, one more thing about the deer.

We tend to be anxious and constantly aware of what evil/problems are out there.

One may become overly-aware of negatives in one’s life. I did. I was told I was hyper-vigilant… just like the deer. Being that anxious for a long time can lead to depression. It did in my case. I am totally recovered now.
…You want stories? I got stories!

March 20, 2008 at 9:56 am
(10) Keath Low says:

Mike,
Your responses are all wonderfully insightful! Thank you so much for sharing…and yes, I would actually love stories!

Recently we have had some posts in our Forum with several readers struggling with their ADD. If you ever have the time, it would be great for them to hear how you have coped and pulled through.

You have a good way of identifying the positives and reframing, plus you have struggled through the anxiety and depression.

Thank you and Stan, Iguanatom, Lee and JD for your words. It means a lot for others to hear from you.

Warm regards,
Keath

May 19, 2008 at 2:12 am
(11) Nathan says:

After being fired 3 times, I found the easiest option was to start my own business as 1.) I could not fire myself and 2.) I had made a ton of cash for the last idiot boss.

But basically ADD people are best at whatever interests them. Just remember that ‘normal folks’ do not have the ability to the extent we have to hyper focus, see outside the box, invent, create, and challenge etc etc.

Love what you do and you will be successful…and yes take that risk, it is what sets you apart.

June 1, 2008 at 1:16 pm
(12) Reggie says:

I agree with Mike. I’m a systems administrator and I find this job perfect for ADD. However, it really depends what kind of office you work in. If the job requires detail oriented, repetitive tasks and/or documentation, forget it.

If it’s a true engineering (designing, administration, troubleshooting) then it is better.

If you’re new in the field, I would recommend doing contract/project based work to keep the challenges, learning level and “scenery” changes high–until you can land the higher level jobs which require more complex thinking.

June 12, 2008 at 1:55 am
(13) Mike aka theanttheant says:

It has been a while since I posted the comments above. I will read the responses soon and respond. I guess I got distracted, eh?

It is almost 1AM and I will force myself to go to bed. See you all soon!

July 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm
(14) Paige says:

Mike I enjoyed your deer analogies. I too am told that I move from one thing to another. I see so much that needs to be done that I seldom finish any one thing that I start. I am now on Adderall and it has helped me, but getting the dose right is so important. I agree that the job question comes down to finding something that you love. I am in Grad school for Rehab Counseling. As long as it is something that you enjoy and are interested in I think that it is something that a person with ADHD can do great in!! That has always been the key for me, even before I was medicated.

September 23, 2008 at 8:44 pm
(15) teresa says:

my son is having problem in his first job. He has started a job in food service that requires fast timing. He is not able to keep up and is afraid he will be fired. He goes in 45 min early off the clock trying to get ahead and he can not. He does everything very slowly no matter what the task.
I want to encourage him but am getting no where.
A little back ground. My husband is very hard on him and he can never seem to do anything good enough to soot him. I have discussed this many times with my son and tell him that he just needs to do the best he can. He is very upset that he can not please him father. The job I thought would be something he could do is turning out harder then he thought. I have encouraged him to go into work with a I can do it attitude and hope this will help.
What else can I do to help him? I want him to know he can accomplish anything if he tries but how can I help him at this point. I have always helped at school but that has to end and he has to be able to make it on his own at some point.
Frustrated from the side lines!

September 27, 2008 at 9:41 am
(16) Ryan says:

tell him to quit that job and help him discover other lines of work that he may be adept at. paying your dues at a job that has no direct relevance to type of work that someone will one day perform is like caging an animal that yearns to be free. people with adhd do not like to play games by the rules unless they can understand and rationalize those rules and see some benefit in their design. you may not think that he is qualified for anything else, but i guarantee that there is some other task that he can perform well. allow your son to have some dignity! american society does not look kindly towards those people who do not “fit the mold”. sometimes a brief moment of inspiration is worth much more than years of dependability.

December 3, 2008 at 12:28 pm
(17) jason says:

Any job really. But you need to be in a position that has no constraints so management or even director level or above.

Or anything that requires strategy level, creativity.

Boring repetition based jobs will not end well for either party.

adhder

February 18, 2009 at 2:26 am
(18) Mike says:

I’m glad you realize that ADHD will affect your career and using your natural skills effectively is a wise decision.

I have been in the workforce for over 10 years now with just my high school diploma. I had every opportunity to take post secondary but decided it wasn’t for me at the time. From personal experience I can say that working in a tedious job will smother your creative energies.

I am now an aspiring entrepreneur with a file cabinet packed with ideas. I am considering going back to school for business admin and marketing. Entrepreneurship is my passion and it utilizes my creative energies perfectly.

2 recommendations: First, enroll in a career exploration program. The one I’m attending is government funded and involves extensive personality testing to narrow the choices down. Second, get an ADD coach. There are even ADD coaches that specialize in entrepreneurship which I would recommend even if you don’t think you’re interested in business.

Between these two services, you will have a rock solid idea about what you want to do. Even if you want to get into business, the career exploration will help you set up a backup career.

I’m also going to be taking a job search program that helps you to develop your soft skills (which ADDers have many) and learn how to market them. It also helps you to access the “hidden job market” which is where 85% of jobs are found.

February 18, 2009 at 2:44 am
(19) Mike says:

Also:

Purchase and read ‘Getting Things Done’. I have read many books on organization and productivity and this book changed my life where as others just added confusion.

I should also mention that I have been off medication for 9 years and don’t intend to go back on. I find it stifles my creativity which is my greatest asset in life…

March 7, 2009 at 10:13 am
(20) Donna says:

How do you find the career exploration program, government funded personality testing, ADD coach, and job search program that Mike suggests?

March 7, 2009 at 10:52 am
(21) Keath says:

I hope Mike will see your comment and let us know more about the program he found helpful. One other option you can explore is your state Vocational Rehabilitation Agency to see how they can help.

Here is the link with contact info for each state agency:
http://www.jan.wvu.edu/cgi-win/TypeQuery.exe?902

Here is another link that may be helpful:

Finding a Job that is Right for You
http://www.jan.wvu.edu/Job/Step2.htm

If you aren’t able to find what you need at the Vocational Rehabilitation or the Job Accommodation Network links, they may be able to connect you to another program that can help.

Good luck! I hope we hear from Mike, too. The program he is referring to may be more of what you are looking for. You can also post your question in our ADD/ADHD Forum to see what people there have to offer. Here is the link to our forum.
http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=messages&webtag=ab-add

March 10, 2009 at 2:57 am
(22) Mr06 says:

Hey evryone,im 19 and never new i had adhd until like a week ago,i have come 2 notice that i dont know what i love 2 do,i love doing something then just loose interest and it makes my life so much more difficult.i live around people who lie,what shud i do

March 10, 2009 at 8:47 pm
(23) keath low says:

Hey Mr06,
You might also want to post your question in our ADD/ADHD forum. Here is the link if you are interested.

http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=messages&webtag=ab-add&lgnF=y

If you don’t want to post, you can still browse through and read what others share.

March 14, 2009 at 3:40 pm
(24) Vic says:

Since I am ADHD, I couldn’t read all the comments before leaving my own. But I am glad to know that I am NOT alone!!!

I particular like the comment about career related to troubleshooting. I work in print industry. I find that my ADHD issues have improved ever since I started. There are lots of troubleshooting involved and I have to think outside the box on a daily basis.

Biggest problem I’ve been experiencing is that I tend to work on too many jobs at the same time. And I also make tons of newbie mistakes!! Despite that, my skills are at the top of the food chain.

I’ve been on 5mg of ritalin for 3 months while waiting for my offical ADHD report.
Only with 5mg of ritalin. I become a totally different person. Instead of making at least 2 mistakes every week, I made 1 in 3 months.

Today is my day 1 on 18mg of Concerta. I wonder where this is going to take me. But I have a feeling that some major change will happen in my life.

I can finally control my focus and stay focus.

March 21, 2009 at 1:12 pm
(25) weekday says:

I have just been diagnosed with ADHD and have started on both Seroxat and Ritalin.

I have skim through some replies (Sorry about skimming, no patience to read them all >.

March 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm
(26) Benny says:

Mike you are the man.. I have been off my meds for about 4 years now, and am currently a sophmore in college. Ya ill admit.. my effeciency was through the roof using adderall. But yak now what? that’s not what i want to be on for the rest of my life. My soul.. would be eaten. You loose your creativity, you loose who “you” really are. Its hard enough to find your self whe nyou have ADHD and cant even complete one single thought, constantly ping ponging off one idea to the next. I tripped shrooms for the first time.. IT WAS LIKE A NORMAL DAY FOR ME! haha. Taking medicaitons will only turn you into some robot or machine, I dont think it makes me focus on ANY of the characteristics I actually love about myself, only the evil money/ success driven ones. College isnt that hard. You gotta think about what you want to do for the rest of your life. Are you just a kid in college right now who takes speed everyday to strive for good grades, ina career you never imagined ourself doing, but now seems possible becuase your on the right “meds”? MY friend was too, he graduated, only after ealizing he doesnt want to take those pills for the rest of his life and is only efficent if he does. THe drugs made him strive for a career he didnt truley want to do. You gotta realize, your whol life people are going to be calling you differnt, maybe even stupid because you cant learn as easily as regular people, or hold a conversation as long. But what those people dont realize is is that you are not only thinking about what there saying, your thinking about that squirrel playin with the acorn on the tree behind him, that delicious breakfast your mom or girlfriend made you that morning, how to invent something completely amazing that this world has never seen, and how to stop this boring, regular, average, following SOB to stop talking and preventing you from what you really want to do.. WHATEVER it is..You see us ADHD’s all share one thing, WE ARE NOT NORMAL, WE HATE NORMAL, WE PRETEND TO ENJOY NORMAL, WE SECRETLY HATE NORMAL..

May 11, 2009 at 11:42 pm
(27) Marc says:

In a lecture: Series: M.I.N.D. Institute Lecture Series on Neurodevelopmental Disorders [11/2008] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 14660] Dr Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D indicates ADHD is emerging as a clearly genetic situation and that the individual gemetic configuration of an individual will determine the BEST medicine as not all medicines will work and some medicines will be so wrong as to make the individuals life worse.

The lecture is available online at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3d1SwUXMc0

July 17, 2009 at 6:30 pm
(28) Celeste says:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s posts. As an ADHD adult, I have been doing a lot of research on the subject of ADHD of late, and I am now convinced that what the powers that be call “ADHD” is really nothing more than being a very right-brained person. (Don’t believe me? Just look up traits of being a right-brain dominant creative person, and you will see every single ADHD trait listed, and also some very important STRENGTHS you may have never realized you possessed. It totally explained the way I think and see the world as a creative, outside of the box individual. No, we’re not normal, and we should all be DAMN PROUD OF IT! We are creative, free-thinkers who play by our own rules, and you know what? Einstein would have been considered ADHD by our standards today. He failed math, was never expected to amount to anything, and came up with his brilliant theories while “daydreaming” and working as a patent clerk. Motzart would have been ADHD as well. So would Edison, Benjamin Franklin, and so many others. What a loss the world would have suffered if any of our other great minds of the past were put on Ritalin and forced to work desk jobs all of their lives! I agree that anything you are interested in would be a great career, anything that involves problem solving in a creative way, anything that involves being your own boss (because, yes, we have a real problem with authority, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing), and gives you freedom to daydream a little and work in bursts of energy. It’s also great if you don’t have to be there at any particular time, can work with your hands, and have a quiet work environment so you can focus, but we do all crave a little drama now and then, so jobs that require “saving the day” are likely to appeal. Save the rules, boring paperwork, and monotony for somebody else, though! You are much too gifted for doing robot work like that! What employer wouldn’t want an energetic, driven individual, who can think on the fly and has great ideas? You can check out careers for right-brained people, too, and they will all likely be a good fit. Thank you all for your open and honest comments. That’s the most beautiful thing about “ADHD” people is that we can’t help but be ourselves, whatever else we may be.

August 27, 2009 at 11:21 am
(29) Dynodonfb7 says:

I am a 30 yr old male who was diagnosed in 8th grade. I have fought ADHD my entire life and always second guessed the diagnosis. I was embarassed of being different and wanted so much to be like every one else. I suffered through high school with barely passing grades and ended up a straight B student in college because I self medicated with booze. I finally realized in college when I would get buzzed to write a paper or study…that I was truely ADHD. Since then, I have learned that my ADHD is a gift. My first professional job was a 3rd shift hotel manager. I handled problems from heart attacks to a guest pulling a knife on me. I loved it. I am still doing hotels but moved over to Director of Security. During my free time, I am a probationary firefighter. I have found that my ADHD lets me handle situations where most people would freak out! Hard to believe, but there are so many firefighters in my department that on face value…I am guessing have ADHD as well. We truely are gifted and I am a strong believer in the “Hunter vs. Farmer” theory. ADHD is a skill set that we should be thankful to have. Embrace it instead of fighting it.

January 11, 2010 at 1:06 am
(30) RyanO says:

I was diagnosed ADD before my teens. I was given different types of meds (Ritalin, Dexidrine, Mellaril, Cylert), I guess some of it worked, while others didn’t. My mom always said she could see the difference, I couldn’t. I always did poorly in school, skated by with C’s and D’s. But I was the smartest kid in class generally. I could read and speak circles around my classmates. I understood things that were much more complicated in general, but still did poorly in subjects I didn’t like. Math was one of my weaker subjects. English and Science were my strong suits. It wasn’t until late grade school and Jr High that they started testing me as part of IEP meetings and such, since I was such a trouble maker (runaway/truant/minor pyromaniac/thief/etc.).

In any case, I hated school. I hated writing, hated homework. I just wanted to play and let my mind wander. So what they found out through testing was that I had a really high IQ and was a very capable child, but they still couldn’t figure out why I did so poorly in class. They thought maybe I wasn’t challenged enough and considered GATE classes and other advanced classes, but it didn’t happen. I got myself expelled from Jr High over something dumb.

I’ve gotten better about things as I got older, but I still can’t really seem to hold a job very well. I’m easily distracted as always, and get bored very quickly of anything repetitive. I’m very much a computer person, but what I like to do anybody can do. I like building PCs and troubleshooting software issues, etc. I’ve considered getting into IT but I’m not a paper pusher, I don’t have a lot of networking experience, and I cannot code. I’ve tried to learn, and I can’t wrap my head around it. I’m a very mechanical person, I’ve always enjoyed taking stuff apart to see what it is made of, then reassembling it. I like fixing things.

Problem is, I’m still very anti school. I cannot focus, and I bridle at the thought of writing and doing paperwork. As much as I might try, knowing I have to do it, I am still too distracted and get frustrated very easily. It makes life very difficult, to say the least.

January 13, 2010 at 6:57 pm
(31) Mattias says:

@RyanO
I have gone through a 4 year program on “tech support” and its a pretty fun job. You get to encounter new challenges every day, your skills will be tested, you learn something interesting every time you fix something. However you need to very patient with people in this kind of business. People tend to love you forever if you fix the problem, but if you fail they will hate you. And it can be very frustrating when the problem may be that the computer user doesn’t know “how to find the WordPad”.

I’m 20 now and I spent the last 19 years of my life living as a helpless victim. I constantly used to think the same thoughts again and again “Why did I get ADHD?” and “Did I deserve this?”. I’m not going to go through my life problems but what I want to share is something that changed my life forever. Some one asked me simply “Is ADHD a gift or a burden?” and at first I felt like I wanted to head butt that person until it hit me. If I had focused on perks instead of the cons I might have made something great out of my life. Sure I can’t learn things as good as my friends and I am as socially awkward as a horse on convention meeting for penguins but I realized that if I embrace being that kind of person I want to be and on the same time learn from others I could mature greatly!

And so I have now. I got my self a bunch of VERY mature men that work as a great role model for me and whom I then learn from of how to grow into a masculine man. For the first time in my life girls are starting get more into me. I use my ADHD as a charmer. For example I love to paint, so I can go up to a random woman and say “I must paint you!” then take up a sticky note and then draw a stickfigure that a four year old could probably do. Sure I’m still a bit rusty but I’m getting there :)

I also embrace the fact that I am not like every one else. For example when I’m introduced to new people I like to say “HI! I’m very special!” not only dose that get a good laugh most of the time it also lets people know directly that I am a very special boy.

January 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm
(32) Theresa Jewel says:

I realize that it’s been almost two years since you asked this question and I sincerely hope that you’ve found satisfying employment or are self-employed.

I just want to add that many people with Attention Deficit Disorder are creative in one or more areas. Can you sing, play music, write, design, draw or paint? If so, look for a career and/or a part-time job related to your talent. OR, just use it as a hobby.

January 27, 2010 at 7:37 am
(33) A.Glass says:

ADHD defect may have something to do with neural mechanisms of social control/order. This may be one of the reasons why a group intuitively reject an ADHD person. Even if such person would behave skillfully (which itself is hard for an ADHDer), a group would sense an “alien”.

Most of the socially reach jobs, where power struggles are abundant, may lead to frustration and misery. ADHD-types may have difficulty in social-thinking on their feet and with dealing with interpersonal negativity. Also, I suspect that some humans use as a weapon something that targets attention/execution mechanisms which are already faulty in ADHD-types. It simply jams their brains.

Although as someone mentioned above ADHD-types can be good bosses it may be hard for them to ascend to such position in a large company or a group.

Bottom line: Individualistic jobs or small group jobs are better suited for ADHDers.

February 15, 2010 at 6:13 am
(34) A.Glass says:

A genetic study of relevance to ADHDers, the origin of their behavior and implications for career choice.

http://www.slate.com/id/2193472/

February 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm
(35) Zac says:

I have ADHD and I am 14…. i go to school like every other kid and I get picked on a made fun of cause its hard to control my self and people say i am weird…..its hard for me to handl all the names and being angaagognized….i am also diabetic and that dosent help….but i have been taken some meds, focalin XR, along with every other adhd med out there, concerta, riddilin, adderal, strtarra, daytrona, lexapro, and alot of other one, i fellthey kinda help. what about any one else….and ya what is a good job for me cause i gotta start working soon.

February 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm
(36) GP says:

I am 36 and just got diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive type) last week. Will meet the doc again next week to figure out whether I need meds.

I have a question for the folks who have been taking meds for a while now. Have you tried the alternative medications? Like VAXA Attend. It claims to be homeopathic, and says it has no side effects. Has anyone tried it and found it a viable alternative to the regular Ritalin and stuff?

I ask because I’m a little nervous of these meds, but I really want to get some help and see how well I can control my mind going all over the place.

Also, how do the meds work? Can you suddenly start focusing on work? Does it also help you with procrastination as well? Having had ADD for all my life, it’s impossible for me to imagine what focusing really means. Can someone share their experience? The first few months after starting meds.

February 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(37) Keath says:

Hi GP,
You may want to ask your question in our ADHD Discussion Forum. You’re likely to get more responses there. Here is the link:
http://forums.about.com/ab-add

Stimulants are the most commonly used medicine to treat ADHD. You can read more about how they work in the links below.
http://add.about.com/od/treatmentoptions/f/How-Do-Stimulants-Work.htm

http://add.about.com/od/treatmentoptions/a/ADHD-Stimulants.htm

http://add.about.com/od/treatmentoptions/f/Titration.htm

A person will start on a low dose of stimulant and then increase the dose as necessary until optimal results are found. During this period it is very, very important to keep in close communication with the doctor so that the most effective medicine at the best dose can be determined. The effects of the stimulants can be felt right away within 20 to 60 minutes, but it can take a period of weeks for the dose to be adjusted for best benefits.

You are doing the right thing to learn all you can about ADHD treatment. This way you can make a more informed decision about what is right for you.

February 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm
(38) jen says:

I have read a lot of the comments on this wall, and i have to admit most of them were from males. i am female and i was raised in the harsh environment of “why are you dumb”, “why can’t you do better”, “if only she applied herself.” My parents never recognised the signs when i was little and they made me feel like i was dumb. But they always expected so much of me. I am in my 5th year of university and i hate every second of it. in all 5 years i have taken different programs. i cant find one i ilke, or can do well in. and i’m a huge dissappointment to my parents. one of my teachers finally sent my essays to a councilor at my school and she sat down with me and we talked for an hour, she is convinced i have ADHD, and i am going in for further testing, and it all makes soooo much sense now. I mean i HATE the fact that i am “special” and can’t do anything like normal people, and i hate that i have never been good at anything. But i am releived that i now know and i’m kinda mad my parents where dumb and couldn’t recognise the signs earlier. I mean my mom used to talk to me and i used to day dream while she talked and then when i had to do something she said, and i had no idea what she had said, she used to say it was like talking to a wall and that i was so dumb. I would tell her i didn’t hear what she said, and she even one time took me to a hearing centre to have me tested because she thought i was physically couldn’t hear her. All the signs were there and it has been such a struggle to get to where i am now. and to be honoust all i want to do is be boring and work hard and finish a degree and get a 9-5 job. i want to be like everyone else. ADHD sucks, its ruined my life so far. i mean i even tried to kill myself last summer because i couldn’t take the pressure of school and the expectations. and still noone saw the signs, noone really cared. i want to for once proove that i can do something, do it well. and live a normal life. k that’s all i have to say. sorry its so depressing. i just hate having ADHD, and i hope that i can get help and like do better then i am now.

February 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(39) Keath says:

Jen,
Unfortunately, the general public has a long way to go in recognizing the signs and symptoms of ADHD in girls, especially when it presents as the predominately inattentive type. If you do indeed have ADHD, a first step in part of the treatment process is learning all you can about it.

There are two wonderful books you may want to check out – Understanding ADHD in Girls (by Kathleen Nadeau, Ellen Littman and Patricia Quinn) and Understanding ADHD in Women (edited by Nadeau and Quinn). You can also visit the National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD at http://www.ncgiadd.org/

I am sorry that things have felt so painful for so long. I am hopeful that with proper diagnosis and treatment you can finally begin to feel joy again…and to know that you are not “dumb” or any of those negative labels you grew up feeling. Check to see if there is an adult ADHD support group in your area. They can be a wonderful source of support.

March 2, 2010 at 12:57 am
(40) Mark says:

My best friend had a shirt that says ‘Normal is Boring.’ Am I normal? Or am I ADD? I am just now beginning to think I am ADD. I’ve started researching symptoms online and find that a lot of what I experience during the day at work, and even at home, could be diagnosed as ADD. I have trouble with deadlines, procrastinate, tend to lose focus, and have always had the thought that if I don’t like what I’m doing, I’m not going to be able to focus enough to do it well, though if I did try, I probably would do it well! The opposite was described here: ADD folks will do well in jobs they enjoy. That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling! I’ve had three jobs in the past seven years in the same industry. First was 100% commission, outside sales. The next was salary + commission, and third is more on the analytical, sit in a cube, stare at the Microsoft Office suite, side. Almost two years in and I’m behind my peers and getting poor-reviews. The common denominators? Me and the industry. Home chores get put off as well. So, the question is, am I ADD? How can I get tested? How can I find that career path that I’m going to enjoy, and hence-forth, do well?

March 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm
(41) Keath says:

Mark,
Having ADD doesn’t define who you are – it’s just a part of all the various aspects and characteristics that make up you as a unique individual. This may not be the best example, but if you think about a person who has diabetes. The diabetes doesn’t define that person. It’s just a part of who they are and they must learn techniques and strategies to manage the diabetes. I know it is not exactly the same, but the point is if you do indeed have ADD, there are strategies you can use to help manage the symptoms. You are still your own unique self, but you learn ways to cope as best you can with the difficulties ADD can bring.

And you make a good point about the jobs issues. It isn’t quite as simple as finding a job doing something you enjoy, though that certainly can help! All jobs have aspects about them that are tedious and boring. Most have deadlines in which tasks are expected to be completed. Many people with ADHD find that accommodations or modifications in the workplace are helpful. Here are two link with more info:

http://add.about.com/od/adhdinadults/f/Work-Accommodations.htm
http://add.about.com/od/adhdinadults/a/Work-and-ADD.htm

You are right that your best first step is to connect with a doctor for an evaluation. You can always start with your general physician or you may want to research doctors in your area who are experienced evaluating and treating ADD. Here is a link with info about the assessment process for adults.

http://add.about.com/od/evaluationanddiagnosis/a/Adult-ADD.htm

Once you and your doctor pinpoint the causes of your difficulties, you can work together to get appropriate treatment strategies in place. Then you can begin to tackle some of the areas that have been more challenging for you. Here is one more article link about understanding ADD in adults.

http://add.about.com/od/adhdthebasics/a/Lenard-Adler-MD.htm

March 31, 2010 at 7:55 am
(42) Lauren says:

I’m female, 52 and finally diagnosed ADHD a couple of yrs ago. Have been in the workforce 30 yrs – mucked my way through many jobs but excelled in a few. I was in real estate acquisitions for a company for 10 yrs and if it is not too structured or corporate is a great job for ADHDers. No day is the same, lots of travel or at least a good amount, either overnight or local/day travel depending on the job, visualizing a piece of property as to whether your building could be built on it; work independently for the most part, not inside a structured, constricted work environment; very little detailed work but some follow up/project management. What a fun, wonderful job for 10 yrs. I left because the company became corporate, paper work, and just the opposite of where and ADHD person thrives, then the real estate market collapsed and no acquisitions. Another option is in a down real estate market, handling foreclosed properties for banks and companies – lots of multitasking, dealing with different people, but again – depends on the company and if they micromanage. Finally have found right of way agent – acquisitions with a twist – for energy companys, DOTs, etc. Good luck everybody!! After 30 yrs in the workplace and some disasterous jobs (Before ADHD diagnosis) I can only say – better to do what you enjoy and fell good about and adjust your lifestyle down than doing something you hate or are paranoid about your performance all the time – leads to unnecessarily negative feelings about yourself. Another idea is to have a couple of part time or self employed jobs going on – adds variety to the day. Let me know if I can help.

April 4, 2010 at 10:43 am
(43) Allyson says:

I, like many struggle with ADHD. I was diagnosed with this at 27 long after I struggled through junior high, high school and even managed to get myself through college. I, like Jen, hated hated being different, feeling like I was dumb, and trying to be a “square peg trying to fit in a round hole”. I’ve always knew I wasn’t stupid and certainly not dumb, I just didn’t fit into the typical “norm” where I still try to get myself to fit even after all this time with great frustration. I found myself with a degree in recreation where being creative was allowed, being my mildly hyper self was encouraged, and where I was pulling good grades, in upper division classes, and did well.
After diagnosed, I was upset by the diagnosis and wished I were normal though it’s been the ADHD that’s part of what’s me who I am. It seems the more I try to fit the “norm” the more frustrated I get. I still keep trying to put myself in jobs (yes, I’ve had many) where I either loose my job because I don’t learn as quickly or quit because of frustration which has lead to a great deal of depression and anxiety for me.
Thank you to everyone who’s posted. It’s certainly helped me feel better that there are other out there that understand what having ADHD is like. Thank you for your endurance and your stories and your courage to either deal with or embrace your differences allowing others to find the courage to do the same.
ADHD is apart of who I am. It is what makes me wonderful and terrific and what makes me frustrating and different. I hope that I can embrace who I am, quirks and all to make ADHD work for me.
Jen, I don’t know if you’ll ever check this board again but hang in there, sweetie. You’re definately not alone. Don’t be ashamed to be true to yourself, ADHD and all. It’s our differences that us great believe it or not.
My sister and I always talk about how most people have something “wrong” be it physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. regardless of if you can see it or not. My sister has a seisure disorder though you can’t tell by looking at her, I have ADHD, my sister in law is bipolar. Most people don’t talke about their “differences” for the same reason we don’t always talk about ours. The longer I live, the more I realize, most people have/deal with something. I don’t think people are as “normal” as everyone else gives them credit for! :) Lets stop being ashamed and use it to our benefit allowing others to do the same.

May 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(44) Tamara says:

What I often feel.

Stupid, I have to read things 4 or 5 times over to get it, I can’t seem to concentrate or hold a job. I know I am smart, but I have trouble doing the basics, and even looking after myself.

My parents and friends are constantly frustrated with me, I understand them, but they really don’t try to understand me, I am written of as lazy, a failure, can’t do anything right, all over the place, I like being in Disneyworld, doesn’t seem to listen, stupid,

I often hear

“Why can’t you do anything right” – and I do try, oh trust me I try, but they don’t even notice so then eventually I blow up or run away, or want to end it – why can’t I be normal.

“Why are you so stupid, don’t you get it” “Its common sense I shouldn’t have to explain it to you” – I do try to get it, I know I am not stupid, perhaps you could show me, watch me do it, we could figure out where I am wrong – oh now I get it, that was so simple, – they look at you like your daft, no I just take longer to learn things, always have. I learn differently too, I pick up from watching and observing and trying, not really from books unless they are really good instructional books with a lot of pictures, pictures are key. I like reading, and movies and tv, but I have no attention span for them.

“Why do you make your life so difficult” “You are so frustrating” – thanks – do you think I like to make myself difficult, instead of battering me with the same bullshit over and over – lets try to figure out what is wrong – “Nothings wrong with you, you just like being difficult and making life hard for yourself” – WTF – do honestly think anyone would do that – wanna trade shoes for a life time

I have to study in bright, no windows, lots of tea and snacks, and no noise environments or I cannot seem to focus. I find everything ok when I can focus, I can’t do more than one thing at a time, especially if I need to focus to do it. The bird outside will catch my attention, that ugly mole on your face will fascinate me, I’ll interrupt you without meaning to a bit, I often say what I am thinking, and then realize later that I shouldn’t have said that out loud.

But yeah I get distracted easily. I have closets of ideas in my brain at times, and at other times, I can’t seem to get rid of morbid thoughts of offing myself, and harming myself, and that will go on for days after getting berated for being a terrible person. I tend to get along with little kids fine, I bet MJ was ADHD. Telephone noises piss me off, so does laundry, the sound the computer makes, and the furnace, ticking noises bother me, so do peoples voices. I am ok with music with no vocals, birds, and out door sounds.

May 13, 2010 at 11:32 pm
(45) miki says:

whatever hasalways been most interesting when you think of yourself having a job

June 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm
(46) Christian says:

Wow what a small world. I googled “careers for people with ADHD” and sure enough this came up. I’ve read all the past forums and they are so true!!!! It’s unbelievable about how I have the same shared experiences as everyone. For example, some kid said the medicine forces you to be a robot and be someone you are not. I did bad in high school grade wise, but was good at sports because of the energy and hyperfocus. I took Ritalin for so long and it drove me nuts because I had no personality, was a zombie, and had no social skills. I almost felt like having ADHD was bad and that I should be embarrased. When you are told “negative comments” from people in the academic world while growing up, it makes you just think “whats my problem?” It wasn’t until my junior year of college I had to switch and say “this is not me.” I got counseling and switched to Strattera (non-stimulant) and not only did I do well academically, I started to embrace my ADHD. I always wanted to be a doctor because I just thought it appealed to me (while I was on the Ritalin). However, I’m not smart enough and in a way I’m glad it didn’t work out because boy was it BORINGGGGGGGGGG!

I’m just trying to figure out what it is that interests me. I’m very athletic and love sports, but I ran in college and it truly was a business. I do that stuff because it’s an escape for me and a way for me to release my energy. I’ve believed the saying “never make a hobby a job, because then you won’t enjoy it anymore.” In some ways, I totally agree with that. I have learned to love ADHD and embrace it. People say, Chris be a personal trainer or physical therapist. Honestly, I just don’t have that deep burning desire to become either of those. I go to the gym and do all kinds of activities because they make me happy. However, I feel like that feeling would quickly evaporate once it became a full time job and was a business. Hobbies are outlets to me to escape you know?

Most of all, OMG life would suck without ADHD. How boring would it be seriously? I’m glad I have it!

One thing is for sure, I do get bored easily, which is why I’m trying to find a job that suits me. I’m creative, energetic, dorky, athletic, love people, and am diverse. I just felt like in my past I was being someone that isn’t the real me. In a way, I think its the medication. And the job I would do more than anything? ACTING! I love acting because you take on new roles constantly and become new characters. You are constantly challenging yourself and breaking into new areas. Problem is you really can’t make a career from acting. I almost feel like I dream too much and am not realistic enough you know? I also weigh the pros and cons of everything. Something will work out, or atleast I hope so!

July 3, 2010 at 4:10 am
(47) brian says:

Hello everyone I’m brian, I’m seventeen and I have suffered from adhd enough that it affected my daily life noticabley since about the age of five. pretty much about everything in my “day to day” life is affected by it. Just the thought of an activity that requires almost any type of physical/ mental effort just automatically shuts me down. I love being successful more than anything but I usually spend my days procrastinating about everything I do including – not eating even if I’m starving ( I love coooking) but its exhausts me, spending time with my family, girlfriend. Son and people who are important to me even if I miss them. I have loved martial arts my whole life and recently offered a job to be a instructor at a very good martial arts school, which would offer me good pay and many benefits for the type of situation I’m in. Even though martial arts has been my only Passion since a young age I still started slacking off slowly and now it lead to pretty much not going at all.. I litterally feel like my body controls my brain rather than it being the opposite. I now live with my son and girlfriend and I’m in a situation where I really need money and no matter how much I convince myself ill stick to something I can never actually stick to it. I recently started ritalin LA 40mg and havent gotten any from taking it so far and its been over a month. Can anyone give me tips or does anyone have any questions? I’m young but I have a severe case of limbic adhd and I have almost every adhd symptom that’s out there and I know it well. I think I might be able to help other people with questions to.. thank you!!!!!

July 3, 2010 at 5:23 am
(48) brian says:

And by the way I just read tamaras post and wow we litteraly have the same problems I feel like I just had someone list the same things I always try to explain to people who don’t take what we got seriously or just can’t understand because only the people that suffer from this everyday 24/7 with EVERYTHING WE DO know how bad it is :(

July 15, 2010 at 11:24 am
(49) Daan says:

Why work? Save enough and go travelling for 6 months to an exotic country. South America is great or South-East asia. You can get by for 600 eur or less per month easily.

The other thing: we are running from something. What are we running from? Next time when an activity is over, don’t start a new one immediately, just sit or lie down and focus your attention on the feelings in your body.
If you do that you will find that without thoughts there is no-one and nothing not even you. And that’s not scary at all be pretty relaxt. Confront the emotions instead of running from them.
Eckhart Tolle knows a lot about this. Helps me big time. Am now more relaxt in my head always then before with ritalin.

And for the rest: just accept yourself as your are.

September 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm
(50) Derrick says:

WOW… Every thing I have read today has given me so much insight on myself and my feelings towards this issue we all share. I have added this page to my favorites… I have not been technically diagnosed with ADD from a doctor but have read so many articles on the subject that there is no mistake. I have been different all my life. It is refreshing to see others who have the same stories and issues that I have… I always feel like I am lazy, crazy or stupid ( yes quoted from the book ) If any one has any feedback I can use for positive changes in my life would love to hear from you . Also i feel that drugs are not the solution in my case would like to find drug free help

Thanks for the Feedback D

September 13, 2010 at 1:17 am
(51) CEC says:

i have been diagnosed with adhd since 1988 and take meds for it. i have always enjoyed the restaurant business. i have worked in some sort of foodservice since i was 16. i am now 31 and i now manage a chuck e cheese and it is by far the best job i have ever had. in 15 years i have had 4 jobs and they wil seriously have to carry me out in a body bag from chuck e cheese it is soo much fun!!!

September 13, 2010 at 10:06 am
(52) aubree says:

it sucks.really sucks, really, really f’n sucks. i hate it, its not cool, not nice.

September 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm
(53) derrick says:

Aubree care to elaborate it’s hard to understand the problem other than your angry and upset.

September 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(54) PI says:

I haven’t laughed and teared up in the same 20 minutes – let alone read a continuous thread in a while..lol. I laughed when I read, do what interests you…lol. Uh dah, alot of things do, but that’s my problem, alot of things interest me. I read little snippets here and there (I love the Internet) because it fulfills my need for constant knowledge and variable stimulation. Reading the posts–got me thinking –daydreaming. That is really when we love ourselves. I teared up when I read Christian’s post ..’ I’m creative, energetic, dorky, athletic, love people, and am diverse.’ Yeah, me too! I mean really, people gravitate toward me- they see my energy, but at work, they see me as distracted and unfocused. Yet, I’m the work rat, everyone comes to to troubleshoot anything that anyone is too ‘dumb’ to spend the time to figure it out.
Jen cracked me up, 5 years at the university -ditto and still racking my brain in corporate America. I still looking for that Internet website that will help with with reall info on hard and soft ADD skills that would fit perfect in the following top 10 obs. I want to thank you all, for your honesty about your struggles, your insight, helps many who read. As for medicine, I don’t need it off of work, just at work, so I can work with people who can’t think 10 steps ahead. I’m stagnated in my job, because my ideas; logical process thinking, are too hi-tech for a boss, that likes to upset everyone by demanding things be done asap which is partly exciting- but ultimately defeating. I still have 30+ years to work, for now, just getting by.

September 22, 2010 at 11:18 am
(55) Derrick says:

Hey PI,

I found this website the same way looking for a “cure” or something to help manage the people in my life who don’t share the same symptoms. If you find any helpful links please share.

Thanks Derrick

P.S. Stumble is a god sent for people with ADD….LOL

October 7, 2010 at 9:52 pm
(56) John says:

Hi,

I just found out about ADD a few weeks ago. I was not properly diagnosed yet by professional psychologist, but I am very sure and willing to bet on it that I have an ADD. The symptoms are very clear on me!!

My question: would you suggest me to take a proper diagnosis? What difference would that make?

I am 33, live in Singapore (topic about adult ADD is not popular here). I work in research industry, and I struggle for it because it requires project management skill (which obviously I am very weak on it). The positive thing about knowing that I have an ADD, now I wouldn’t be that frustrated when making small mistakes and can move a long quickly after that. Before that, I was feeling so depressed with my mistakes, because it is often some very basic mistakes that only juniors do.

Thank you for your opinion.

November 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm
(57) Derrick says:

Hey John,

I’m slowly learning not to sweat the small stuff… it doesn’t matter in the end and really if others are that upset about it maybe they should take a trip in our shoes.. with that said sometimes leaving a job or being fired gives us motivation to find what works for us… just food for thought.

Maybe not the greatest advice but someone is reading your posts and is suffering along with you your not alone

Hope this at least helps a bit …. if not hope you get a smile … ADD is as easy as 1. 2. Look something shiny

Spinnin in my own mind Derrick

November 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm
(58) E says:

This post was refreshing. Im at the bottom and looking to get up. I haven’t been able to do anything right my whole life, but have always been considered the most intelligent/creative guy around.

I called around today for adult testing for learning disabilities. I just want a straight answer so at least I know I’m not retarded. (sorry for the wording, but it conveyed the greatest emotion)

November 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm
(59) derrick says:

Hey E

LOL not offended by the wording its hard to explain our emotions and thoughts at the best of time. The word i like to use is “sketchy” combo between intelligent and slightly shaken. Hope you find some answers your looking for and gain some knowledge on the way. Cheer up there is hope for us.

November 24, 2010 at 2:45 am
(60) Levi says:

I’ve really enjoyed reading the posts that you’ve made. It’s been insightful, and in a strange way soothing. I’ve had to deal ADHD my whole life but as a young kid my parents didn’t want to medicate their child and that I would grow out of it. It has been rough forcing myself to find ways to deal with or mask my condition. Now in adulthood I’ve come to realize that this is going to be something that I’m going to have to deal with for the rest of my life. I read through this forum because I’ve been struggling for too long trying to find a career to pursue. After reading, Im finding myself encouraged to visit a specialist to see if theres anything that can simply make things easier. Any advice on doing that?

November 26, 2010 at 11:23 pm
(61) dawn says:

At 41 I was just diagnosed with ADD. Trying Concerta out as we speak. I am hoping for the best but nothing great has happened today. Concerta works on a daily basis, I will be taking it 3-5 days per week. I am hoping that it helps me to get my life in order. With my car a mess and the table piled high with paper it is hard to concentrate on anything. My job is ADD friendly. I am a Physical Therapist Assistant and the job veries from hour to hour so it is accomodating to my situation. One thing I would not be able to do today is go to school. I want to, but unless I get my clutter under control I am unable to concentrate to further my education. Best wishes to all.

December 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm
(62) fatboy44 says:

I was an Industrial mechanic for 34 years ,always traveled to power plants , paper mills ect to work out of state at least part of each year. I Loved most of what I did those years. Retirement is not going well , But Ritilan seems to be really a big help so far! The construction industry seems to have alot of figity right brain types and I really miss working with them. I say if you think you might ADHD go to a doctor get tested stop circles go straight forward you can even at age66. thanks

December 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm
(63) Dittko says:

Believe it or not, Marijuana is increasingly being accepted by the medical community as an alternative to stimulants for the treatment of ADD.

I began to experiment with weed in college, and really enjoyed it. Like most people trying a new recreational drug, the first few times I took too much too fast and had the stereotypical “stoner” experiences: giggle fits and quiet, highly introspective states. However, as I learned to handle the drug properly, I found it helped me not only tackle tasks that I had been dreading and putting-off, but really dig-in and relish them.

Years later I was diagnosed with ADD, and began researching the condition. When I learned that doctors were treating it with marijuana, a light bulb lit up over my head.

A caveat: everyone’s neurochemistry is different, and many drugs (marijuana included) affect different people in different ways. Your mileage may vary, etc.

On a side note to “John”: I highly recommend you see a good shrink or therapist and get a formal diagnosis. Self-diagnosis is very tricky, especially where mental illness is concerned; before my first visit with a doctor, I had convinced myself I had Asperger’s (ADD wasn’t even on my radar)! Your problem might be something different, or a combination of factors.

December 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm
(64) weasel says:

I can relate to a lot of the messages on this forum, so I thought i would post my experiences and questions.

I was usually a B average student as a kid, but occasionally I did worse if I had little interest in the subject. Both my older brothers were strait A students so being a B student in my family was basically a failure. I always had trouble reading so school was especially challenging. I still have trouble reading today, words seem to jump around and focus is hard to maintain. I was also unusually energetic, and often referred to as a spaz. So as a result low self esteem was a predictable outcome.

My first real job was working for a company that tested air and water pollution. I did very well at this job. It required being meticulous, I often repaired equipment and also did some fabrication which was my favorite thing to do. My bosses often gave me challenges which they expected me to fail and I always persevered to their surprise. But I had ambitions to rock climb and live out West so I left the job after a couple years.

Rock climbing was my saving grace. It was something I did especially well and I had confidence for the first time in my life. This feeling actually took a while to get use to and I usually came across as overly modest. I was so motivated that I often over did it which eventually resulted in career ending injuries. During these years I was also exposed to marijuana. I didn’t like to drink alcohol at this time but weed had what seemed to be a very calming effect and believe it or not gave me the ability to focus. I didn’t really realize it at first but I was self medicating.

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December 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm
(65) weasel says:

For the next 15 years I did very tedious, monotonous, boring, ambition killing work. It seemed like torture but I worked with friends and had a flexible work schedule so I was able to recreate to keep my sanity. I always did great work but never really seemed to prosper in these jobs and I suspect it may be because I was uptight and not always easy to work with when people didn’t do things right. So I felt very much a failure and this made life not so fun. I thought I was depressed and may have been but I was eventually diagnosed with ADHD as the underlying problem. I tried Ritalin and it seemed to help me focus a little better, but the side effects seemed to outweigh the benefits. So I eventually stopped. I don’t find my ADHD is disabling but it definitely makes what is easy for most people a little harder for me, which I am often made fun of for so I can’t help but feel stupid. But ironically these same people often have me fix their car, computer, etc. and though I never rub it in I can’t help but think the are not the sharpest tools in the shed because these things seem easy to me. The more I learn about ADHD more I realize I’m not stupid I just think differently and for every weakness I have, I also have a strength.

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December 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm
(66) weasel says:

I learned how to build websites a few years back just for fun or out of curiosity. I am self taught and picked it up fairly quickly, and evolved into the position at the company I work for. It can be challenging and requires a lot of trouble shooting. I mostly work alone which is a better environment for me. I can often work from home which I much prefer. I built a new ecommerce site from scratch a couple years back and it makes 5 times as much money as when I started the job. So I know I am successful but I am never rewarded for it so I can’t help to still feel like a failure. In a lot of ways I think this is the perfect job for me, but now most of the challenges are behind me, I don’t feel rewarded for success so I find my motivation and interests fading. As a result I have been exploring other vocations which I would think are more stimulating but basically I have no idea what that is. I have an injured knee that I have already had surgery on so most jobs that are physically demanding would not be an option, and I am somewhat awkward socially so this also seems to limit my options. I am also reluctant to go back to school as my academic skills seem less than adequate and this often makes me feel embarrassed. I know I can be successful if I find the right job but this seems to be the crux.

December 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(67) Mike L says:

I was diagnosed just this year with ADD (at age 47) and learning of the condition has been an eye-opening experience. I now understand why I have had over 30 jobs in the last 26 years and reading the posts on this forum has made me laugh and brought tears to my eyes as I recognize commonalities I share with many of you. Unfortunateley, I am currently trapped in a job that will make many of you cringe when I mention it – I am a Medicare Auditor… sitting in a cube all day entering numbers into spreadsheets and filling out otherwise mindless mind-numbing boring BS paperwork. It is a highly repetitive, high stress production environment that is slowly killing me mentally and emotionally. It is extremely detail-oriented and highly regulation-driven and I have been living a slowly devolving nightmare as I drop further and further behind in my work, get reprimanded, and otherwise just made to feel like I’m an idiot because I can’t keep up. Like many of you fellow ADD-gifted people, my IQ was actually once assessed at 165, 20 points above the genius threshold, but at work, I’m just the absent-minded old guy who chronically forgets things and get less done than anyone else. I’m still discovering thngs about myself in this journey and hopefully I can soon find a career that I can not only do well and enjoy, but actually thrive in. I wish all of you success in your own journeys thru this minefield of people who just don’t understand what it’s like to struggle with hyper-focus on certain things and total inability to focus on others. Thanks for your words of inspiration and keep fighting the good fight.

December 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm
(68) Hunter says:

Interstingly enough I too have ADHD- which is of course Attention Deficite Hyperness Disorder. Now here is the twist in this story of mine; I also have something called OCD- which stands for Obsessive Compulsive Dissorder. Yes I know it all sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but basically they both act as parasitic creatures that suck the life out of me with each and every day of my existence here on earth. However devouring they seemed to me I felt as if all hope was lost until reading these comments which had me occasionally smileing at the fact that these words that had been typed were true.

December 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(69) Hunter says:

I was diagnosed at the early age of 7 during my elemetary years where I was a very confused child. I was wonderful at sports; most of the time surpassing my teamates in athletic ability, but failing to mirror my ability for sports with school. I learned through various interviews with my “ADHD specialists” that I was indeed different. Although those words seemed like pine needles piercing my skin I kept a sense of optimism that I am better than you so to speak. I am not an ignorant person, but I do catch myself bragging from time to time about my athletic past speaking of what could have been. Although my life has been a struggle I can’t help but always think of what my father tells me; “someone always has it worse than you”. However bold that statement may seem to you, I now at the age of 19 see it as a humble statement. My father realized through his experiences with life that there was always someone out there that had it worse than he did. Reading these articles should be another prime example of it.

December 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(70) Hunter says:

Embrace ADD/ADHD/OCD or whatever (dd) you have and look at it as an asset and not a burden. I am getting my BSN degree which will take me on to Childrens Hospital in Dallas where I hope to be a great assett to the the already amazing staff there. I will channel my ADHD into helping kids; like we who have this gift childrens minds wonder all the time. It is not a sad thing to see a child turn into an adult; it is sad to see when a wondering creative childs mind turns into an overly focussed adults mind. We who have ADHD must become adults, I believe it to be essential to our survival; but I do believe that we have a gift to peer into our interchildhood minds wich want to wonder and be ever so creative. I eventually want to specifically work with kids with ADD/ADHD and give them insight on what to expect and how to prevent some of the hard lessons I have endurred through my life dealing with this so called disease.

February 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm
(71) max says:

the best job for any person is the one that naturally fits one’s talents and abilities. one of the books that helped me figure out my own natural talents and abilities is called “Now Discover Your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham. You may also try Strenghtsfinder 2.0 or something along those lines. good luck!

March 2, 2011 at 4:39 am
(72) Annika says:

i will ask the samme questions..My medicine dosen´t allways help. I failed in every job, and start loosing interest in life.

March 9, 2011 at 2:44 am
(73) matt holcomb says:

whatever you have passion for, then find a creative way to work in it.

March 28, 2011 at 12:22 am
(74) Shun says:

I feel like I have ADD. I feel like I have suffered with this disorder since childhood but no one bothered to have me tested since I always did well in school. Every since I can recall, I have suffered with severe mood swings, depression, low self esteem, and an inability to maintain relationships. I am now an adult that has a hard time maintaining a job because of my inability to keep my home life under control. I am doing better than I have in the past, but I feel like it is only because I am not dealing with the stress of a job. I fear that my old patterns of behavior will become an issue again if I start to work again. I currently have no support with this issue. Comments welcomed.

May 13, 2011 at 3:54 am
(75) Amanda says:

I must admit, this forum has been so relieving to me, and I know I am nor the only one to say this but I am truly happy to know that there ate other people out there going through the same things as me. Jen’s comment made me tear up, because I could fit myself perfectly in her shoes.

I am another one of those unfortunate female ADDers, though not formally diagnosed yet, I’m in the process of getting there and have already been suspected to have it by my doctor. My whole life has been what the ‘normies’ call a failure. I’ve recently dropped out of university due to my complete lack of motivation and procrastination, my parents don’t believe me when I say I do have a mental disorder. I hate being like this, and at times I feel that I am alone and I want to honestly fit in with the rest of boring people out there. I want to stay in university, I want to get a typical job, live a normal life.

But I know that’d not going to happen anytime soon, I don’t event know when I’ll get diagnosed, but I pray it will be soon because I really can’t take this anymore. Ive done so many reckless things in the past few months, I’ve been sent to hospital from an overdose on my antidepressants, I’ve wrecked my kitchen, almost set a park a light. I can’t deal with stress/boredom well, and the even mote unfortunate thing is is that what I’m studying in university WAS what I wanted to do. It’s concept design, very art based.

If I can’t handle that, then I don’t know what I should do. I do agree on bot changing your hobby into a job or work, because our sense of creativity breaks the normal boundaries, I know we play by our rules. I am an amazing artist, I know that. I have so many ideas, people have been impressed by them, and I always wondered why, if I’m so good with drawing, can’t I stand art classes in school and college. This is because our style is unconventiak. We work best without boundaries.

May 14, 2011 at 12:54 am
(76) Timothy says:

I am excited to see these posts. I have been diagnosed with add since i was in preschool. I have recently (within the last few yrs) accepted that i do indeed have it and have come to the conclusion we are different but we are better accepting it as we are. I have been told many times from ppl I have worked with if only more of us were like you quiet and staying on task being able to do multiple things and think about many things at once. I learned in highschool the brain can only think of one thing at once but thats not the case with me i think of so many things at once sometimes it causes me to lose focus of the important task my employer wants me to accomplish and i mess up consiquently I lose my job.

Today it has happened again but this time is different I feel more at peace i have hanged in with ppl with 20 yrs more experience and have teached them things as well. The world is tough place do not get discouraged u can do any job you want to, but some jobs would definetly more suit us. I have had so many jobs and have been in the workforce since i was 14. I have learned so much and can honestly say you should definetly not take my path althought it was fun.

May 14, 2011 at 12:55 am
(77) Timothy says:

Find out of the jobs that suit us best wich is for you put your heart into it you will succeed. I have known what I have had a long time been to many schools had many jobs for the past 8 yrs i have been in the collision repair field and somehow been able to adapt and work on semi tractors and trailers overwelmed because i can see the task all of it at once, but I push foward and due to the caring of ppl I have learned to be able to not let it affect me as much as even normal ppl would be.

Although I have almost succeded in my career as a painter/bodyman I have found that it is best to make it my hobby 9yrs ago i made a deal with myself to give this 10yrs open a shop and go to a computer field, the economy has not allowed me more success and i have realised i can do it anywhere so realy my shop is whereever I decide. I think the thing that has helped me most is that I have been taught since a young age to go ahead and let myself think how i do and continue try. Besides the worse thing that can happen is you get fired. Big deal been fired from every collision repair job i’ve had cept one and I know atleast twice as much as a normal person that has been in the field for 8yrs. Still can’t stay focused but i did plan on goin to computers anyways lol.

Timothy
age 29
PS Thanks to all the teachers couselers and job coaches for taking the time for us who think a lil too much lol

May 14, 2011 at 1:11 am
(78) Timothy says:

Forgot to say that i have never once personally told an employer that I have add. Tried that twice per a job coaches advice and was flatt out rejected a position both times. Every other time each interview I did not I recieved
the position. My last job I was told I was picked from over 1000 resumes. Practice your interviews take classes that have to do with Interveiwing, writing resumes and interpersonal skills 90% of all ppl lack the training and with add will make a huge difference in your everyday life.

May 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm
(79) Renee says:

Dear Mike,

In 2008 is when i was finally able to get help with my add. I got to see a doctor that was taking care of my grandmother for so many years. The medicine that she had gave me was the best thang that could have ever happend to me. But when my doctors office got switched and she went somewhere else i had to see another doctor. Yes that doctor was giving me my meds until we had a little dispute and she took me off my meds. Now i finally got a good doctor to help me out. But since she took me off my medicine that i was on it didnt work like it use to. I am having trouble trying to find a medicine that will help me and right now i am scared to try knew thangs cause the last time i was trying to find one i had a bad spell on it. It made me go in a depression mode / crazy mode. And i dont want that to ever happen again. I am 25 years old with 3 boys but without the right medication I am not myself and ths is not right for my kids. can you tell me something that i could ask my doctor to try me on or i can tell you all the ones that i have tryed. Thanks so much for also sharing your storys this has made it easier for me to fill comfortable to talk about ths.

June 1, 2011 at 11:06 am
(80) Carole says:

I was recently (3 days ago!) diagnosed with ADD, and I am 45. I have struggled terribly since I was a very young child. I was diagnosed with clinical depression in my mid 20s and have been on an antidepressant ever since. However, I have always known that something just wasn’t right. Antidepressants have helped some, but I have been merely existing and not really living all these years. A few days ago my doctor put me on a medication called Vivance and I have felt alive for the first time since I was a child. The mental clarity/energy and the ability to start and complete tasks without being overwhelmed or frustrated has been miraculous to me. I feel that I have spent most of my life in a semi-catatonic state, and to feel alert and alive is amazing!

June 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(81) Leona says:

Carole,

I felt like I was reading my life story as I was reading what you wrote! I was diagnosed with clinical depression as a teen and was (and still am on) anti-depressants for years. Thankfully about 10 years ago, I had a boring data entry job, and a boss who was familiar with ADHD who recognized the symptoms in me and alerted me to them. After being diagnosed and being put on medicine, a whole new world opened up to me! I completely empathize and agree with you that I lived my life just existing and not really living. I encourage you to get some talk therapy or counseling, b/c that is the thing that really helped me. I had lots of issues of anger come up with the fact that the bazillions of doctors I had seen in my teens had not been able to properly diagnose me with ADHD, and therefore I ended up majoring in the easiest thing in college, and if I had only known, I could have majored in something that actually required focus. Good luck to you and I wish you all the best!

June 10, 2011 at 1:56 am
(82) Billly says:

Hi everyone

My name is Billy, I have been adopted from africa and been diagnosed ADD at age of 4 years old. Right at pre-school I was taking Ritalin. I always been among the first of the classes because of it. Then, during my teenagehood, I stoped to take it. My grades went down, I could not go to the top universities. Now, I continue to take it to finish my bachelor of finance, but really ADD is the blessing of my life. If one of you can learn how to use this POWERFUL weapon that is ADD/ADHD, you will be KILLER at what you do best. Because in our brains , there is virtually no limit to our creation and sensibility. We feel things that no one can. If you are in business, and artisit or anything that needs creation and communication, you will be the very best. I have sales experience and everybody dont understand howcome I am so good at it. For me its so easy, I am still young but I willl make millions out if my salemanship, I am going to work for Bank of America Merryl Lynch next summer. Bill Gates, Spielberg, Mozart, Tom Cruise, Lincolm, Kennedy, Jim Carey, Carnegie and many others had ADD and are the leaders of this world. If one wants to be EXTREMELY succesfull, he has to be seen as crazy by others.

Billy

June 23, 2011 at 1:36 am
(83) JD says:

Although I have almost succeded in my career as a painter/bodyman I have found that it is best to make it my hobby 9yrs ago i made a deal with myself to give this 10yrs open a shop and go to a computer field, the economy has not allowed me more success and i have realised i can do it anywhere so realy my shop is whereever I decide.

June 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm
(84) Natalie Baldwin says:

I definitely say do what you love and I am a great believer in ‘following your heart’. This is not to say that it will not be easy at times and with jobs any person who is not diagnosed with such diagnoses find difficulties, however thesze difficulties can be increased by the affects of ADD and ADHD.

I am currently carrying out a degree course in Social Work. When I was 13-16 years old I found it difficult to deal with my own ‘issues’ let alone think about the future. It could also be said that many people often presumed I would be in a dead end job or get pregnant young and not pursue a career. However through determination and aspiration to use my life experience to good use and support others.

June 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm
(85) Natalie Baldwin says:

Although I have had difficulty throughout my degree with trying to deal with the issue that accompany my diagnoses of ADHD. In my first year of my degree I found difficulty in juggling the pressures of moving out of my family home, trying to make friends, meeting deadlines as was as keeping focus to write the essays. However with the support of a mentor I was able to incorporate a structure within my work and use her to support my process. Within my second year of university there has been an increased difficulty in trying to juggle placement, placement work, university work and personal stresses. At times within my placement I have also been pulled up on ,y professionalism due to not committing to deadlines due to my attention span diverting and also due to being ‘honest’ at times, whereby I needed to outweigh this with professionalism, However with my diagnoses I have an impulse to answer questions honestly and no reflect on answers. Therefore, what I am trying to conclude is that I believe whatever career you choose there will be difficulty,which will be heightened by the diagnoses of ADD/ ADHD, however take this as a journey and not a defeat. Stay true to yourself and believe in yourself, just because you have this diagnoses, does not been you are less capable than others and taking my experience, I have had many difficulties however I truly believe my experiences with ADHD will one day support my career choice. Do not let a diagnoses make you choose a career, you are no less able than others, everyone has ‘problems’ and ‘issues’. Learn to cope with the side affects and don’t let them control you and you choices you make.

August 3, 2011 at 3:59 am
(86) CPRN says:

Thanks to all who contributed their experiences. I’ve been an RN for 24 years and in the healthcare profession for over 30 years. Started as an EMT, transitioned to LPN, then got my BSN. Have done all types of nursing and am currently an ICU RN. I hate the BS paperwork and computerized charting, not to mention all the nonsense I have to put up with from hospital admin. I do great at patient care and have received tons of thank-you letters from my patients. Just can’t stand the admin part of things. I read with great interest the different careers that other ADD professionals have gone through – most that stand out are those where we have the autonomy to make decisions and work independently. I can vouch for those jobs definitely. For you ADD nurses out there, I found that doing flight nursing, working on a mobile lithotripter, and working as an airport nurse were the best jobs I ever had. Working as a night ER nurse was OK in that I didn’t have to deal with all the admin types and had a bit more autonomy than other hospital RNs. I tried admin (charge nurse, director of nursing, chief flight nurse, etc.), did OK, but hated every minute of it. I work best with MDs who are team players and listen to my opinions. Needless to say, I thrive in positions where I work alone or nearly alone. I hate working with tons of people (staff not patients), tons of noise (monitor alarms), tons of distraction, and tons of charting, so ICU is not turning out to be an ideal work environment for me. Despite this, I have stuck it out for 5 years – now it’s time to call it quits. Hope this helps. BTW, I have not been formally diagnosed as having ADD, but after reading about it, I will seek some help. I still love nursing, but am looking at other careers as nursing has changed, and not for the better in my opinion. Good luck to that BSN student who is looking at working with kids – I think you will do great.

October 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm
(87) Josh says:

In elementary school I could not focus and had a hard time reading for long periods and had to reread things several times for it to make sense to me. The school that I went to knew there was something wrong with me but did not diagnose me with anything and just put me in a special class. I was pretty much separated from my other peers and felt like I was stupid because the other kids in my class had serious mental problems. I was tested and did well on tests if i was in a quite room by myself or outside in the hall. I hated school because I just didn’t seem to fit in at all. Recently I discovered that i use the right side of my brain more then others and that i am an idealist rather then a realist. I am always coming up with new ideas and it seems like everyday i am deciding that I want to have some different career everyday, this really bothers my wife with all the different business ideas that i have and i hardly follow through with any of them. I procrastinate and then just change my mind or give up to easily. I managed to get my business administration degree without reading all of my school text books I would just look up the answers instead of reading all the material because I can only read for so long unlike my wife who finishes a book in one day it would probably take me a month or so. Any who, I am now a stay at home dad for the last 2 years since I got let go from my call center cubicle banking Job. i have tried my own business a virtual online store that i set up. We have not had much business since I opened it about a month ago and feel like i want to move on to something else. I am hesitant to see a doctor about ADD and not the type to take meds.

November 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm
(88) Kristi says:

I am currently working as an elementary music teacher – a job that should be fun for an ADD person because you are dealing with a lot of people just like you. Not at all. I get to teach a little bit of what I love but have to spend most of my time and energy trying to control behavior – especially with the upper elementary students who just want to goof off and make my job nearly impossible. I get to be creative in coming up with ways to teach the concepts, but that requires planning and ambition. I have become kind of a professional student taking online classes in Health Information Management. I do very well as a student because I don’t have to try to focus all of my ideas into something that may or may not work. Instead I complete tasks that have very clear definitions of what needs to be done. I read slow too, but I break it into small chunks. I guess I need a job where others tell me exactly what is expected of me – not one in which I have to make other people do what I want.

November 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm
(89) Rien on Van Isle says:

A quiet work environment rarely works for me. I can concentrate much better when there is something “going on” in the background, as long as I don’t have to respond to it. The best places are coffee places with people coming and going. I can hyper-concentrate for hours in those situations.
Just gotta take care not to lose too much time chatting ;)

December 11, 2011 at 2:36 am
(90) steph says:

I cant imagin not being dignosted till 27 or even 40whatever, thats madness, they caught me at 6? with the ‘disorder’. The school systems dont treat people like me well… since I dont fit the mold. Because I would fidget in my chair the teaches would take it away and make me stand untill whenever they saw fit, because I didnt want to sit down I was put in a vest with weights sowed in it. It was so ovious I DIDNT FIT. But it wasnt the system they look at as the problem…. it was me. but imagin being in school…. what the kids thought of me…. the amount of friends I had…. . Please dont think you have a disorer, you dont. Its really a blesing, like so many others have said we are gifted individuals. and just like ever person we have something special to offer the world :) i can multi task ur ass off :) can do eight things at once, im an indivudualistic worker, liike people just not working with them.. energetic fun loving, easy to smile :) the world doesnt always see the AMASING potential we have… and often we are left behind, but dont give up! we have a spot for us somewhere….

December 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm
(91) Jason says:

I really enjoyed reading Mike’s comments… It was like reading someones definition of myself.

I am diagnosed with A.D.H.D. Since I was a child, I was always in trouble, writing lines during lunch and after school. Much of school was discouraging and I pretty much gave up on it and just got through. Curiously though, I could do no homework, go into math tutorials early in the morning of a test, cram and get a high b or a.

I struggled through culinary school, partying doing drugs etc… Not able to concentrate through the day and had to keep finding other things to keep my interest. However, I found a niche in cooking. I was really good at being attentive during an adrenalin rush.

From their I was invited to cook in a Church. (I will bring in my faith here only because I can’t keep that out of my story, you can stop reading here if you like) At the Church I found an accepting community that allowed me to make some mistakes and hone my cooking abilities. The Church often put on large banquets and that was good at providing the challenge and rush I needed to excel. Along with that my new found faith in Jesus gave me overall purpose to my life, which always gave a reason to everything I did (I am thinking of the comment above that spoke of doing things when we see the reason for)

I became the head Chef and was able to lead banquets for a 1000 people when I was only 19. After moving to another position at a fine dining and banquet restaurant I gained my apprenticeship and red seal qualification for the trade in cooking where I received a 4.0 grade average.

December 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm
(92) Jason says:

After that job I decided to go to Bible College for a B.A in Pastoral Leadership so that I would be better able at articulating my faith to others. I was always poor in school, but at this point because it was my interest I was in highest honors in the second semester and received a full ride scholarship.

Half way through schooling I started to manage their kitchen on campus and found it interesting because it was a total project. Because of my creativity and risk taking I turned the kitchen around and improved their quality and also their budget by 60%.

I also was able to start a catering business on the side which has become pretty successful. On a given catering day I can have 20 staff working for me and we could be catering up to 3 events at a time. (This is all during doing school full time, and managing a kitchen full time!)

After all this my A.D.D feels like it is on turbo drive lol. I now am out of a challenge and I am getting bored of my business already and I am graduating from school in April. (Although I finished my studies by Christmas, meaning that although I was doing all of this I finished my 4 year b.a 1/2 a year early…)

December 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm
(93) Jason says:

One year ago I got married and hope to start a family. So I am sourcing out a better paying career and came across firefighting. It seems perfect given the description of Mike and others of the hyper awareness we Adhd’s can have as a strength.

ADD side note, st. john’s worth, multi vitamin and omega threes is a sweet natural supplement

I am signed up to go to fire school in May and I am pretty excited. My only worry is that I am only functioning on hyper drive. Others will congratulate me for accomplishing so much in such a short time, but my worry is that I will never be able to provide a stable life. I seem to need big changes….At this point a new direction with business is not enough…If I get bored of firefighting in 8 years will I be putting my family through a crazy restructuring every few years just so that I have a new challenge and am able to focus? Before I finish a project I am already starting a new one…

Any thoughts?

January 9, 2012 at 3:48 am
(94) ChristieSyftie says:

Zac-(posting number 34 or 35 from Spring 2010). I read every one of these…kindred souls many….but had to ask specifically about you, Zac. I just wondered how you’re doing, Hon? I have three teens, a 14 year old son with diabetes, a son almost 16, who has ADHD and OCD, and a daughter in the middle whose only affliction is her brothers, hehe:). And I have ADD, too. I feel for you since I know exactly how challenging and downright discouraging it can be to have ADD and diabetes, both. I have a heart for teens also, because in addition to my three who I love to pieces and who also drive me crazy sometimes, I am a substitute teacher working on getting her credential so I can teach middle and high school kids all the time. I want to come alongside people while they are young so they can learn how valuable they are, that we all have some challenge of one type or another, and often it is the hardships that make us better, stronger, more compassionate people. You just have to be a glass half-full type of person, as some people here have pointed out. I wish you all God’s best blessings, Zac and want to commend you for having the savvy to post here and to take action to get some help. If you haven’t been able to really get any adults to give you guidance, support, etc. yet, keep trying. Hang in there, kiddo. You can navigate anything, this included. I am not a polyanna, but just have learned from some pretty difficult times in my life.

January 9, 2012 at 3:52 am
(95) ChristieSyftie says:

(continued…) I also have OCD and of course, the ensuing anxiety and depression (til I got my meds dialed) I’ve concluded that God has a great sense of humor, and which I can’t help but notice mirth and funny things all over myself. I mention Him, because there is the real Source of my strength. But of course, that’s purely individual preference. I never try to force my opinions, on religion, politics or otherwise down someone’s throat, but I don’t apologize either. I hope that you see this Zac, and give us an update about how you are faring.
Also, Jason good for you:) You Rock. It’s wise to anticipate the likelihood of your functioning at Mock 5 (spelling?) in terms of warp speed, and I am not sure what to tell you, but I haven’t noticed anyone mention this one aspect of life yet: exercise. Personally, I spend so much time organizing etc. that I always seem to run out of time to exercise but I am turning over a new leaf, make that a tree, no make it an orchard :) this very year and am convinced, based on all that I’ve read about brain chemistry etc. that exercise may do very very well in helping to properly calibrate the brain chemistry, regardless of pathology or not. So that is what I’m going to do. Perhaps that will allow you to maintain your efficiency, focus, energy and drive, Jason, but will make you tired enough to slow down some and get restful sleep, etc. I know that it is usually quite difficult to maintain intense phyical and mental exertions chronically. Something has to give and your are obviously a quality person to realize ahead of time that you need to find a way for it not to be your kids!

January 9, 2012 at 3:58 am
(96) ChristieSyftie says:

(continued…3 of 3). Finally, regarding the job situation, I think that being a school teacher is a great position for someone with ADD. It necessarily provides structure, meaning, challenges, stimulation and an appropriate outlet and appreciation for teaching. Enthusiasm and an ability to reach people are valued in thsi profession, too. I absolutely adore it. I also think that I will try to steer my son toward being an EMT (my oldest with ADD) because he is so strong and wonderful. But I hate to see him waste his very high IQ., although that is probably not a very useful way to look at it. And from the ideas posted here, it looks like I am wrong about engineering being boring anyway, and engineering jobs are not always boring. that field seemed appropriate for my son since he aces AP Physics and Calculus without studying. Thank you everyone for relating your experiences and sentiments. And Keath you are a blessing. I am saying a special prayer for you all:):)

January 14, 2012 at 1:22 am
(97) ksp830 says:

I have been wondering if I have ADHD now for a year but am too put off to visit the doctor due to parents, partner who thought I was being silly due to losing my previous job and who put it down to depression.

I am also to shy/afraid to chase any jobs I would like to do as with going to the doctors on my own. Now I am stuck in a dead end security job and feel stuck – I tried going back to college to study IT which I love but feel that now I am too old to start a career.

If I could I would live in my own dream world and play on my xbox all day but I also need to pay the bills. I hate socializing and speaking to people I dont know….

January 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm
(98) John says:

On the other hand, I am an IT worker (software developer) with ADHD and I despise what I do.

It amounts to being stuck in a sensory-deprivation cubicle staring at a screen for years.

The industry survives by churning its standards arbitrarily, so you have to constantly read hundreds of pages of the dullest text on earth to keep up, or you will fall behind kids just out of school.

I would *not* recommend this path.

February 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm
(99) Amanda says:

I am 19 and was diagnosed with adhd when I was in 4th grade. I used to get made fun of all the time in elementary school because I would hum to myself during class or I would rock back and forth in my seat. I had no friends and was teased all the time because of my weird little “ticks.” I was diagnosed in 4th grade because my teacher made me take an IQ test. Before i began adhd meds, my IQ score was 119 and after a month of being on adhd meds, my score on the second IQ test was 142. My teacher said it was a perfectly clear sign of adhd. I have been on meds for the past 10 years and I am growing to hate them. I know I am a very bright person, but I hate having to be medicated in order to focus and prove my intelligence. When I am on my medicine, I consider majoring in business, and when I am off of it, I really couldnt care less about business. So know I am halfway through college with a major that I already hate and I have no idea what to do. I cant stay in college any longer because my scholarship wont cover any more semesters so I have to choose now or I will graduate with a degree I hate.

March 4, 2012 at 2:53 am
(100) DK says:

Hi Amanda,
10 years is a great deal of time to be on medication. I was also tired of taking my ADD medication and so one day I just decided to test how I would feel for 3 weeks without it. It was AWESOME. I found out that I was so much better off without it. I didn’t feel numb anymore, I smiled more and felt more excited about life and people. I started to tolerate my job and finished my resume so I could find a Job that suits me better. I live to sing and now I sing all the time, everywhere I go. I am even going to audition for a singing contest.

I believe that the ADD meds ate to make you focus. But if you are happy and doing something that makes your soul happy, you don’t need much help to focus.

I was on adderal and I will never take it again. Ya I admit that sometimes it is hard to get started on things but that happens to everyone. I try and listen to that inner voice that tells me to MOVE IT. Dont engorge that voice.

March 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm
(101) The kid says:

I have a 1.9 college GPA, I’m going to school for nursing, because my teacher said If you don’t know what you want to become go for nursing, i honestly hate school, I been trying to focus on it all day, and i just can’t. I’m 20 years old, on what was suppose to be my last semester at a community college, but becuase of my G.P.A average, i can’t transfer, so i have to retake a bunch of classes, and i’m just fusterated, i go to school two days a week, from 7am, to 730 at night, i work 5 days a week, 7 am -4pm. and i’m on the verge of quiting school, because i ‘m too dumb.

March 22, 2012 at 10:12 am
(102) DavADD says:

So, here I am at 50, well educated (mechanical engineering with MBA) and I am in jeopardy of losing my third job in 5 years. Am I really the loser my wife thinks I am? Fortunately, although I have often said it jokingly that I had ADD, I finally found out that I really do have ADD–AND most importantly, what does that mean. I am actually relieved because what is wrong with me is real, and I can change. I have been in marketing, but the wrong side. Always felt I was creative but passed on the creative jobs for more $$. Time to step back and reassess. Sorry for rambling, but I feel the same as many of you and am actually relieved to have ADD. Now I can live my life they way I need to, not just do something for the money.

March 26, 2012 at 9:34 am
(103) MARY says:

I was diagnosed with ADHD about 10 years ago. I tried Adderall but it made me feel like I had the flu. It may have changed over the last decade, however. I tried another pill but it made me rage. I’ve been on Concerta for years and it only helps a bit. I need to either go up on Concerta (very expensive medication) or change my meds.
I’m in grad school and studying to be a teacher. Yes, teachers with ADHD can succeed.
It’s true what they say about attention to detail; I lost 2 jobs because I couldn’t focus, even on Concerta. So, in addition to meds, I am more aware of my own behavior and have changed it. Ex: I am very organized!

April 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm
(104) Jenn9878 says:

I was just fired from a decent job because I was “disorganized”. My boss knew I was ADD & on more than one occasion she and other employees have made comments about me being on medicine. It made me feel different from the others. It really hurt & some days I would get teased to the point of going home in tears. Sounds like high school, right? I’m 33 years old and I worked for a property management company. Not sure what I will do from here. Definitely something without paperwork.

April 15, 2012 at 6:12 am
(105) Jeff says:

WOW…I cant believe its 6am. I just couldn’t pull away form skimming through most of your comments! Very informative and definitely useful information from everyone here. It is truly a blessing in knowing others have positive feedback from the emotional ride of ADD. I’m 46 and looking back on my life it is easy to see the toll my life has taken from this issue. Every aspect of my life has suffered, school, work, direction of life, home, and my family. I’m older so to the younger wonderful people who’s dealing with ADD, embrace it and make it work for you. If it is meds that’ll help you to get to your destination life has for you, use it for your better. Like some others of my age, it;s startling to know how damaging and challenging it can be wrestling with this daily. I will definitely keep myself informed with everyone’s post and ways to share living with ADD.
Everyone have a blessed Sunday and I thank you each for your post and helping out a warm soul. Jeff

April 22, 2012 at 10:46 am
(106) Eddie506 says:

I just ran across this site after goggling the best jobs for adhd people and find it very interesting. I’m a recovering alocholi/addict that used both to self medicate over the years. I’m now 28 and trying to catch up on life so I’m work 60 plus hours/ go to school/ in the ARNG/ and remodeling a house all at the same time which keeps me sober and busy. I worry about relapsing when I think about going on an ADHD medication but don’t want the adverse sexual side affects that come along with the meds that aren’t stimulants. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions for meds they’ve have experience with? I tried stratera when I was in rehab but had urination and erection problems.

April 23, 2012 at 12:54 am
(107) Matt says:

I am too relieved to see people with the same symptoms as me. I also have terrible anxiety. I have started taking a supplement called Kavinace and it does help. I have been getting into trouble at work and was put on a 90 day performance review. I am so stressed out. I have always had problems with organizing my life and thoughts. I got reamed on my past review for being unorganized. i have been looking for another job/career. I honestly feel like I can’t do anything right. Maybe a professional job just isn’t right for me. I think the best job I ever had was delivering office equipment I think it would be cool to bed a ups driver. Wish I could find the right position for mgr too her in. I have a feeling if I don’t find it son I will be fired from my current one. I wish my mind would slow down. It almost seems as anxiety and ADHD go hand in hand from the rest of the other posts.

April 26, 2012 at 12:11 am
(108) Paranoid says:

I have been diagnosed w mild to moderate add since 22 (28 now). I also self medicated through college and used adderal. While it helped w motivation/symptoms I didn’t like some of the side effects (worsened my anxiety).

I had 4.0 from k-12, and was in the gifted program. I excelled at math and physics, but feel a degree in engineering would be unattainable. I already have a ton of student debt from BS in psychology at expensive school, don’t live close to any engineering programs, and going to school while working 40 hrs/wk and being a family man scares me. I, too enjoy finding creative solutions to problems, but don’t know what careers in this area that could apply to. My wife also gets frustrated by my inability to “choose a career and stick to it”.

I now have a desk job at a mental health center and it is a struggle. I spend more time creating spreadsheets to automate certain tasks than I do working on what I should. I think I need to be in a job w little to no paperwork, but that is hard to come by these days :(

My previous job as an electrician was very enjoyable but the two guys I worked under we’re complete pricks. It was seriously having a toll on my self esteem.

I have considered teaching, but am unsure about the lesson planning issue, and possible paperwork. I love children, and this is probably because I can relate to them on maturity level/attention span.

Any other teachers out there who manage to do the job well, despite having add? I really do want to find something I enjoy and stick with it, but lately that seems impossible. My wife is (she thinks) more frustrated than I am. She is an actuary, and is extremely organized and detail oriented. I think we complement each other very well, but we would both be happier if I found my calling.

Anyway, Im rambling. input from teachers?

May 25, 2012 at 11:29 am
(109) "King" says:

Everyone here seems very knowledgeable about this topic, so I ask of all of you some help. I’m almost 18 years old (5 days) and I’ve crossed the stage, graduation stage, two days ago. To be honest I’m kindof scared of the future, I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 3, and i’ve been seeing a counsulor on a weekly basis. I used to take ridilen but it seemed to make me very deppressed, so I stopped, so I would really like to know what kind of job a young man of my little experience would suit me. Oh and I’ve been in retail many times and in the repetitave nature of it makes it to difficult for me to get into. please, I really need help.

June 19, 2012 at 7:13 am
(110) DX says:

Hi all,

I have not yet been diagnosed with ADD, however I have suffered with strong symptoms of inattentive ADD since childhood, but I’m 25 now and only recently realised what ADD was. The symptoms are a perfect match and although its a relief to know that my years of difficulty learning, engaging and working are possibly caused by something, in the UK I have found it extremely difficult to get any support that helps, and my career is suffering the most now.

I am a graphic designer, trained and experienced. I was told in school to go with graphic design as I had a tendency to design loads of my own cd covers, make my own music, and earlier in life I had turned my room into a shop for a while and labelled everything with graphics. I also loved drawing buildings, but nothing came out of that.

The problem is, now I’m 25 and a few years experienced in the industry after university, I am no longer enjoying it as I just cannot focus or concentrate, and am really struggling with deadlines and timekeeping. I’ve become severely depressed was a result, feeling worthless. Today I’m freelancing as I moved away to another country for a better life, although I’m missing home far too much and heading back soon. I’ve been given contracted projects recently but I am failing to complete them in time, and going WAY beyond the given timescales, and I keep procrastinating or daydreaming with my mind going elsewhere. I seem to be uninterested, and honestly a lot of the clients are seriously un-exciting, so maybe thats it.

June 19, 2012 at 7:14 am
(111) DX says:

Continued…

So although those with ADD symptoms are great at creative jobs, most of the creative jobs in the world that pay your wage actually end up being mundane as you have to be lucky to work on projects you actually want to work on. I’m now thinking of changing my industry. Id like to go back to making music but I’ve forgotten a lot and I just can’t concentrate enough to learn the skills on how to play the keyboard or use the software. Plus I just get distracted if I try. I would LOVE to have my own business, being a freelance graphic designer is not quite the same. But to start your own business you need money. And unfortunately I have nothing saved and the only thing I own is an overdraft and a car I’m still paying off.

As I mentioned earlier, in the UK its tough getting support. I have been apparently waiting to be referred to an ADD specialist for the last 2 years, nothing has happened, nobody cares. I attended a CBT group but it was pretty embarrassing and didn’t help at all, and no matter how many tips or advice people give me, I just forget them or can’t focus on trying to use them.

Life sucks having ADD, plus the depression and no money. I’ve only been able to get antidepressants which don’t really work and destroy my productivity. I’m wondering if ADD meds would actually help, its just a shame that I don’t seem to have a hope in getting any.

Good luck to all looking for jobs with ADD, but don’t elect a creative job to be the ultimate job as if this was the case then half the people on the planet would be designers or musicians.

Sorry to be so negative, wish I had more positive things to say!

August 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm
(112) Peter says:

Wonderful posts. Recently diagnosed with ADHD at age 43 and have been researching it ever since. Everything makes sense now: the inability to work/keep conventional, boring desk jobs; obsession with keeping physically and mentally busy at all times; excessive creativity and intuitive, “outside the box” thinking; caring attitude towards others; extreme depression because of an inability to perform habitual, robotic tasks at work day in and day out; being thought of as exasperating in both work and personal life. I don’t think ADHD is a condition. I think it’s a personality type that is ill-suited to these unfortunate, robotic times. Contemporary office work–in any industry–is nothing more than air-conditioned, industrial-like slave labor that eats away at you. ADHD people are not abnormal at all. Some of the greatest minds the world has known had this personality type.

I was a hyperactive troublemaker in school, and was pushed into all sorts of gifted programs to combat my boredom (classroom pace was way too slow–everybody seemed rather stupid and dull), but it only offered more opportunity for me to cause mayhem. My IQ has been tested at 162, though I am professionally and financially a thorough failure in this life. I can’t fit into any job I’ve ever had. Not that an ADHD person can choose the right job in this economy–there’s not much to be had for anybody. I was once a stage actor and writer, but one cannot make a living doing those things; for nearly everyone with an interest, those things are hobbies. Tried Ritalin, took my personality, my edge, away from me so I stopped. Currently unemployed and facing homelessness. Going to take it a day at a time.

Don’t try too hard to adjust to the current world of work. It’s cockeyed. Be proud of ADD or ADHD. You’re many steps ahead of most people in a lot of ways! Good luck everybody, and keep posting.

September 4, 2012 at 7:31 am
(113) ZD says:

Hi
My son was recently diagnosed with ADHD, whichmade me look at myself and realise that i carry most of the symptoms of it as well. I am 28 now and have struggled with anxiety and depression. I always did well at school as school work was my hyper focus. Due to me doing well at school nobody suspected that i may have adhd. Once i finished school and moved out life became overwhelming and even with my good grades i never managed to accoplish anything. I moved from job to job getting bored with their mundaine repetition. Only this year as my 7 year old son was diagnosed i was talking to a ADHh society and they reccomended a website called http://www.flylady.com. This website has been the biggest help to me. I have established routines and got my house in some order, but most of all it has given me a bit more space from my chaotic mind to really start to know myself and the things that i know. I am planning to do a degree in nutrition starting next year, and the flylady website has allowed me to make this decision and feel confident that i can actually achieve this without feeling overwhelmed. Higly reccommend this site it has changed my life.

September 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm
(114) Tyrone says:

Crazy enough, I’ve just read every comment in this article and can relate to most. At this point in time, I would call my life “entropy control” as everything used to fall apart into a tangled mess like cheap fishing line. I’ve lost 2 jobs in the last 5 months, and trying to hold onto a job teaching outdoor activities to kids.

I’ve had social anxiety problems since I was a kid, and taking medication to control my flinches and ticks due to an overactive system, but tolerance is becoming an issue.

I’m the kind of person that starts writing tasks on a calendar, washes half his dishes, uses the bathroom, scrubs the tub and checks the time, realizing I need to go to work, finishes the dishes calls in late to work, then trips down the stairs by looking at the wrong one and busts his head.

All in all, teaching in an environment where I have control over the system has proven most enjoyable and productive for me.

September 30, 2012 at 7:20 am
(115) Me says:

I’m 35. I’d never considered myself having any sort of ‘problem’.

I’m an articulate, knowledgeable person who associates with a range of people, including some high-achievers, amongst whom I feel comfortable.

I’m observant and have a good range of knowledge (I like quizzes). I can remember a lot of things that I see/learn and can remember things from a very young age.

Unfortunately, my short-term memory is only good if I am engaged with what I am doing.

I have always had a tendency to clumsiness, although it hasn’t prevented my taking part in sports (little talent, but try hard). I’m reasonable at ‘freestyling’, but really struggle with set-plays and sequences. I really enjoy driving and riding.

As a child I was quite ‘clever’ and did well at school (I found it interesting, but fairly easy). It started going a bit wrong whilst studying engineering at university. I found that I was unable to concentrate on the intensive and very theoretical course. Motivation was zero.

In the world of work, I’ve consistently under-achieved in all of my jobs. This has been a source of stress and disappointment for both myself and frustration for my employers.

Focussing on tasks, time management and paperwork have been a constant source of difficulty for me. The effort involved in attempting to improve these aspects of work leave me little time & effort remaining for the rest of my work.

I would describe the many thoughts in my head as being scattered across a large floor, rather than being organised in a filing system.

Anyway, it’s good to read that other people appear to be similar, although I’m not sure if there’s anything to be done about it.

October 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm
(116) sanj says:

Wow,

These posts are me!!! I move from job to job and tend to keep jobs no longer for 2 years. My desk is always a mess. I do have a graduate degree and majored in finance in college. I was a terrible student in high school and barely passed my courses. I do considered myself smar and well read. I have worked as commercial banker which I loved talking to people and writing up the credit memo. I hated the loan documenation. I also worked as a Medicare auditor. That was a sheer hell for me. The computer would not stop pretty out paper and HATE EXCEL spreadsheets. So now I am hoping to empoly myself as a consultant. I do think gong solo is best for most folks with ADD or ADHD! Being a pawn in the machine or a clock puncher will drive mosgt of us CRAZY!!

October 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm
(117) ScaredForLife.ButHealing.FEMALE.SOUL says:

Oh wow! Can I definitely relate to these posts. I suppose now since all of us have discovered we are ADHD, we should start a TEMP AGENCY that caters to ‘high achievers/creative types’. That way we can create flexible jobs (that maintain our need for new assignments/tasks/variety). I was an admin assistant for several years (25+) and always had bosses praise me out of one side of their mouth and condemn me out of the other side of their mouth. (Very conflicting on the soul/heart…. It’s a shame society punishes us HUNTER TYPES (creatives) because we won’t conform to sitting in a cubicle all day, repeating some drone task for the sake of a weekly paycheck. At 49, I decided screw ‘normal’, I’m gonna live ‘poor in finances, but rich in spirit’. There’s nothing worse than selling your SOUL to fit in with the sheeple (masses). Thank God I’m ADHD. If you have ADHD, find a passion, work in a small business. Chances are you will have to ‘create your dream job’ to live/survive.

November 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm
(118) Nat says:

I seriously want to thank everyone for these very helpful comments. It brought a tear to my eyes. I was diagnosed with ADHD about 11 months ago and it has been quite a roller coaster ride. I have been through several medications (some which had a horrible effect on my cheery personality and even memory). I am able to handle small tasks a little better now that I found the right medicine but the long-term effect this “condition” has had on my self-esteem is very noticeable. It is very difficult to embark or commit to long-term projects when you always have this fear that you may drop the ball due to “boredom” or “inattention.”

It is also very difficult emotionally to see family, friends, and co-workers who are experts and successful in their job/vocation because they are able to manage the mundane details of their profession. I perpetually ask myself that perhaps I am just a quitter.

>>>>CONTINUED

November 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm
(119) NAT says:

I have also noticed it is extremely difficult and frustrating to work with people whom you do not feel respect for, who do not have the same problem-solving capabilities you have, and who have no empathy for others. Also, people who need step by step instructions for EVERYTHING they do and cannot think of creative solutions to their problems.

ON THE OTHER HAND, I have slowly accepted that I have wonderful strengths (not only weaknesses) and that my success will lead by developing those strengths. My ability to connect the dots and constantly ask myself, does this make sense? Why are we doing things this way? I refuse to memorize mundane details that do not solve anything or make anything better. I have also realized to slow down, to love continuous learning but take the time to slowly process information (to improve memorization of the details), and to have a system of people to hold me accountable. Sometimes I tend to think I can only work independently and that I do not want others involved in my life but having people remind you of the mundane tasks and responsibilities you have to complete is extremely important.

November 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm
(120) John R says:

So I am currently 25 years old. Up till high school I never had any problems with doing well in class. All through high school I barely passed my classes and graduated with a 2.3 GPA. I have an iq of 150, so I know that I am not stupid, but I can’t seem to figure out how to truly focus in college.
After dropping out of a community college two semesters in, I decided to take some time off of school. I started back into it three years ago, and began at a four year school a year and a half ago. No matter what I do however, I can’t seem to actually “do school” the way I know that I am supposed to. I am engaged to be married, and one of my future father in laws’ reasons for us waiting to get married till next spring(16 months) is me finishing school. I fear however that this may never come to fruition.
In light of this recent revelation, I am inclined to begin nailing down what career I want to pursue. The problem is that I have no idea what, if any, careers are available to someone without a college degree. I am basically looking for some advice on jobs suited to an intelligent person, with add, who is extroverted, and that has a decent salary.

November 25, 2012 at 12:18 am
(121) katie says:

I’ve been diagnosed with ADD since I was 10. 21 years spent with this and I struggle still. I was in Aderall SR, which worked great, but my insurance changed and won’t cover it. Ritalin works, but not as well. So my struggle at work is hard and I need to change, but I’m not sure what I will succeed in. I love teaching, but my impulsive side makes me worried to go into professional anything

November 25, 2012 at 12:18 am
(122) katie says:

I’ve been diagnosed with ADD since I was 10. 21 years spent with this and I struggle still. I was in Adderall SR, which worked great, but my insurance changed and won’t cover it. Ritalin works, but not as well. So my struggle at work is hard and I need to change, but I’m not sure what I will succeed in. I love teaching, but my impulsive side makes me worried to go into professional anything

November 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(123) Mark says:

Need your help…

I read on some of these post that ADD/ADHD ppl struggle with jobs that involve working w/people whom you do not feel respect for. That is 100% me.

I worked in quality control for manufacturing. The people in both jobs were jerks. One guy punched a woman. Nothing ever happened to him. Everyday, they would not only verbally fight with me, but each other. I was new and had to depend on two people to show me the ropes. They would ridicule me, even yell at me on the floor infront of others if I made a mistake. I ended up quitting.

I didn’t have the will to fight back. I hated who they were so much that my brain jammed. Someone wrote on these posts that “Also, I suspect that some humans use as a weapon something that targets attention/execution mechanisms which are already faulty in ADHD-types. It simply jams their brains.” This happened to me. Now I am unemployed.

Should I go back into quality control? I fear I will just run into the same issues and ultimately quit again.

Any help would be appreciated. Reply with your thoughts, I beg you

November 29, 2012 at 10:10 am
(124) Zee says:

Same tale as the rest of you all. I’m 56, female, grew up when no one knew about ADD, so you were just labeled as [insert insulting phrases here]. Oh and after years of that you were insulted for having low self esteem “What’s wrong with you!!??” My best job was over 20 years ago troubleshooting software for bugs that other people had to fix (how perfect was that), wrote user manuals, traveled to do installations. All good things end. As the company grew my job was broken down into its components and given to separate individuals. Sigh. After that job trial-and-error as the work world has become specialized into just the asinine functions that no machine can do YET. Do I even WANT to be the kind of person who is happy being inserted into one of these slots? Answer is no and that’s why I’m not interested in medication. Second best job architect’s assistant (too bad he was raging cocaine addict). Third best job computer systems analyst (cubicle will slay us hunter types). >>>>cont

November 29, 2012 at 10:12 am
(125) Zee says:

Current job: Nurse. The absolute worst match yet. The essential problem for me is that I have to check myself repeatedly to make sure I am not making a distracted mistake that could harm my patient. This slows one down considerably. Problem: administration loads nurses down with tasks to fill every minute of a shift which they (admin), apparently knowing nothing about life, assume is going to conform to their micromanaged schedule. I know nurses (including me) who try to cope by putting sticky notes all over the place, timers set on their cell phones to wake them out of hyper focus (unfortunately management sometimes outlaws cell phones), writing on their hands/arms. All the while peers are sniping at you for looking frazzled. I can’t say don’t get into nursing, you will make some money at it before you break, and you hopefully will not have a moment of distraction that breaks a patient. But I think ADDs should abandon the idea of ever feeling comfortable at it. I’ve worked ICU, cardiac, neuro/trauma, med/surg, outpatient clinic, nursing home, home health. Same problems underlie all.
I’m working with a career coach with ADD experience now. My main strength as an ADD is I am not fearful of change. While the “farmer-types” find safety huddled in their cubicles and routines, we look at the wide open world and say Yeah! let’s play!

December 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm
(126) mark says:

Please guys if have any way of helping me give some guidance as to what job I won’t quit after a week due to ADD/ADHD that would be great. I know each individual is different.

I am about to lose my apartment if I don’t have a job soon.

thanks

December 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm
(127) Michael says:

Hi Y’all:

My close friend suggested me to check a link and I did, even did the small quiz, you all know what happened and I got almost 24. I thought WOW, that’s never happened to me. Full score? ALmost A? Yes, and then I started concern and checked all around the Internet to find out what ADHD or ADD is. I felt very depressed and lonely. I have 3 year old son and worried about him because He probably has it too. He is similar with me. I mean from appearence to the personality, all same, Like a copy, or a smaller version. and then I started to how to help him out to success in the his career path in the future. Even I wanted to become a doctor for ADHD and help all of the victims. I’m mid 30 and kind of old now. GEEE. Then google brought me here. Nice to see you all.

I just didn’t get diagnosed yet not mean I don’t have it. Actually I have worked for over 15 bosses in last 4 years. I have really easy to forget people’s name and ages, unless I am interested. I’m full of new ideas and ready for an adventure for all the time. I like to travel or move all the time. I attended in Tour Guide training and I really didn’t like it, Because it requires sell and usually mislead people. I hated car selling, because the one I had worked has this problem. I hate lying. So here it is. I am middle of the intersection and don’t know where to go and how to go. I am trying to run my own business, but it is not easy especially now…

Any thought?

January 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm
(128) Bailee says:

Hi. My name is Bailee, as you can see from above :p, and I’m glad my mom woke me up this morning to show me this. I have never seen anything like this!! I’ve only read a few of the top comments but plan to read every single one here. I like to read ALOT, and it’s actually something I can focus on, unless there is a ‘squirrel’ haha. I suppose I should get on with it and quit babbling, but that’s just me.
I am 20yrs old and need some help. I was diagnosed when I was in grade 3, so for years I have felt sort of ‘out of place’. I know I shouldn’t because I Am not the only one in this world like this. And I should have been taught to treat it as a gift, a super power even!!

January 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm
(129) Bailee says:

You know when you have those dreams/ day dreams of flying or say in my case, a dream of becoming a superhuman or alien with crazy morphing powers so i could become anything i wanted, like a better version of what i am now. More beautiful, and smart, and strong… Not reality, but it was kind of an escape for me. I would always wish of becoming something that could never happen and someone I could never become. Truth is i should have believed more in myself because I am a superhuman, an my ability is to ‘hyper-focus’. :)
Hyper-focus’?! I’ve never heard anyone say it like that before, mostly “Bailee, please focus”. What I should’ve said is, “I am focusing, just the more advanced version. Only a certain type of person can do this though. You ‘normal’ people wouldn’t understand”. Mind you I would have gotten into crap if I talked back like that I school, but I have never had enough encouragement to talk back to people. That’s one thing I need help with, and I would like to ask if all of ya can help me help myself become stronger in this world and embrace who I am everyday, not just some days, even when depression hits.

January 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm
(130) Bailee says:

In this past year things have been worse. I have honestly had 2 mental break downs, melt downs, whatever you want to call it. The second time it happened I was going to run away and just disappear. I didn’t want to be here anymore, and didn’t want to be a burden for the people of this world including my family. I really do love my family, and when people talk about suicide they speak of it as selfishness.. I know it’s true now. The world and opportunities you leave behind, the littlest bit of an impression you left in your home town, your family. If I would’ve ended it right then, I would have screwed up so bad, more than another time in my life, but hey, we learn from mistakes.
I am so glad I am still here today. So. Glad. But, I am afraid of what may happen in the future, if things get worse, but I won’t know until it gets there. I have never been on anti-depressants and I’m not sure if I want to be but, it may help me escape from unhappiness so I can feel more happiness. I don’t have a terrible life. But I pick out all the bad parts and it’s the wrong way to do it. I need to be half full instead of half empty.
One more thing to add to my loonnnnnggg comment, which I just discovered now I can’t put all of it on at once, bummer, anyways!!!(squirrel)… I have had 2 main jobs besides babysitting on the side. One a restaurant, and other a liquor store. Both jobs haven’t been full-filling enough, even though they are just jobs to help pay for college or university when I decide to go, to make a decision about an actual career. But I would like to find something for the time being that I will enjoy doing and will feel comfortable at. And it’s difficult at most times for me to make a decision.
So please, if you can offer advice and help it would be much appreciated. Thanks for reading. ~~ sincerely Bee (my nickname since I was 5)

February 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm
(131) Ann says:

I stumbled upon this forum searching for the best jobs for people with ADD. I recognize so many of the traits and characteristics listed here in myself as well.It has been refreshing to be reminded that it’s okay to be different.

I found out I most likely have ADD- inattentive type when my son was diagnosed as a 5th grader. I was the kid who dragged so much homework home from school and spent hours doing it only to receive C’s and D’s. I didn’t get an A in a class until I was in college. This really did a number on my self-esteem. I honestly thought I just wasn’t smart and would have to accept something less for myself. Fear of embarrassment and failure plagued me for years.

I am the primary caregiver for my kids and my husband’s demanding work schedule severly limits my choice of career. I can’t decide how to market my talents. I can’t tolerate stimulants because they elevate my heart rate. It is true about being detail-oriented. I once thought about pursuing architecture or interior design, but at that time the education for those careers was not within my reach so I settled for something I know now isn’t right for me. Whatever I do has to take into consideration balancing the needs of my family and my own which can be a challenge in of itself.

Facing the empty nest thing in a few years, I’ve prayed for direction. Just when I think I have it, I hit a stumbling block and quit. I don’t live in an area where there are ADD coaches.

March 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm
(132) Brenda G.P. says:

As an adult living with ADHD, I find that sales , being able to move around and constantly talk is a good fit, the only reason I left my sales job was that I could not support myself on it. I currently work in a phone bank and I would not recommend it for someone who can’t sit still, the lack of stimulation, having to sit still for hours, pay more attention to the person talking to you over the phone increases my levels of anxiety and stress.

April 16, 2013 at 11:26 am
(133) Helen says:

To whom it may regard,

Hello!

My name’s Helen and I’m thirteen and I’ve had ADHD ever since I could remember. I’ve always been a bit anxious about the topic of finding a job because I want to be a writer(only short stories and poetry occasionally since I can never fix my attention on a novel long enough) and a journalist.

The problem’s not about applying myself- I could spend three days straight, no sleep just typing away- but I’m afraid I’ll loose interest or something won’t appeal to me(like the politics with being a journalist XD ) and just drop out of Uni. However, I have three basic wants in life.

Reading.
Writing.
Music.

So I think I’ll manage to stay in there, seeing as how all three of those co mix some what. :3 After hearing and reading all your stories, I felt infinitely better so thanks for that.

With love and regards,
Helen

April 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm
(134) Franny says:

Well where do I start, I remember always sitting outside the class because of my ADD and I have a son that has it too. It’s been hard but in all my sales positions its been great its just the down time that’s when depression can lurk up on u. I have a lot of side jobs that last 4 months tops to get by while the market changes in my sales gig which i try to stay devoted too. u ask why 4 months because thats how long it takes an a**hole boss to fire u for not doing crap his way, lol then I get bored there with them to. I have that son and I finally got him into a great school district that doesn’t want to send ADD kids to prison because there is no use for them in this world which many teachers have told my son. I made it thru high school I know he can. Someone mention wanting to leave and just disappear, I wanted to do that after my dad died in 1990 I remember that because it was a difficult time for me. I failed at a lot of things so I assumed having kids would be easier (stupid) but u can’t quit that job.
Today I am working for this marketing company and I’m almost 4months in and even though it was great experience for my salesman career it feels like its time to say goodbye and hopefully I can use this telemark experience ASAP to bring me some dawm$$$. Because I use to earn about $150,000 a year for like ten yrs. I want that feeling back or just want to look in the mirror and say good job Franny. My addiction is freakin food so to all the drug addicts I feel your pain. I hope at 40 I can see some clarity in this scramble life I created for myself. Sorry if its confusing I’m half retarded, lol and I’m sad today.

May 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm
(135) Taylor says:

As an adult with ADHD I have found the greatest satisfaction and success as an entrepreneur. The “weaknesses” that I struggled with while an employee are assets as a self-employed individual! I take no medication and don’t feel that it is necessary for me to. I have found that my attention span and energy levels are best managed through dietary efforts rather than pharmaceutical approaches. I really think those of us with ADHD have a unique set of strengths. Just because we don’t fit the mold doesn’t mean we’re flawed :)

May 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm
(136) ShrimpCarbon9 says:

I have read roughly a third of this page, and already I have had my eyes opened to many unique characteristics within myself. I’ve had ADHD all my life, and I will never revert back to medications again, I’m far too creative and energetic, plus it costs out the wazoo. I love working in Google sketch-up, I’ve designed 4 different ported sub woofer enclosures in the past week while at the same time learning extremely quickly how to use sketch-up quickly and effectively. I know i have some of the highest potential ever, I just need a career that will challenge me! I am a powerful problem solver, but a social weirdo. Despite having a minor case of OCD and disgraphia, I won the Lamplighter Awards at my high school campus by completing the assignment in about 12 minutes, I put it off till the class period it was due. I had no intention of winning, just making a passing grade. Lol. ADHD is a great gift for me, and I treasure it’s advantages. I had my first job in a restaurant that was to open a week later, so I’ve had intense workfastnow drive pounded into me, so the job I have now is SLOW and Boring.
Any career suggestions for a Car Audio Junkie with tremendous potential and ADHD, OCD, and disgraphia? I feel I should start my own Car Audio company, or join one and become the BOSS!

June 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm
(137) Anne90 says:

Hi Everybody,

I am glad I found this site– I was diagnosed with ADD at age 54. Went to a doctor complaining that thought I was getting early-onset dementia cause mind couldn’t focus. (always had prob). Also had depression. Primary doctor sent me to a neurologist who said I was “eccentric,” but didn’t have Altzhemers. Then primary doctor sent me to a clinical psychologist who diagnosed ADD. Thank goodness for that woman–my past life is making sense now. Prescribed low dosage of Adderall 5 mg in am and 5 mg in pm. I don’t take it because didn’t seem to help my thinking.. Didn’t go back for follow-up because low on $.

Anyway, I have always had a hard time with college and jobs and am very socially awkward. About the only thing that interests me is cooking and baking because I then have something tangible to focus on. Also, I think I inherited ADD from my mother .

June 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm
(138) davidr1987 says:

hello every1 i have just recently found out i have add, i am 26 now, when i was 11 i was tested for it but the doctors said i was just a very active young boy. i have always known there was something different about me thou things have seemed to get worse threw out the years it still came to me as shock when i was diagnosed.
i have recently started medication as doc knows best, and am still a bit confused as to how it has taken 15 years for a diagnoses but am starting to put it to the back of my mind and embrace this gift (as you say)

however i have strugled to hold down a stable job for the past 5/6 years i am very keen to put my skills to good use, whatever they are i want to explore them and see who i really am!!

i would like to thank the makers of this site, as if it wasnt for finding this site i probably wouldnt be able to get how im feeling about this off my chest :-)

July 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm
(139) Olga says:

Hi everyone,

Truly blessed to have come across this page… Everyone has helped inspire someone somehow. Here is my bit…

I spent 4-6 hours nightly doing HW with my son. I battled with the school asking if there was something wrong…. They all gave the same response… He was bored, he was chatty, and he’s just a growing boy. However, only he and I know how we spent our nights with tears of frustration on our faces. You see, my son is very bright, and is extremely articulate. And because he has met grade level, he was never considered severe enough to receive extra help. My son finally after 4 years of fighting was finally diagnosed with ADD.

After speaking to my sons therapist and learning about it I have come to realize that I have ADD. I know I have a bit of OCD (clean freak) and I do suffer from anxiety. I am late everywhere, I daydream, I never completely finish a task, I hyperfocus, and I see, what feels like 20 steps ahead, from others. I have always been told I was slow, but its because I didn’t just hear one persons conversation on the bus, I was multitasking. Hearing the children speaking next to me, or if the conversation was about jobs, I dreamed of all the jobs I can do and what I needed to do to prepare for them. Except, I wasn’t fully focused on the person speaking and had a delayed reaction to the conversation. Yet, I was in AP courses in high school, so I told myself ok… I am not stupid… I am just weird. Now, I am a stay at home mom, and I am beyond bored, depressed, and my anxiety has increased severely. I am optimistic that this is a faze and plan to see a therapist to get a hold of my issues; however, my focus has been on my son. I read this online.. made me happy and I hope it makes you happy too.”I have no ‘deficit’ of attention… I pay attention to TOO many things.
I don’t have a ‘disorder’… My brain works fine the way it is, society just doesn’t have room for my unique talents”

July 31, 2013 at 3:18 am
(140) Sandy says:

Thank you all, great site, and insights! I have an ADHD 20 year old daughter, who is struggling through college, because as she says, she can’t get get motivated because she can’t decide what she wants to major in. It’s frustrating for me because she scores high on every standardized test – SAT, STAR, AP, etc. She passed AP tests in high school without taking the class (for English because she LOVES to read). Makes me sad to know her capabilities, but watch her struggle through tasks and through college – she has flunked some classes, retaken them and gotten A’s (when she only has 1 class to focus on). I am running out of advise for her!

August 6, 2013 at 1:46 am
(141) Deen says:

My name is deen. I just came on this fourm since I was 26. I have ADD and OCD. I think ADD is a gift if you caj find the jobs that match ur personality. But ltea face idt in thi economy we have to cycle through jobs like no tommorrow those of us without a degree. I have had more than 18 jobss throught my short time on earth. I have ADD but i will be a success story. I just have to head back to school and find the right job.

August 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm
(142) jax says:

I’m 28 -I have have just come to realisation that I have ADD and talking through with my partner (who is a doctor) and my parents… Everyone had had their suspicions for a while (my mother even had books on it from when I was a child but never told me).

I’ve cycled through a few jobs since graduating university with a degree in engineering – attributing the change to being “restless” and just blaming the company I was working at… it’s not until I landed my “dream” engineering job (that I thought would solve all my problems) that I really became aware of my absolute struggle with focus, attention and the restlessness wouldn’t go away…

I feel my ADD skipped under peoples radar because of the hyper-focus… Given the interest, I can do whatever I have applied myself to… But take away that interest and a 15 minute task for normal people can be a marathon…

I am currently looking for work outside of my engineering field and need something that I can apply my hyper-focus and combine my interests… I have heaps of interests outside of work, but these also seem to cycle more frequently than my jobs… It’s become a joke between my friends as to what “toy” I will buy next… When I get into a new hobbie, I apply myself SO much but my interest often drops pretty soon after… my hobbies of late include: skydiving, motorcycling, music, photography/videography, surfing, snowboarding, kiteboarding, windsurfing, cycling, spearfishing, scuba diving… My attention still gets lost, and although they offer a lot of stimuli, I seem to cycle through hobbies every couple of months or less..

I am not sure the answer… I don’t want to be less ADD… I want to apply my energy and enthusiasm into something I have genuine interest in… I’m worried it is a case of grass is greener. But I am on a mission… And applying some hyper-focus.

February 18, 2014 at 1:47 am
(143) Calvin says:

Hi

I also suspected with ADHD since Mid 30s. I have no issue to focus in academic and work. But has struggles in Career.

Guess Medication cant help. May I suggest you find a career in which your passion and talents lies.

Try Omega 3,6 9 softgels. It boast one’s brain… I take it too : )

Hope my sharing helps…

February 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm
(144) Perpetual Thinker says:

Wow this was so interesting, glad I stumbled upon this. Having ADD I’ve always know I was different from the “normal” people. Reading though the comments though shows me exactly why I don’t want to be “normal” all the comments from people with ADD and ADHD were way more interesting then most forums.

It’s all been very insightful into my own world, thank you everyone who has participated in this forum

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