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Readers Respond: Top Concerns Related to ADD at Work

Responses: 5


Updated March 23, 2011

Organization, remembering details, time management, procrastination, careless mistakes, boredom, information overload – these are just some of the ways ADD symptoms can interfere with work performance. What are some of the most challenging areas for you at work?

Excellence is not reflected

I have been an RN for 26 years. I enjoy the profession of nursing. The changes in the profession have introduced more challenges for me due to my ADD. Written documentation is a thing of the past and now sitting focused in front of a computer is mainstream. In my current position as a patient advocate, I must balance spending time with patients and families, attend several meetings daily and document. This creates anxiety which triggers inattention. I find myself shuffling papers and charts to get organized which eats away more time until the day is gone, then putting in a minimal of documentation required. This has gone on for so long that I am now faced with possible job lost. I can't afford the ADD medication not covered by my insurance. I am at a dead end and stressed out beyond belief.
—Guest Sharon

Keeping a job

I have lost just about every job I have ever had because of my big mouth. Sometimes, I just talk crap, on and on.
—Guest Michael

We Work Hard

I worked 30 years as an RN and in the last 10 years primarily psych. My career has been the leading source of stress and anxiety. As much as I loved being a nurse, my day was so angst-ridden from trying to keep up with documentation, remembering, hiding my flaws, trying to concentrate at the noisy nurses station, and with the fear of making a medication error or any error. I had to be extremely diligent in a profession where mistakes could harm a patient. I would do so much checking and double checking that it took me a lot longer to complete tasks than the other nurses. I wished I could just take care of my patients and not have to deal with paperwork, more and more and more. As I looked down at papers in different little piles across the desk, I begin to become numb, my head fills up with mud and I see the papers swimming before me with no discernable words. Everything just floats into one and no sense can I make of anything. I must escape to a quiet place, alone to sort it out.


I am 54 years old and have recently been diagnosed as having mild to moderate ADHD. What lead me to get the assessment was my boss telling me that I was not productive enough or fast enough as an Executive Secretary. I had never had complaints previously - from the former boss or the Commissioners. When being criticized by my boss, I would sometimes act unprofessionally by crying and getting angry and made some responses that were critical and kind of mean to him. As you can probably suspect, I am now unemployed. I am looking for work but am afraid to take a job with the same type of multitasking and intolerance to my symptoms. The only doctor in my living area does not specialize in adult or children's ADHD. So I have a little fear that the counseling I am getting may not be what I really need. My confidence is pretty shot.
—Guest Bonnie Richter

ADD and work

Organization is a constant struggle. I clean it up and the next day it is piled up again. I am poor at prioritizing projects. I get caught up in the moment and let distractions sidetrack me from my objectives. I also lose my temper too often.
—Guest jnjmom

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