Linda’s Story

I was diagnosed with Add about 5-6 years ago. I am now 48 years old and, for some reason, have finally realized I have been in the wrong profession struggling from day to day having this disorder. I am a nurse and am about to leave the profession hoping to find some type of work that will fit for what I truly am.As a young child I remember saying how I wanted to be a nurse when I grew up. I thought it would make people look up to me since I too had such low self esteem and all that goes with being an Add-er.

I just started doing VNA work in the community (took the advice from Kelly/Ramundo book) but again I’m having a hard time with lack of confidence, feeling inadequate and so on that I now feel okay with searching for something else in the work world. Yes, I do take medication and have been seeing a therapist for many years. I’m at a point where I feel like just putting an ad out there describing the positive qualities of an add-erlooking for work in the “creative” field. I have found that reading books on add in the workplace (Lynn Weiss has written wonderful books on the subject) has been helpful but know that it will take time to find a good match for me. The older I get, the more depressed I feel when I don’t feel good about my work.

The anxiety is sometimes unbearable and I am no good for my children. It’s amazing my husband has stayed married to me this long. I worry so much for my children knowing that they, especially one of them might be heading towards dealing with the struggle of ADD. I wish I could sound more optimistic but right now I’m at a real low point. I do know they’ll be a light at the end of the tunnel. I do enjoy reading all your letters. Keep on writing !!! (