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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 2010

posted: Monday November 29th - 8:00am

Do You Engage in Passport Therapy to Treat ADHD?

As an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), I've learned to cope with instability by traveling. I call it my passport therapy.

Passport therapy is the escapism that has gotten me through the speed bumps in life. Whenever things on the work or relationship front collapse -- I take out my passport and travel. I am well aware that things are the same anywhere you go and that, like my friends who are married and have mortgages, I should have outgrown this habit of running away from...
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posted: Tuesday November 9th - 8:00am

Career Instability Brings Out the Worst of My ADHD

Trying to battle my own ADHD instability, how can I find a way to be useful to my eccentric boss?

For the past 10 days I've been traveling through Asia. I am here partly because of fate and partly because I am insane. I am, after all, the sort of person who still believes in fortune-tellers and fortune cookies. I’m also starting to become resigned to the fact that I’m destined for a life of adventure. A woman I met years ago runs a journalism program...
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posted: Friday November 5th - 9:00am

With Adult ADHD, Is It Hard to Give Up Control?

In church, the priest told us to let go of the unknown. As an ADHD adult, how can I let go of the things that haunt me?

Halfway around the world in Hong Kong, I find myself working for a new boss who probably suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), too. I am quite certain that she has a more severe case than I do. A colleague tells me to avert the boss’s gaze because just looking her in the eye may inspire another unpredictable brainstorming session. Indeed, my new employer is a...
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