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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: August 2009

posted: Tuesday August 25th - 12:39pm

ADDitude's Adult ADHD Blogger Gets a Job!

The comeback chick, a.k.a. Jane, emerges along with a renewed sense of energy. Apologies to my loyal readers who have wondered where Jane is.

About a week ago two job offers came in, both unexpected and arriving at a time when this adult ADHDer was on the verge of checking herself into a rehab clinic (i.e., anxiety, depression) or some kumbaya-styled retreat. The family was fully prepared to take me back into the roost, with long sighs, of course. They couldn't kick me to the curb—or could they? I had hit...
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posted: Friday August 21st - 11:31am

Roaches and ADHD Dating Woes

Desperation sucks. Relationships at a certain point come with a price—and I wonder if it will ever get easier.

The German cockroaches reared their ugly face in the sink and fridge the other night. I returned to the apartment to find even the freezer infested by the critters. I watched them with sick fascination, marching over bags of frozen vegetables. The roommate, the single mother with the boy, responded to my 911 call calmly. "Really are they roaches? I thought I saw fruit flies, but...
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posted: Monday August 10th - 4:05pm

Major Meltdown

Launching a very private battle to slay the demons of ADHD.

The recent meltdown started with an email and a call to the mother, the invisible non-existent mother, who years ago abandoned my sister and me after an extramarital affair. I rarely talk about her because it is like a wound that is easily reopened, so raw that, at the age of 33, I cannot talk about her without physically tensing up or crying. My mother jumped...
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posted: Monday August 3rd - 12:48pm

Do We Use Relationships to Escape from ADHD?

The romantic in me thrives on the challenge of dating, but shies away when the thrill is over and the love appears.

Last weekend I jetted off to a Bahamian resort with the new guy, a balding, free-spending, and very chubby guy who will soon celebrate his 50th birthday. He's really into me, but he is direct and blunt and has the annoying habit of having to talk about our relationship every five minutes. (Can’t say I’d recommend nagging as the way to get through to the adult...
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