ADHD

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Posted by: fed up | 2011/06/14

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I am 40yrs old and have recently been diagnosed with ADD. I always knew something was wrong with my wiring inside my head. I know I am not stupid but yet I feel very stupid most of the time as it feels I am going to work for the first time every day. I have been doing the same work for 13yrs but my head is in complete chaos and I make the same old mistakes every day. Words seem to bounce off my head and filing is a nightmare as no matter how hard I try to focus, I misfile continously to the point where it has become so bad that I sit with a desk covered with papers and just staring at them. My memory and concentration has been affected and I was old I am no longer the employee I used to be. I am taking Concerta which seemed to help in the beginning and my dosage was increased but now it doesnt seem to work. I wish I can explain how stupid I feel because I dont know what the hell is going on inside my head. My boss knows I have ADD but according to her it''s because I hate filing and that is why I am hardly up to date with it. I wish I could kill myself at times because I put in so much effort and yet it''s all for nothing because I can''t get the work done in time or it is riddiled with careless mistakes. I feel stupid and useless as my employer is not satisfied with my work performance. What more can I do???

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ADHD Expert

Dear Fed up,

Despite your saying so, let me reiterate: you are not stupid. Organisational tasks are particularly difficult for people with ADHD. However, the reality is, we cannot avoid them.

Firstly, if you feel the Concerta is no longer working, please speak with your prescribing professional.

Secondly, if filing is resulting in you being unable to work effectively, get some help with it. A life coach will be able to sit with you and arrange your day in such a way that you have the time for everything. As long as all items are on your schedule, you will be able to get through them. This includes setting aside time to return phone calls, setting aside time to answer Emails, and setting aside time to do the filing. If there is a set time everyday for you to do it, you will find fewer mistakes as you are not trying to fit in amongst the other things going on.

It is possible that your filing system works in a different way than seems logical to you. If you are the only person going into that system, change it to operate more like your brain does. If other people use this system this is not a solution.

If your boss is open to the idea, ask if you can hire someone who can spend half an hour each day doing your filing - this will likely have to come from your own pocket but may be a solution, provided you are involved in a way that lets you retrieve what you need when that person is not there.

In summary: first speak to your prescribing doctor about the meds not working as effectively. Secondly, consult a life coach to assist with your organisatioal skills. As an end note, remember that most people with ADHD tend to be very smart.

Good luck,
Delia

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Posted by: Eric | 2011/06/14

For me the only thing that really helps is hard physical exercise on a spinning bike or rowing machine at least 3 times a week. This releases dopamine (which ADHD brains are lacking) in the brain and helps my concentration enormously.

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/06/14

Dear Fed up,

Despite your saying so, let me reiterate: you are not stupid. Organisational tasks are particularly difficult for people with ADHD. However, the reality is, we cannot avoid them.

Firstly, if you feel the Concerta is no longer working, please speak with your prescribing professional.

Secondly, if filing is resulting in you being unable to work effectively, get some help with it. A life coach will be able to sit with you and arrange your day in such a way that you have the time for everything. As long as all items are on your schedule, you will be able to get through them. This includes setting aside time to return phone calls, setting aside time to answer Emails, and setting aside time to do the filing. If there is a set time everyday for you to do it, you will find fewer mistakes as you are not trying to fit in amongst the other things going on.

It is possible that your filing system works in a different way than seems logical to you. If you are the only person going into that system, change it to operate more like your brain does. If other people use this system this is not a solution.

If your boss is open to the idea, ask if you can hire someone who can spend half an hour each day doing your filing - this will likely have to come from your own pocket but may be a solution, provided you are involved in a way that lets you retrieve what you need when that person is not there.

In summary: first speak to your prescribing doctor about the meds not working as effectively. Secondly, consult a life coach to assist with your organisatioal skills. As an end note, remember that most people with ADHD tend to be very smart.

Good luck,
Delia

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