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I'm 39 single woman, never married, and no kids. But I do have a career that I just starting. I do love my job, but it is a starter job. I work in Radio as a Creative Writer. Right now the work is a bit slow and I am looking for a better job in broadcasting. I'm on Concerta and my boss knows about my ADHD (He's okay with it). People at work notice the instant change in me after I have taken my meds.
I do also have anxiety as well, which is now managed with Concerta. But I am have some issues with ADHD. One is socializing with other people. The only way that I can get a better job is through networking. I'm having trouble with my social skills.
The second issue is focus. I do daydream quite a bit. I have doing that at work when I should be hyperfocusing on my job. It's a catch 22 with me. My hyperfocus also gives me some good ideas, that I don't follow through with. An example is wanting to create an ADHD dating site on the web. My minds going from one thing to the next. I don't know how to stop it.
I am 38 year old married with one son have ADHD and depression along with Dyslexia and learning disabilities. Have been let go from business development jobs due to my lack of organization and spaced out mind. I have always been goal orientated and driven and due to this trait my mangers have always been my cheerleader and best advocate, however I get into my pitty party as where I am now because i have to work twice as long and twice as hard to achieve as what I call to keep my head above water. I am looking for any advice here with other career women who have ADHD and who have dealt with anything similar. My husband thinks I am this abnormal , forgetful , spaced out , and lazy wife who can not hold a job.
I am a 43 year old married with 2 daughters and have ADHD inattentive. I am unhappy in my job and am looking for something else but I make a high salary which will be tough to match. So it's a tradoff to do something I don't like for more money. Anyway, I tried different stim meds and had bad side effects (losing too much weight, no appetite which made it hard to cook for kids, spacey) so now I take an SSRI for depression and anxiety which helps take the edge off. I would like to work in a field where I'm not in management and not a technical field. I'm like you, I have to have a schedule or I don't accomplish anything. I also need to have a lot of things going on or I get bored. I am so happy you posted b/c I don't have any friends with ADHD, and you know it can get lonely sometimes when the majority of other women seem more "normal"!
What a great group! Women with ADHD can have fantastic careers and overcome challenges. Finding a career that's a good fit for my natural ADHD tendencies has really helped me. I'm now off meds and doing pretty well. I've had to make difficult choices about jobs that have not been a good fit for me, but I've come a long way in learning how to find a workplace that is supportive and positive. I started a new blog where I'm sharing some of my experiences with ADHD to help other women be inspired to find positive solutions to everything in life. Check it out! http://creativewomenadhd.blogspot.com/
I'm just now seeing your post and I can so relate! I can also totally relate to the Kathy Bate's quote in the movie. And I also couldn't agree more to your statement: "This affliction is an invisible disability to the masses in the work place. Especially, in the ranks of most corporate leadership. I hesitiate to mention that most are probably afflicted with the same issues as myself, but, are paid high wages to fit square pegs into round holes. The reasons do not have to be valid, just political, so as not to bluntly break discrimination laws and put the companies in potential legal jeopoardy."
I'm very fortunate in that, due to a combination of diligence, good habits, and luck, I've been able to maintain a good paying job, but it is very stressful to me. I know I need to find a way to do more of what I love and find a way to live on that! Definitely easier said than done [in this economy, especially], but I'm aligning to others and situations that will make that an easier transition. One can only hope!
Hang in there, All, and best wishes....
Keep the faith :)
I feel like everyone of you are echoing the woes of my life here. I, too, am at a crossroads in my career. Borderline resignation or involuntary termination. Much of the office Politics are toxic for me. I don't feel like I fit in anywhere anymore. In the words of the Kathy Bates character in Fried Green Tomatoes, "I'm too old to be young and too young to be old". Regretfully, this affliction is an invisible disability to the masses in the work place. Especially, in the ranks of most corporate leadership. I hesitiate to mention that most are probably afflicted with the same issues as myself, but, are paid high wages to fit square pegs into round holes. The reasons do not have to be valid, just political, so as not to bluntly break discrimination laws and put the companies in potential legal jeopoardy. Apologies, I am really trying to get a handle on my cynicism. Somedays, I have less hope than others on the outlook of my ability to maintain an income. I also suffer from Graves Disease and PTSD. I suspect all 3 of my conditions are working together to help me self-sabatoge myself into unemployment yet again. I am working on an introduction of myself, but, lately I keep getting sidetracked. I've gone half-way through typing my intro, only to lose all when trying to post. I remain determined to get it complete.
Sorry to hear about your job situation. I have been living with a diagnosis of ADHD since 2000, but I am certain I was born this way.
I wanted to tell you that when a door closes, another will open. Feeling disappointed is common for me also. I hope all is well.
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