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Jane D., a professional writer with ADHD in her early 40s, blogs about dating and relationships, working and losing a variety of jobs, and surviving and thriving with attention deficit, along with depression and anxiety. She lives and works near a big city on the West Coast.

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Archives: October 2007

posted: Wednesday October 31st - 8:54am

My Spooky Halloween

Tonight I was once again a half an hour late to that weekly ADD research session at the hospital.

I'm one of six human guinea pigs (ADD adult participants), there at the beck and call of psychiatrists who want to study adult ADD people and figure out why we are so absent minded and ditzy. I came in and saw candy on the table, ahhh a Halloween treat I thought. The doctor who runs the research sessions is a funny looking character with his geeky...
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posted: Wednesday October 31st - 8:36am

It's Halloween for Christ's Sake

It was Halloween today, a holiday for people with a social life and families, for dressed-up dogs and babies...

...and here I am sitting in the expensive shoebox sized apartment, $1350 each month, roommate from hell, a TV hog. I wish I could tell her in a nice civil way, hey can I watch the TV too since I pay $80 a month for cable. I'm tired of being a wallflower, a pushover, is that an ADD trait too? I spent the entire day slaving away...
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posted: Saturday October 27th - 9:13am

Dating Crisis, Man Crisis!

I got to thinking why I don't go after the things I supposedly want. What is stopping me? If I grow bored of potential Prince Charmings that quickly, how am I ever supposed to walk down the aisle? Has ADD also stripped me of lust?

I could blame it on the ADD, only the other night at the guinea pig meeting at the hospital the doctor told us that there are ADD people who are smart and others who aren't, normal people who are smart, and others who aren't, so there's no black and white answer as to what works and what doesn't work. I can't blame the ADD, can't blame...
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posted: Friday October 5th - 5:14pm

The ADD Meet Up Went Swimmingly Well

Although we're all strangers, it feels really nice to be with people like me where I can do the emotional striptease without feeling dirty.

The ADD meet up meeting went swimmingly well. This time the pow wow was at Gregory's, a long-key Starbucks-look alike near Union Square, rather than Cosi where the music literally drowns out all thoughts. We had two repeats and three new people, including a really strange man who was fixated on the idea that I am a part-time swim instructor. One of the repeats is Kevin a...
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posted: Monday October 1st - 4:12pm

Yeah, I'm In, I'm In.

I feel like a college kid again waving the acceptance letter to her first choice college.

Only in this case I found out that I've made it into the Mt. Sinai free ADD research program, I guess my ADD is that bad. But for the first time I feel like I am getting something free out of having this disorder, and besides we get paid to be guinea pigs right. ...
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