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castalia
11-29-16, 06:03 AM
I'm sure there must be more than one. Who are you and what field are you in? PhD student, postdoc, professor?

TygerSan
11-29-16, 06:25 AM
Lapsed academic and sometimes adjunct professor here. Made it through one very tough postdoc and decided my heart wasn't in research. I don't mind teaching so much.

Fuzzy12
11-29-16, 08:39 AM
Post doc (I do both research and teaching ) ... soon to be unemployed. :)

castalia
11-29-16, 12:33 PM
Post doc (I do both research and teaching ) ... soon to be unemployed. :)

I'll probably join you in unemployment soon, unless one of my applications is successful.

snjyds
04-29-17, 12:15 AM
I am an academic. Faculty.

Helloiamdani
04-29-17, 06:41 PM
Unemployed. My education is in Linguistics.

EuropeanADHD
04-30-17, 06:06 AM
I switched to business after getting a Ph.D. Still not sure whether it was a good choice.

sarahsweets
04-30-17, 06:56 AM
Graduated with a BA in English Lit and was really proud of myself that I did it when I was 21, married and had a baby already. I almost gave up. Unfortunately, I only ever had average jobs as opposed to a career, and I have been home as a "house wife" with the kids for 14 years. I try not to let it get to me. Sometimes I hear things like:
"I wish I could afford to stay home with the kids" Of course affording day care is so much that it makes working useless unless its a lot of money.
Plus I have been on disability since I last got out of the mental ward, which some people turn their noses up when they find out. I am on disability for PTSD, GAD, ADHD, bipolar II. It was severe enough where I would experience Fugues which were terrifying.

I also hear stuff like" Your job is just as hard as mine but you dont get paid". While true, it still doesnt sound genuine sometimes.

Sorry to hijack, just wanted to share.

Fuzzy12
04-30-17, 08:29 AM
Officially unemployed now. I need to start looking for job again soon. I don't think I want to go back to academia. It's too stressful at least for my particular type of adHD.

I'm not sure what else I csn do though.

EuropeanADHD
04-30-17, 08:41 AM
Officially unemployed now. I need to start looking for job again soon. I don't think I want to go back to academia. It's too stressful at least for my particular type of adHD.

I'm not sure what else I csn do though.

If you're in MINT or business it shouldn't be that hard, should it?

If you graduated in humanities... I wish you a lot of patience, since it can be hard. Good luck!

adhdGirl17
11-30-17, 01:05 AM
I am in my second year of PhD in a STEM field. I was diagnosed during my "first" attempt at a PhD at a top US school where I was extremely stressed and didn't get along with my advisor. Now I moved to a great UK program where I have two much friendlier co-advisors who are supportive of my ADHD. That makes me less stressed now on a day-to-day basis but doesn't help me get things done, so I wonder how on earth I will be able to graduate in the required 4 years.

PoppnNSailinMan
12-02-17, 07:57 PM
I graduated with a PhD back in the 90s in a humanities field from a well known university.

It's one of my greatest achievements, especially since I didn't know I had ADHD at the time. This probably explains why I spent 12.5 years in graduate school in a program that was supposed to take 7 years. I barely graduated by the skin of my teeth and almost became an "All But Dissertation" (ABD). I was supposed to turn in my dissertation by 4:00 PM on the last day of the semester, but I ended up having to call and tell them that I was on my way and would they please wait for me. They agreed to have someone wait until 5:00 PM and I got there and turned it in at about 4:45 PM. That was a close one! That's my biggest example of colossal procrastination that almost ended in disaster. To have spent that many years and still not ended up with my degree would have been hard to bear.

And I never got a job afterwards that had anything to do with my degree. I don't regret any of it, though.

peripatetic
12-02-17, 08:10 PM
i was. i have a doctorate in philosophy from a prestigious university. i had a tenure track position at a place you've probably heard of, once upon a time.

i was never able to teach without losing my ****, though; i blew tenure review; and now i've been declared permanently and completely disabled, so i don't work at all.

yeah...yay! :/ but it wasn't the adhd that did me in, just to be clear.

Fuzzy12
12-02-17, 08:13 PM
I am in my second year of PhD in a STEM field. I was diagnosed during my "first" attempt at a PhD at a top US school where I was extremely stressed and didn't get along with my advisor. Now I moved to a great UK program where I have two much friendlier co-advisors who are supportive of my ADHD. That makes me less stressed now on a day-to-day basis but doesn't help me get things done, so I wonder how on earth I will be able to graduate in the required 4 years.

Start writing early. Really really early.

Fuzzy12
12-02-17, 08:14 PM
If you're in MINT or business it shouldn't be that hard, should it?

If you graduated in humanities... I wish you a lot of patience, since it can be hard. Good luck!

What's mint?

peripatetic
12-02-17, 08:27 PM
I am in my second year of PhD in a STEM field. I was diagnosed during my "first" attempt at a PhD at a top US school where I was extremely stressed and didn't get along with my advisor. Now I moved to a great UK program where I have two much friendlier co-advisors who are supportive of my ADHD. That makes me less stressed now on a day-to-day basis but doesn't help me get things done, so I wonder how on earth I will be able to graduate in the required 4 years.

try not to be focused on more than the flaming hoop in front of you. get your coursework done. focus on that. then do your ATC exams. focus on that. get your topic figured out. focus on that. get your languages in order. focus on that.

you know what i'm saying? if you look at it, like, how am i going to do all of this stuff in four years...it's overwhelming. focus on what's in front of you and jump that hoop. just try to be mindful of the time. and find out what your language requirements are and start working on them NOW if you have tough ones. where i matriculated language exams were no joke. some places let you have dictionaries and all sorts of ****. mine did not. and they required two modern and one ancient. it was a nightmare. suffice it to say, i did not pass german on the first round and i was required to read in german.

play to your strengths. if you know something is going to take you longer, allot more time instead of assuming you'll need to bend into fitting the shape proposed. what i mean is, if you know that it takes you longer to write, but you can do coursework quickly, get the latter done ASAP so you can start writing earlier and still be done. if you haven't figured out where in your field you want to write, i think it's a myth that you go through coursework and then decide. you more likely already know where your interests lie in your field. i did. i did before i even applied to doctoral programs.

good luck!

PoppnNSailinMan
12-02-17, 10:31 PM
try not to be focused on more than the flaming hoop in front of you. get your coursework done. focus on that. then do your ATC exams. focus on that. get your topic figured out. focus on that. get your languages in order. focus on that.

Good advice, although getting my topic figured out didn't go very smoothly for me.

I thought I knew what I wanted to do for my dissertation and probably did more than a year's worth of research for that topic before I was advanced to candidacy. I then got approval from my dissertation supervisor for that topic and submitted all the paperwork for it. I applied for and received a fellowship to do dissertation research on that topic in a foreign country.

But after I got over to the foreign county to do my research, I decided to change my dissertation topic. I know that my dissertation supervisor was surprised and it set me back quite a bit in getting my dissertation completed on time. Interestingly enough, no government officials in the country where I was doing my research or the people who gave me my fellowship ever said anything to me about it.

I can't help thinking of this comment that one of my teachers wrote in my report card in the 6th grade: "Sometimes he has a hard time making up his mind whether to do a project or which project to do." I guess that things didn't change much between then and when I was working on my dissertation! ;)

you know what i'm saying? if you look at it, like, how am i going to do all of this stuff in four years...it's overwhelming. focus on what's in front of you and jump that hoop. just try to be mindful of the time. and find out what your language requirements are and start working on them NOW if you have tough ones. where i matriculated language exams were no joke. some places let you have dictionaries and all sorts of ****. mine did not. and they required two modern and one ancient. it was a nightmare. suffice it to say, i did not pass german on the first round and i was required to read in german.

I had to do French and German exams, and my department did let us use a dictionary. My French is pretty good, so I might not have needed one there, but German is a tough language to learn and 19th century German texts are even more difficult. LOL...Take this example from Mark Twain's The Awful German Language:

"But when he, upon the street, the (in-satin-and-silk-covered-now-very-unconstrained-after-the-newest-fashioned-dressed) government counselor's wife met," etc., etc.

1. Wenn er aber auf der Strasse der in Sammt und Seide gehüllten jetzt sehr ungenirt nach der neusten Mode gekleideten Regierungsräthin begegnet.

That is from The Old Mamselle's Secret, by Mrs. Marlitt. And that sentence is constructed upon the most approved German model. You observe how far that verb is from the reader's base of operations; well, in a German newspaper they put their verb away over on the next page; and I have heard that sometimes after stringing along the exciting preliminaries and parentheses for a column or two, they get in a hurry and have to go to press without getting to the verb at all. Of course, then, the reader is left in a very exhausted and ignorant state.


play to your strengths. if you know something is going to take you longer, allot more time instead of assuming you'll need to bend into fitting the shape proposed. what i mean is, if you know that it takes you longer to write, but you can do coursework quickly, get the latter done ASAP so you can start writing earlier and still be done. if you haven't figured out where in your field you want to write, i think it's a myth that you go through coursework and then decide. you more likely already know where your interests lie in your field. i did. i did before i even applied to doctoral programs.

Yes, start early and don't dither around and get sidetracked into doing things that don't have anything to do with your dissertation. When I was supposed to be writing my dissertation, I was signing up for mostly unrelated classes in other topics that interested me like art history and archaeology even though they didn't have any connection to my dissertation topic.

peripatetic
12-02-17, 10:37 PM
Yes, start early and don't dither around and get sidetracked into doing things that don't have anything to do with your dissertation. When I was supposed to be writing my dissertation, I was signing up for mostly unrelated classes in other topics that interested me like art history and archaeology even though they didn't have any connection to my dissertation topic.

not doing that was very difficult for me and proved impossible, though it's wise to avoid. i ended up spending a lot of time taking courses on aesthetics and so forth when my subject area didn't really call for it, but i found them personally interesting.

Ronelh
12-03-17, 01:41 PM
I have a three-year master's degree, and I am in a technical academic career that involves checking translations of difficult texts in various languages... the official title is "translation consultant".

Arthos
12-03-17, 04:14 PM
I am in my third year of my PhD (UK system, so third year after the masters stuff). Really hope to finish it at all but things are not looking good atm. At this rate there is no way I will be employable in academia afterwards, and either way I am probably not cut out for it anyway. At least not for a (pure mathsy) field where you depend on a magical eureka moment happening or not happening (the latter being more likely)

Fuzzy12
12-03-17, 04:45 PM
I am in my third year of my PhD (UK system, so third year after the masters stuff). Really hope to finish it at all but things are not looking good atm. At this rate there is no way I will be employable in academia afterwards, and either way I am probably not cut out for it anyway. At least not for a (pure mathsy) field where you depend on a magical eureka moment happening or not happening (the latter being more likely)

If you think you might not finish in 4 years then speak to your supervisor asap. Maybe it's just my uni but I think most British unis are really strict now about having to finish in 4 years unless you are doing special program. I totally didn't clock somehow that time had run out for me. The only reason why I got an extension was because the university's didn't send me a reminder early enough that the deadline was approaching. And I had to fight for that. So in good old ADHD fashion I wrote most of my thesis in 3 weeks after taking almost a year for the first 2 chapters.

A PhD in maths can open so many opportunities for you...not just in maths. Computer science, business studies, operations research, finance... Both in academia and in the corporate world (sorry I guess I'm telling you stuff you probably know anyway).

Arthos
12-05-17, 03:55 PM
If you think you might not finish in 4 years then speak to your supervisor asap. Maybe it's just my uni but I think most British unis are really strict now about having to finish in 4 years unless you are doing special program. I totally didn't clock somehow that time had run out for me. The only reason why I got an extension was because the university's didn't send me a reminder early enough that the deadline was approaching. And I had to fight for that. So in good old ADHD fashion I wrote most of my thesis in 3 weeks after taking almost a year for the first 2 chapters.

A PhD in maths can open so many opportunities for you...not just in maths. Computer science, business studies, operations research, finance... Both in academia and in the corporate world (sorry I guess I'm telling you stuff you probably know anyway).Thanks, Fuzz. Basically the problem I have been working on for 2 years turned out to be too difficult. I am now working on something that is more feasible but there are many people working on related stuff so it's a bit risky.

Anyway, my supervisor is aware of all of this. Both him and me have flagged up concerns in reports. It's officially 3 years here, so I will soon have to start hustling for extended funding. Have yet to meet the first person who actually finished in 3 years, though. At this stage I think 4 years should still be feasible, but it's hard to tell. Especially if someone ends up publishing something VERY similar. On the upside, my end-of-first-year report was very positive, so at least I have proof that I have not always been useless.

finallyfound10
01-01-18, 05:25 AM
Goodness, you guys are smart!!!!

Fuzzy12
01-01-18, 08:40 PM
Goodness, you guys are smart!!!!

Not really. I mean I can't talk for anyone else but doing a PhD is a lot like a lot of other jobs. You need passion for the subject but apart from that it requires very similar skills to many other non academic jobs. It doesn't really require bring extraordinarily smart I think.

shanita
04-01-18, 11:29 PM
I am an academic. Faculty.

ditto! at what stage of your career are you?

musicman64
06-05-18, 07:02 PM
Great topic for me. I am currently working on the proposal for my dissertation and I have found it extraordinarily tough to keep to writing on an often enough basis. My topic is a micro issue in ADHD so I am constantly reading about the topic. I find that to be good and bad. Sometimes it becomes overwhelming when being inundated in the topic. It's easy to go off on a tangent that has nothing to do with the dissertation topic.

userguide
06-06-18, 02:21 AM
Great topic for me. I am currently working on the proposal for my dissertation and I have found it extraordinarily tough to keep to writing on an often enough basis. My topic is a micro issue in ADHD so I am constantly reading about the topic. I find that to be good and bad. Sometimes it becomes overwhelming when being inundated in the topic. It's easy to go off on a tangent that has nothing to do with the dissertation topic.


You're doing research on ADHD ? How cool ! :)

If you need a lab rat, call me

Ronnie04
07-13-18, 10:42 AM
Don’t know if this counts but I have a license for RDH ( registered dental hygiene) and local anesthesia