Sassy Sam Sloth is sharing their story about Holding Down a Job with ADHD.
There’s a national survey that showed only half of adults with ADHD were able to hold down a full-time job. I’m in that category and I am not lazy!
I’ve always had test anxiety and Examinophobia. My mind just goes blank. This is a genuine phobia and not something I just made up as an excuse to not pay attention or to not do the work. It’s extremely frustrating. It’s one of the reasons I didn’t go to college and barely graduated from high school.
Like so many others, I got by with jobs that didn’t require a formal education to pay the bills. Jobs that I didn’t like and didn’t pay well. I’ve had WAY too many jobs to count. But I was always a pretty good employee. I was on time and hustled.
Makes me think that I’ve allowed myself to live a life with less success and luster just because I have a hard time holding down a job with ADHD. Sometimes I wonder if I were diagnosed and treated for my ADHD at an earlier age, if my life would have had a different outcome.
When I was in my 20’s and 30’s the restaurant business was one that could hold my attention the longest. I was able to work different stations and see a variety of people which made every shift different. My attention didn’t have to be focused on just one thing. It was fast paced which meant I didn’t have to worry about fidgeting or hyperactivity when you’re always on the go like that. Running from table to table and into the kitchen. Always on the move.
Building my self-confidence up in a society that looks down upon job jumping and working at restaurants as a career has been challenging. But I know I’m not alone. I’m not being lazy or scatter brained or any other label I’ve felt from others. I’m doing the best I can as we all are!
Have you struggled with holding down a job?
I hope that my story has helped shed some light on different ways that we can walk through life and learn from one another. Maybe my story could help you, someone you know, and/or maybe my experience is good to hear because it’s relatable. Sometimes hearing someone’s story can help us process our own.
We just have to keep trying different things to find what will work for us. Remembering that what may work for one, may not work for another. Hang on and keep trying!
As always, seeking professional help is courageous!
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