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Old 01-30-05, 02:36 AM
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Hello! I am here in Columbus, Georgia, and looking to connect with others with ADD for mutual encouragement and support. Within the last 6 months I have come to the realization that I am ADD Inattentive Type. This is a self-diagnosis after reading Hallowell's and Amen's books to try to understand a couple buddies of mine who are also ADD, but in their own unique ways. Last year I left a job that was killing me and took some time off for deep soul searching to try to discover who I am and what kind of job fits me. I was the Executive Director of an organization and feeling very stressed not being able to juggle all the responsibilities that went with that job. It was a very hard thing when my Board of Directors "gave me the opportunity to leave" - but then I realized I hated the job and this was the escape I was wishing for all along. They said I was great at starting things but lacked the follow-through. Ouch! That sure hurt. But I ended up having a few months of paid-time-off - (a wonderful gift!) and the first time in my life that I had time to not work and just figure things out. That is when I discovered this ADD thing - at 42 years old! I never realized that ADD was not just of the Hyperactive type, so I never considered that for myself. I have always done well in school, getting all A's, as long as the subject interested me (enabling me to earn 2 masters' degrees), but of course procrastinate really badly and have to be under extreme pressure to focus on a project. But when the pressure is on I can hyperfocus and produce high quality work. I am now applying these gifts as an independent grant writer, after about 10 years doing grant work for various nonprofit organizations. The grant deadlines and large dollar awards (in the millions $$) motivate me to do good work, and I love learning about a wide variety of subject matter, but I really want to be better at what I do and am looking for help in becoming better organized with my time and energies. I don't want to try medication, at least until I have exhausted all other means, including diet and exercise. I know there are other ways to cause my brain to create the dopamine or whatever chemistry I need to focus. I have also considered hiring a ADD life coach, but am having to put that off until my income improves. The other challenge I have is that as a self-employed consultant, I have no employer-provided health insurance, so I don't even have the resources to pay a physician for help. I also want to say that I am a Christian and that impacts the way I view ADD - not as a pathology but as a temperament. I believe God made me this way and He knows what He is doing. I don't need to fight it or live in denial of it, but neither should I let the negative aspects get me down. I do struggle with knowing what in my behavior is caused by the ADD and what is just poor discipline. I am looking forward to learning whatever I can from those of you who share this struggle and hope I can be of mutual benefit to you. Thanks!
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