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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: November 2009

posted: Thursday November 19th - 1:03pm

ADHD, Anxiety, and Impending Birthdays

The fear is bigger than my birthday, the economy, and ADHD. This about reining in my mind so that it doesn't wander, so I can stay focused enough to survive.

The sister came to visit the other day. She sees the apartment that I am subletting and is clearly impressed. On the surface, the place looks great. Hey, it's a high-rise and has a doorman. "How much are you paying for this?" she asks. "Enough," I tell her, but I'm getting a bargain because it's a friend of a friend. The apartment is something from the...
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posted: Tuesday November 3rd - 10:47am

A Rare Moment: Feeling Non-ADHD, for a Day

On days like this, my conversations are more about listening than having the ADHD panic of making sense of the tornado of words and thoughts and tasks and grasping onto whatever I can hold onto.

There was a recent day when I could see things so clearly, it was as if I had a glimpse into the world of a normal, non-ADHD person who can focus on one thing at a time and knock things off the To-Do list like an expert marksman. The slant of sun was a fluke. I had taken the Adderall like I've been doing on weekdays,...
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