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Old 09-06-2004, 05:44 PM   #1
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Employment/Workplace Issues

I was wondering if anyone else has successfully dealt with employment issues.

My ADHD doesn't affect me enough to get fired..it just affects me enough to prevent me from getting ahead and it is having a negative effect on my psyche. I have become depressed as of late because I feel so helpless..

I was identified as gifted as a child, and no one seems to doubt that I am very bright. I am very intuitive, and I can solve nearly any problem with relative ease. My bosses have been impressed with my analytical/problem solving skills...

However, I think that is overshadowed by ADHD quirks such as minor mistakes and a disorganized appearance/workplace area. I also have trouble communication sometimes. I have a tendency to talk fast (just like I think), and I sometimes have word finding difficulties. I had the same situation at my last job. I meet or exceed requirements/goals all of the time (even was number 1 in my department), but I feel like my other quirks are being held against me.

It is becoming worse since I now have no interest in the job that I am doing..I took it as an entry-level job within a large company, but there seems to be no openings in any areas that I want to pursue..It was easy enough to pay attention when I actually had a goal....now it's definitely more difficult to stay on track and achieve..

I was wondering if anyone else had any similar experiences where you were able to meet or exceed the goals in the workplace, but your ADHD quirks had a negative impact on your career. How did you deal with them? Did you change careers (to do a job that would be more acceptable of your quirks?) Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

 
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Old 09-09-2004, 09:27 AM   #2
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never had an issue until today...

when I tested positive for amphetamines on my pre employment drug screen while taking adderall xr. Just something to consider

 
Old 09-25-2004, 03:01 PM   #3
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Re: Employment/Workplace Issues

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Originally Posted by pittguy578
I was wondering if anyone else has successfully dealt with employment issues.

My ADHD doesn't affect me enough to get fired..it just affects me enough to prevent me from getting ahead and it is having a negative effect on my psyche. I have become depressed as of late because I feel so helpless..

I was identified as gifted as a child, and no one seems to doubt that I am very bright. I am very intuitive, and I can solve nearly any problem with relative ease. My bosses have been impressed with my analytical/problem solving skills...

However, I think that is overshadowed by ADHD quirks such as minor mistakes and a disorganized appearance/workplace area. I also have trouble communication sometimes. I have a tendency to talk fast (just like I think), and I sometimes have word finding difficulties. I had the same situation at my last job. I meet or exceed requirements/goals all of the time (even was number 1 in my department), but I feel like my other quirks are being held against me.

It is becoming worse since I now have no interest in the job that I am doing..I took it as an entry-level job within a large company, but there seems to be no openings in any areas that I want to pursue..It was easy enough to pay attention when I actually had a goal....now it's definitely more difficult to stay on track and achieve..

I was wondering if anyone else had any similar experiences where you were able to meet or exceed the goals in the workplace, but your ADHD quirks had a negative impact on your career. How did you deal with them? Did you change careers (to do a job that would be more acceptable of your quirks?) Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

Remember you are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Your employer must make reasonable accomodations to assist you with your illness. I have ADHD and I work in HR and am a ADA FMLA specialist. PM me if you would like help in this matter...

 
Old 09-27-2004, 04:32 PM   #4
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Re: Employment/Workplace Issues

I can relate to you. I have always been seen as an intelligent and very creative person. Ditto on the problem solving skills you mentioned. However, I am disorganized at work. It seems like I have to always work a little bit extra/later to make up for my disorganization. My mind can pull me away from a task at hand, which in turn puts me behind schedule a bit. I waste time looking for something that could be spent accomplishing something instead of searching through files/boxes. I am horrible at managing time.

Just recently discovered that I'm ADD--never was hyperactive so I always assumed I just had lousy discipline. I'm not looking to make excuses for myself, but I want to gain a better understanding of HOW my brain works and WHY I have the tendicies I do--I want to know this to better manage myself. Craziness at work spills into a man's home life, so cluttered situations at work can be a double edged sword. I get myself to the point at work where I feel overloaded, bogged down and that brings me down emotionally because I'm not achieving at a level I expect myself to.

I'm curious how other cope with ADD in the workplace to better manage themselves.

 
Old 10-03-2004, 06:21 PM   #5
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Hello,
I have just found this site and I wanted to ask for some advice. I have been dating a man for over 2 years whom I believed (and he since confirmed) has ADD. He is unusually intelligent, great guy but I've had to stop the relationship for my sanity. We were in business together but the issues of his lack of concentration and anger really surfaced when we had a tight deadline. Most of the time, he was so pleasant with many jokes, etc. But while driving or in stressful situations it was difficult for me. His home was a terrible mess that was not reflective of his intelligence and fine character. I really cared for him but wonder how much did the ADD impact our business and our personal relationship. We were able to dissolve the business amiably. But I am left with many questions that I'd like to have answers to as I move on. He never really expressed verbally any amount of caring but he showed it some ways. How are emotions impacted by ADD. THe whole idea of expressing emotions seemed under developed. He has had a large number of setbacks, so do stressful events impact the ADD and make it worse. Does ADD become worse after a tragedy like a death in the family? Is there any hope?

 
Old 11-30-2004, 09:42 PM   #6
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Re: Employment/Workplace Issues

I got fired last week and believe it's due to my ADHD. I decided not to mention it to my new employer and found other means to pass the drug test without having to divuldge this information. I did not know that I was protected under a disability act, besides most employment is at will. They can fire you for whatever reason they like, as long as they don't state that it's due to the ADHD, there's no real way to prove that was their motive in termination. My company said it was due to personal email usage BUT I'd never been warned, written up or anything previously. They brought it to my attention and fired me immediately. Am I wrong to believe it was the ADHD? Other employees use email just as much if not more than I did. I don't send the chain letters, only dropped a line to a friend or my mother occasionally to verify after work plans because we couldn't make personal phone calls.

It was a coincidence that a few weeks before we had a meeting on Flex Spend a flexiable spending account for medical costs like co-pays and medication. I mentioned how much I spend a month in prescription costs co-pay and my HR director told me I should use the mail away program for medication that I had to take regularly. Well I can't get refills on Concerta because it's a narcotic. i have to go into my Dr. every month for a new one. It seems that she took a different attitude with me after that information was discovered.

 
Old 12-03-2004, 11:12 PM   #7
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Re: Employment/Workplace Issues

Wow.
So many of us.
I had no idea.
I just wished I could not talk so much, not interrupt so much.
And I just figured if I couldn't complete boring, repetitive tasks correctly (or at all) because my mind wandeed, then that was just my own, personal quirk. After all, my strengths (I told myself) lay in solving difficult problems, writing complicated web page code, painting, drawing, and more--frequently all at the same time, rotating around from one instrument to another.
And yes, my boss would love to have a reason to get rid of me, but I can't be fired since I "do good work."

 
Old 12-23-2004, 12:17 AM   #8
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Re: Employment/Workplace Issues

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That does sound a little fishy. They were probably just jumping for a chance to fire you after that...However, if you showed some ADD-at-work "symptoms" before that, they were probably ****** with you anyway, and you didn't even know it. ADD people have a way of ******* people off without knowing it. Then they just used that email B.S. as an excuse to get rid of you. I'm sorry that happened. I wish people could just be a little more understanding and forgiving, and not jump to conclusions all the time.

Amy

P.S. A good book to read is "What does everyone else know that I don't" It's a book about how ADD people have poor social skills, and how to fix it. There is an extensive section on social skills in the workplace I found very informative.
Thanks for the book ref. I will look into this immediately. I was definitely fired from my last job because of ADHD. I cannot seem to do repetitive tasks(like accounting...ugggg) and sit still to do them. Things have definitely gotten better now with Ritalin and Paxil and my new much more sterile diet during the week. Also, I have a hard time doing jobs that I don't really like...if I like them, I can force myself more easily to focus on them. Does this ring true with other ADHD people as well? I have also been looking into allergies( and hopefully ways to cure them), because I have found I am allergic to soy and corn. Two large processed food additives! Yippee! Have other people found correlations to ADHD and food? I seem to have.
~Jesse

 
Old 12-26-2004, 08:39 PM   #9
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Re: Employment/Workplace Issues

I am the same way. I can't focus on things I am not interested in them. That is why I did poorly in high school and well in college. I was able to pick and choose what classes I wanted to take in college...

Now I am working in the insurance industry which is alot of repetitive tasks. I don't know how much longer I can take my job. If nothing improves, I am going to be forced to quit before too long.

 
Old 12-28-2004, 01:07 AM   #10
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Re: Employment/Workplace Issues

I am reading this as a mother of a person with ADD. I do not personally have ADD but i have been in the workplace for many years and know other adults with ADD. From my experience, I would say that personality is definitely a big influence on success in a job, sometimes moreso than intelligence. This is true whether or not you have ADD. Your individual personality, how friendly you are with others, whether you are a team player, is very important to success. ADD may affect these things but so do other reasons for having "different" personalities. You may have heard that many people in the arts have ADD. I think this is partly true because that type of career does not usually require one to do repetitive things. My husband has not been diagnosed but I am sure he has ADD. I cannot see him in a 9-5 deskjob even for one day. He has not chosen to have a career which requires that. I on the other hand, have a high tolerance for that kind of work (but I do not seem organized if you look at my desk). Some very organized people would not do well in the more free form world of the arts.
Stop to think that you spend 1/3 of your life and almost 1/2 of your time awake at work. You would probably be much happier in a career that you liked. So if you are unhappy doing your repetitive job, I would recomend changing to something you enjoy more (there are books to help you discover where your interests lie) rather than worrying whether you will be caught with ADD in your current job. I know it is not easy to change careers but do you really want to spend 40 years doing something you do not enjoy? There are many successful people with ADD, you can be one of them. You just have to figure out how to harness your assets.

 
Old 12-28-2004, 05:02 AM   #11
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Re: Employment/Workplace Issues

Great post lateeth but I've got to say when you've had constant dips of success and failure it can cloud what you are really good at or what you really like etc because what you may be good at you may have failed so many times (partly due to the disorder, perhaps also due to the self defeating attitude the disorder causes you to have) that you've convinced yourself you suck.

lateeth is right though why waste your time and energies on something you feel self conscious about or don't enjoy, I just think when you're making a career changer choice don't make it yourself, most of us Add/Adhd sufferers are poor self observers and most of us don't know that, so make sure you get a second opinion first, it might suprise you the things that other people think you're good at and do well cause you probably never saw it.

 
Old 12-28-2004, 09:13 PM   #12
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that's right zulu. there are many places where you can do "skills and interest" tests and some of them are free. I believe some of the community colleges offer them and also the state employment offices. If you find what you like, there are different variations of the same thing. For instance, sales, which i think would be good for some person with ADD as long as you can manage to keep appts. But if Sales is for you, it would prob not be in the form of working in a store but rather on the road with the ability to make your own schedule somewhat and get outside in between. Or something where you work outside, just not something where you need to be able to do a task at a specific pace at a specific place.

 
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