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Finding the Right Job If You Have ADD

Finding the Right Job If You Have ADDWith a recession looming around the world, people everywhere are looking to save money and find an occupation that can weather the storm. People who have Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) sometimes have a hard enough time holding on to a job in the best of times, let alone tougher times, such as we’re seeing now.

As you know, ADD/ADHD is a disorder that makes it difficult for us to concentrate on one task for a long period of time. We sometimes become bored and restless, which for many jobs, can make it nearly impossible to hold on to a job. However, there is hope. People who suffer from ADD/ADHD are often creative; free spirits, who can make as much money, and more, using their natural talents and strengths.

Use Your Natural Talents and Strengths

By discovering what you are good at, you can overcome the behaviors, symptoms, and signs of ADD/ADHD.  Focus your attention of what comes natural and easy for you.  If you are in situations that are difficult, take a moment to step back and ask what strengths can I bring and use in this situation.  Rely on your intuition and know that you are bigger than the frustration you may be feeling in that moment.

Finding the Right Job

People can use their ADD/ADHD to their competitive advantage and benefit. Having ADD/ADHD doesn’t mean that you’re handicapped and incapable of making money. In fact, it could be a boon in disguise. Finding the right job to suit you is the real trick.

If you suffer from ADD/ADHD, you want to pay close attention what comes naturally to you; some would call these your natural strengths.  You might be saying, “Hey Frank, if I knew this I wouldn’t be feeling so lost.”  Don’t despair.  I suggest you look into your childhood.  Remember what you loved as a kid – maybe collecting stamps or reading mystery books or playing Monopoly.  In all three cases, clients I’ve worked with found the string to their new careers; archaeology, forensic accounting, construction jobs and business.

The ADD Entrepreneur or How to Have Diversity in Your Business Life

Have you given any thought of being an entrepreneur? Someone who owns their own business has to constantly rise to challenges. Constantly shifting working patterns and decision making can help keep someone from getting bored. It is not uncommon that people living with ADD/ADHD can be quick thinkers and keen problem solvers which are great attributes for managing a business.

If you’d rather work for someone else, or are unable to start your own business for whatever reason, depending upon your particular “brand of ADD/ADHD” work at finding a job that doesn’t require you to do the exact same thing every day. I know for myself, the constant repetition creates boredom and as hard as I try I simply fall into distraction and disinterest.  Can you relate?

For an extreme example, a factory job that requires the worker to punch a hole in a piece of metal, hour after hour, is probably not an ideal job for someone with ADD/ADHD. But perhaps a job that requires the worker to deal with people, and thus is constantly changing, might be a better fit.  This type of job would play into your strengths, and not rely on your weaknesses.

Like everything, no matter whether you have ADD/ADHD or not, finding and keeping a job relies on perseverance; finding a job that interests you, and plays into your strengths as a person, is usually the best way to succeed.

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Isolation Sucks! Are You Feeling Non-Productive?

Isolation Sucks! Are You Feeling Non-Productive? Isolation is but one of the common challenges for people living with ADD/ADHD. This challenge can be set off by any number of situations that may happen in the course of our lives.

Have you ever found yourself feeling so completely set apart and isolated you get stuck? This feeling usually takes on the form of low energy, a lack of enthusiasm and crankiness, which in time expands and becomes negative self-talk.

Isolation is so subtle to me. We are working diligently-so much so that we must be alone in order to get the job done. Perhaps we’ve hit a roadblock on our way to completing a project. For me, it could be holding onto an article for fear that it’s not perfect. When any one of these setbacks occurs, we may find ourselves moving away from interaction with the very people who can actually help us breakthrough where we are “stuck.”

Challenges, setbacks and even accomplishments can throw us off. Stress is a contributing factor. Think back over this past week. Have you ever heard yourself saying, “I need to be alone to think (fill in the blank) this out.” Or perhaps you’re heading for the finish line, after days of hard work, only to have your client tell you they’ve decided to go with another company. Or it can be as simple as going to the supermarket to get your favorite ice cream to find they no longer carry it.

To get very personal, I’ve been working with technical people to improve and update my site. I’ve installed a new email system that is efficient and can handle multiple tasks. It all sounds great, right? On the other hand, as eager as I am to learn the system, I have been stymied by its complexities. I can hardly get anything started, let alone completed. I feel myself on the edge of being overwhelmed. I’m lucky enough to be working with technical people across the country… yet, my hyperactive ADD brain has already worked out all the details! I’m ready to move on to the next thing, but the real-time learning process is taking so much longer. The stress builds as I get deeper and deeper into getting this phase completed. Over time, I realize I’ve cut myself off from those around me. Whammo!

Can you relate?

ISOLATION SUCKS! always gets a rise whether I say it or whenever I make a presentation. The response is usually laughter. We all relate when a comedian says something that is so obvious we have to laugh.

Now we have a dilemma. If you know this happens given certain circumstances, what do you do to anticipate or get out of those situations?

Shifting your mood is the most essential element. Let me offer three steps that you might want to try out for yourself.

Network of Support: Develop a network of support. If you ever find yourself in the “ISOLATION SUCKS mode”, reach out to your friends, relatives, me: people who can be honest and caring with you. I call in my Network of Support-those people who can depend on me and vice versa to remind me I am not alone. You’ll want to avoid those people who unconsciously criticize you. If no one in your network is around, go for a walk just to be around other people. We all need help from time to time. This is normal and necessary. If you don’t have a network of support, you can learn to put one together; I can help you with skill-building techniques. Working through isolation is very important for your success as a person living with ADD.

Trust: Trust is one of the key virtues needed to be understood and experienced to live a full and productive life with or without ADD. For your network to work effectively, it must be made up of people you can trust. Once realized and once coached about trust, we have a foundation for building substantial relationships in our lives, work and family.

Acceptance: Sometimes we all have what I call “take to the sheets days.” It’s allowed. I recommend you accept that you feel cut off from what’s going on around you. Accept that is where you are right now. Breathe it in. It will pass. Remember you are not alone and today is just one of those days for you to replenish yourself. With the help of your network and the skills you are developing around trust and acceptance, you can work through isolation.

You can develop an additional network of support by reaching out to those people who genuinely are concerned for you and care for you. Isolation lessens when you are supported by a community of like-minded people living with ADD. I firmly believe that the more awareness we all have about ADD, the more we grow.

You are better today knowing you have ADD.

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Women and ADHD

Girls Underdiagnosed with ADHD

A recent article in WebMD The Magazine pointed out a little known fact: girls are often not diagnosed with ADD ADHD until they reach their late teens and often not until they’ve reached adulthood. If you’ve done any research at all on the subject and looked for any celebrities who have tackled their symptoms and become successful, you can’t help but wonder why men outnumber women by a factor of greater than 3 to 1.

Why is that? Typical symptoms most recognized and associated with ADHD are hyperactivity and impulsiveness. A third symptom is inattentiveness, a trait that that does not take center stage with brash actions and easily noticeable behaviors.

Boys are diagnosed early on with hyperactivity and impulsiveness because their gender is expected to act in a certain way. When their actions become extreme it sends up a red flag and testing is usually done to find out why.

Girls are expected to be more demure, quiet, less imposing. Because girls are often stereotyped as behaving a certain way, inattentive symptoms are often overlooked. And these symptoms are often very subtle – dreaminess, forgetfulness, easily distracted and disorganized are typical indicators.

Fortunately, in recent years there has been more awareness of the inattentiveness subtype of ADD ADHD. Even though there is more awareness, there seems to be a reluctance to provide adequate treatment based on gender.

Christina Boufis at WebMD wrote, “…a recent Australian study found that even when parents and teachers acknowledged the disorder in girls, they were less likely to recommend getting extra assistance in the classroom because they believed it wouldn’t help them as much as it would boys.”

I can only hope this outlook is due to the available treatments for boys with the more prominently diagnosed hyperactivity-impulsiveness as opposed to inattentiveness and not a gender-related outlook.

But ADHD in girls shouldn’t be treated lightly. The sooner an ADHD diagnosis is made, the sooner girls can learn to adapt their skills. “The failure to recognize ADHD symptoms in girls probably results in significant undertreatment…it is not a trivial disorder for them, and they are equally in need of professional care,” said Patricia Quinn, M.D.

Whether a woman is diagnosed in her adolescence or as an adult, it’s important for her to realize that her “condition” shouldn’t be treated as an abnormality, but as an ability that needs to be learned about and channeled to better herself in her everyday life and in her profession.

Hopefully in years to come more women will take their place as successful entrepreneurs and professionals who have learned to adapt their amazing ADD ADHD abilities alongside people like Richard Branson, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Gates and Suzanne Somers.