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Old 11-29-16, 06:03 AM
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Any ADHD academics on this board?

I'm sure there must be more than one. Who are you and what field are you in? PhD student, postdoc, professor?
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Re: Any ADHD academics on this board?

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.
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Post doc (I do both research and teaching ) ... soon to be unemployed.
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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.
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Re: Any ADHD academics on this board?

I am an academic. Faculty.
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Re: Any ADHD academics on this board?

Unemployed. My education is in Linguistics.
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Re: Any ADHD academics on this board?

I switched to business after getting a Ph.D. Still not sure whether it was a good choice.
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Re: Any ADHD academics on this board?

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.
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Re: Any ADHD academics on this board?

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.
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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!
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Re: Any ADHD academics on this board?

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.
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Re: Any ADHD academics on this board?

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.
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Re: Any ADHD academics on this board?

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.
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