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Old 03-11-03, 08:58 PM
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ADD and Easily Overwhelmed?

I am reluctant to admit that I am sometimes easily overwhelmed. Things like noise, chaos, disorganization, and crowds can send me into a tailspin. If there are too many things going on at once, people talking loudly, lots of motion.....aaaargh!!

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Old 03-12-03, 01:47 AM
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Same here. My worst time is between 3pm and 8:30pm.
Kids get home from school, homework, chores, dinner, playtime, showers... and the whole time I hear " Mama.. Mama ... Mama.."

It got so bad one afternoon... that my husband came home to find three subdued children sitting on the couch and me locked in the bathroom.

Any type of gathering is a problem for me... for example parties, family gatherings, and even sometimes Wal-Mart. PLEASE don't ask me to go to the mall... just can't do it.

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I understand completly. I have children also. And wal-mart is a night mare much less the mall. Along with the children I have problems with volentering to help family members and school. Over extend myself all of the time never have time for my own college studies. Noise and large crowds make me feel like I am screaming inside.
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The Wal-mart Super Centers really overwhelm me. All that stuff plus all those people. Wow!!!
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Yes absolutely....family gatherings....just sitting down to do homework gets me REALLY overwhelmed....also just when a teacher passes out an exam...very heavy traffic on a Los Angeles freeway.....awakening on a Monday morning.....picking up the phone knowing I have to make a difficult phone call....these situations get me overwhelmed.....Joan
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Kids getting home from school can overwhelm me. However, major expressways are my big downfall!! I love to drive but lots of cars zooming by me on a 4 lane highway is my personal nightmare.
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Ok...I'm not a woman, but this is a topic I relate to. When driving, and trying to find my way to a new destination, I actually have to turn the radio off...I get overwhelmed...overstimulated.
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I too find it difficult if more than 1 thing goin on.the phone ringing and the postman stopping at my letterbox are my 2 biggest
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I definitely have problems if there's too much going on. Especially if I'm trying to concentrate. If I need to work on something - it has to be quiet. Otherwise I'll get distracted. Coffeeshop music is okay - if it's in the background. but I can't talk/have a conversation/ or listen to someone AND do anything else requiring thought or attention at the same time.
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Today at work, they installed two air conditioners. My office is really just 2 large rooms and the humming of them plus the radio one of the engineers has is enough to drive me crazy, especially if I have to add answering the phone to my CAD work schedule. Oh my Gosh its madness!
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Oh, Jeeeeesus, God in Heaven. My Admin job is going to drive me to doing drugs. I swear, I just can't handle it and I feel like such a loser because of it.

It is a CONSTANT swirl of activity and I simply cannot keep up. Today was horrible. I'm thinking very strongly about quitting.

Memos, faxes, phones ringing, meetings, people asking questions, things to be ordered, things to be picked up, charts to update, people to escort, paperwork to be done, documents to redline, charts to be created, mail to be delivered, parties to be planned, things to be locked up, expense reports to be done, forms to fill out, things to be distributed, things to be collected, things to be turned on, important calls to make, VIP's to deal with.....

Oh Dear God, I'm drowning.

I'm going to quit.

Is there really a God?

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Overload: Is your post about quitting a job or is about is there really a God? or both? Can you look for another job WHILE you are there? OR is the situation that unbearable? Sounds like the job requires incredible MULTI-TASKING talents....which for some of us does not work....

Have you been there long? If not, perhaps it's reasonable to quit....what do you think God would be saying to you if there IS a God?

Personally, I think there IS a God....who leads me and guides me day after day....but I have to ask for that guidance....which you are doing...so that's good...PLUS I also think that he does put opportunities into our lives but not until we are ready to accept them....Maybe he is closing a door for you (with this job)...and preparing a more suitable job for you....
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Multi-tasking bites! It bites me right in the butt. I simply cannot do it. I've actually wanted to break down at work and cry about this sometimes.

Only being facetious about there being a God. I know in my heart and spirit that there is a God. That's for sure.

Sometimes though, I don't understand the reason why God allows certain things to happen, you know? Like why did I have endure the humiliation that I did at this job?

Joan, some days I'd just pray, pray, pray all through the day and I know that God got me through some tough spots where things just magically came together. But I guess even God has to take a break sometimes so there were many disasters while God was 'on break.'

I'm going to do my best to be positive about this and hope and work towards the best. You're right. Maybe a better job for me is just around the corner.
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You have a cute sense of humor Overload....God taking a break...and so things happening while he was on break so he missed taking care of them??? That's great....I never thought of it that way....I think you're right though.... Yes the ideal job for you might be JUST around the corner....we never know those things....the next phone call or the next click on the mouse right reveal the next job......
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I have to multi task. It is part of my job. I just have little posty notes all over . There are different colors to let me know what is most imprtant. Xample: Hot Pink means now, it can't wait. Blue means asap. yellow ones are just reminders. I take them down as i get things finished. But, i do not throw them out for a day or 2 and i look at each one before i do. just to make sure I did get it done.
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