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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 2009

posted: Thursday October 29th - 1:59pm

Can Two ADHD Adults Make a Relationship Work?

Maybe two people with attention deficit disorder could help each other. There is always hope.

The Boyfriend, aka Mr. Sensitive, thinks that I am hysterical (“You are funny and say the funniest things” he laughs), and that the piles that I acquire are cute. Is it too good to be true? True love, I am told, is when someone loves you exactly the way you are, and tells you to don’t go changing, like the Billy Joel song. I often think...
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posted: Monday October 26th - 3:49pm

ADHD Medication Holidays

The effects of going off my ADHD medication are noticeable, but the sunny side outweighs the negatives.

On weekends, I put the Adderall on hiatus, out of a hunger to feel a bit of normalcy again. I call them "Adderall Retreats" or "double 'S' days" (Saturdays and Sundays). Either way, these medication holidays are respites from what I consider the effects of the drugs on me, an edginess and anxiety followed by a brief oasis of focus. The effects of the Adderall Retreats...
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posted: Wednesday October 7th - 9:47am

ADHD in the Rat Race for Organization

Organize, organize. How does an adult with ADHD make sense of everyday life in times of uncertainty (and stress, and inattention)?

Frazzled, burnt out, the battle is back. Once again I am on the forefront of what some might call the rat race cranked up a few notches. The Boyfriend doesn’t know about my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but I have a feeling that he suspects it. I have a sixth-sense, which is one of the positive traits of this disorder. He knows that the new...
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posted: Friday October 2nd - 2:17pm

Love—and Adderall—Rediscovered

While the boyfriend expounded the use of ADHD drugs as a weight loss fix for his patients, I hid my refill of Adderall, and kept my mouth shut. Breaking the news about the diagnosis would have to wait.

This is bliss. I am in love, and it has been ages since I had someone I actually looked forward to being with. Cupid is kind. We are at the end of month three with Mr. Sensitive, and it’s great. For the first time in my life I can’t complain. (OK, he’s obsessed with baseball, and he wants to take things slow. It took him...
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