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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 2011

posted: Tuesday October 25th - 8:04am

ADHD Fairytales: Do I Deserve a Prince Charming, Too?

My younger cousin's recent engagement has sparked in me feeling of ADHD inadequacy and loneliness. Will I ever find a prince who can love me because of -- or in spite of -- my ADHD?

My youngest cousin is getting married, at age 28. She's known him for only a year, this was her first and only boyfriend, and now they are headed down the altar. She's been sneaky about it, never revealing to any family members that she had a beau before they went off to Europe together last winter. And then somewhere on the Twitter feed I read recently,...
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posted: Monday October 17th - 7:00am

Dim Sum For the ADHD Soul

In Hong Kong, I've found dumplings, wife cake, and milk tea. Yet in this city of precious few English-speaking therapists, I feel I am starving, wasting away without treatment or support for my ADHD.

My hunt for an ADD/ADHD therapist in Hong Kong has degraded into a round robin of unanswered phone calls to medical professionals. Not many American or British shrinks work in this primarily Asian city, and the one that I've found charges such an astronomical hourly rate that I might as well fly home to New York for a session. So what about the Chinese mental-health professionals...
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posted: Thursday October 6th - 7:00pm

The Thrill Is Gone... Again

The thrill and the excitement of swimming are lost for now, and I am left desperately trying to recapture them, wondering if the ADHD has once again snatched away something I loved dearly and that kept me sane.

Despite the vibrant fall foliage, perfect blue skies, and too-orange-y Halloween kitsch, a dark gray cloud looms over my autumn season. And it has manifested in the water. Since the summer, my appetite for swimming -- once a passion and an alternative treatment for my ADHD symptoms -- has dimmed. My love for the pool, for the water, and for life has faded. I swim with...
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posted: Monday October 3rd - 9:00am

Who Will Accept Me as an ADD Adult If I Can't Accept Myself?

Searching for a reason for why I don't fit in at my new job and why no one from my old job keeps in touch, I begin to wonder if it's them, me, the unusual place I'm in in my life, or because of the ADD/ADHD.

Though, as I mentioned in my last post, I've been discouraged by how quickly the relationships I formed at my last job have faded, I still gave my ex-boss a courtesy phone call to check in -- and she ignored it. Meanwhile, the other former colleagues never surfaced. (And why would they? I was temporary anyway, and as the grandmother says,...
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