Recently I was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Renison College University, part of the University of Waterloo. It was a wonderful ceremony and a tremendous acknowledgement, especially of what we’ve done with TotallyADD.com. (I say we, because it’s a team of dedicated people.)
“Is there a list of great careers for people who have ADHD? Is there an ideal job that works with ADD? Can I make good living and succeed with ADHD?” Those are big concerns for adolescents with ADHD going to college. Or for adults who are struggling with their ADHD at their job. If they have a job.
The rates of unemployment amongst people with untreated ADHD are depressing.
I’m coping, everybody’s coping, and we can’t talk about it!
Those early days, after I was first diagnosed with ADHD, were heady times. My first reaction was a mix of relief, excitement, and alarm. Bouncing between “This explains so much!” and ”What does it all mean? And I damaged? What do I do about it?”
After you are first diagnosed and suddenly have an explanation for why life is such a struggle, you may be eager to share your good news. But beware, disclosing your ADHD can trigger unexpected hostility or dismissive score, and lead to costly repercussions.
“You need a college education if you want to get a good job.” My parents told me that. The school system told me that. And what I could see of the real world from my High School seemed to confirm it.
A university degree brings you wealth, happiness, opportunity, and success. Not having degree doomed you to menial, unpleasant, and servitude. It was obvious…