07-29-03, 10:55 AM
My condition combines ADD and mild autism, I think. I've visited some autism websites where an attitude of, We have a right to be our autistic selves and accept ourselves as we are and not be forced by a hostile society to pass as NTs (neurologically typicals) at great damage to ourselves! Do you feel that way sometimes about your ADD?
07-29-03, 11:19 AM
I do feel this way sometimes about my ADD...I wish I could go into a job interview and say...."Hey prospective employer I've got ADD and you know what? I am very smart with incredible people skills and I will treat your patients so well....BUT I learn slow because of my ADD and it might be a challenge for your training team to train me the first few weeks....but heck, this is who I am...and you just better deal with it cuz there ain't nothing I can do about it....I'm good and creative and can think and can come up with great stuff and am definitely your best candidate .... I just got this ADD thing which makes me slower than most....I accept it...won't you and just hire me darnit!! and don't hold it against me and accept it and just take it GENTLY into account when training me? Realize you might have to repeat stuff ten times....!! And be okay with it"....That's what I would like to be able to say...but never would...Thanks for bringing this up, Shtrahler...:)
07-29-03, 12:40 PM
Sigh; I, too, know the feeling. Things would be so much easier if society understood us!
07-29-03, 08:02 PM
Couldn't have said it better Joan :)
07-29-03, 08:56 PM
In my dream world ~ folks would look at us with awe and envy. And I vow here and now that I will explore and enhance my gift and never more see myself as a misfit
"Crazy like Jack" (Pirates of the Carribean)
07-30-03, 04:09 AM
I've tried so hard to pretend to be normal and all I succeeded in was getting depressed.
Now I don't care. When I was getting bullied at work, I would be told that it was just the way that person was. I don't bully people, I'm just a bit eccentric. So the way I see it - people can accept me the way I am. My employers know I have ADD and they can also see that it means that I can work twice as fast as everyone else.
07-30-03, 08:58 AM
Thanks Paula..and great words Barbette....
Tudorose: Really? You work faster than most? See, I work slower than most...I get caught up in details and with perfectionism...and I think it's great that your employers accept you just the way you are at work....I would be afraid to reveal this for reasons exactly as you say -- fear of being bullied for one...among many others....
07-31-03, 04:02 AM
Some of the people did try to bully me, but they don't have a choice in accepting me - they employed me and I have such a good work record that there is nothing they can do.
Yeah, I'm slow to catch on to things but once I know what I'm doing I'm really quick.
Well most of you know my attitude by now
I do not have a disease
I dont have ADD
I am ADD
When you find the correct working situation then you also can be ADD and not have ADD
As we all know by now whether we like it or not without a JOB or a sourse of income in life then we are nothing as we spend all our time being concerned about money
07-31-03, 02:55 PM
Originally posted by tudorose
but they don't have a choice in accepting me - they employed me and I have such a good work record that there is nothing they can do.
Well it certainly sounds as if you have established your credibility with them and so the ADD is a non-issue...that is what I want to do with my first job in a hospital....be such a good worker that even if they were to find out about my ADD at some point, it wouldn't matter.....
08-02-03, 02:20 PM
ADD for me means
At other times though it means...