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Old 06-20-18, 12:04 PM
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Hi all,

This is my first post to these forums. Work is my biggest issue right now that my A.D.D. is ruining. I am a 40 year old woman. I have 2 teenage boys, a special needs sister and my husband that I live with. I have A.D.D. of the inattentive type. I recently started taking 30 mg of Vyvanse in the am. I was on Adderall 5 mg 3x day. The Vyvanse was working incredible but I have seen a bit of a decrease the longer I am on it. I am leary to up my dose right now. I also suffer from anxiety and any body symptoms or issues that is different I panic. Ugh...Back to what I was getting at...I know that I am pretty smart I was able to attain my Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies, find a job in my field, and stay at a job for 7 years (my longest).

That being said, as a young adult I jumped from job to job quitting or getting fired because, I was bored with it and didn't want to go or I thought I should be boss already as I have been there for a month.

Fast forward to me actually having jobs that I liked and stayed at. As I am looking back on the common denominators that I feel made me leave or was asked to leave are the following:

1. Attention to Detail - I miss dates, transposed numbers and letters, etc. I am at least having to fix it a couple times before it goes out (if I catch it before then).
2. Think of everything else but work and of course they are all more important than the work I need to get done (such as this post I am writing on company time).
3. It is a busy law office I work at so I have usually 3 or more things going on at once. Phone will ring, Attorney will ask question, someone will walk in and then I have to figure out where I left off.
4. If it is something that I am not sure what needs to be done or it is too much, I will leave it to the side thinking I will tackle it in a few which never happens.
5. My mind will just really get distracted and bored and say its time for a facebook break that lasts way too long.
6. Being late - EVERY job I have had, I have been spoken to for being late. I will be good for a week or two and then boom...late
7. right now I work mostly on my own which is kind of an issue for me since I have no real discipline. I also think that is why I get bored easier too. I have really no one to chat with while I work. But it also helps keep me a little more focused.
Every job, I am always that one who is just on the cusp of being let go.

So I am super sorry for the LONG WINDED post but:
Do any of you have these issues or other issues?
What tools do you use to help you?
Maybe the Office isn't an environment I need to work in. Any suggestions for jobs that are more fitting for an ADD Inattentive?
Anyone use a Job coach? I looked for a ADD coach and it was $600/mo out of pocket

Thank you for any help.
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