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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? Share Your Experiences

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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