What is the best job for someone with ADD ADHD?
I recently worked in a state hospital. It was great.
The staff was excellent, the building was good, the work was rewarding.
But none of that has to do with ADD ADHD. It was a just right job for me, because:
It had structure: I was supposed to be there at 8:00 AM and leave at 5:00 PM (although it never happened). Had a meeting every morning at 9:00 AM, and an every Tuesday meeting at 10:00 AM.
It was variable: Different things were happening every day, plus sometimes I was getting new patients. The patients were each unique.
It was personally interesting: I enjoyed helping the patients, working with the staff, and learning new things.
It was novel: I hadn’t worked in a state hospital before, the patients were new to me, and I was learning new medicines.
It was challenging: Oh, boy, was it challenging.
There was an immediate heavy deadline: The only drawback was the paper work. Ugh! But I had to get it done on time and the deadlines were never far away. And the paperwork was novel and challenging, if not personally interesting. I became much more efficient with time and it wasn’t a burden anymore.
And I had to get to know the patients right away in order to do my job.
And The Point Is:
- With ADD ADHD, we need structure, and we also need variation.
- Our focus centers do not turn on just because something is important. They turn on if something is of personal interest, novel, challenging, or has an immediate heavy deadline.
What is the best kind of job for someone with ADD ADHD?
That question is asked often. I just answered it. If you are considering a job, these are the points you need to look at.
PS It also helped that I was part of a team and people were suggesting to me what needed to be done next and reminding me of the meetings I needed to go to. It also helped that I didn’t really have a “boss”. I don’t do well with close supervision.
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