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“What Costs More: The ADHD Tax or the Shame It Brings?”

“I can set my bills to autopay. I can scrutinize my bank statements. I can remove eBay and Amazon apps from my phone; I can keep due dates in a planner and stick Tiles to everything I can’t tie down. But I can’t fix everything. I’d have to rewire my ADHD brain.”

1 Comment: “What Costs More: The ADHD Tax or the Shame It Brings?”

  1. Thank you for this article. It does help assuage the shame to know that I’m not alone, and I’m forwarding this to a couple of close friends as you’ve explained the challenges better than I. A few more examples from my own life: forgetting to keep track of mileage and expenses, and then forgetting to submit expense reports so that I didn’t get reimbursed. Losing track of time so the parking meter runs out, then not paying the $10 parking ticket on time so it becomes $50 or $100. When I stopped using the library because I couldn’t get the books back on time, I bought more books. I’ve been a free-lance web developer for over 25 years but I forget to track all my hours and hate writing invoices, so sometimes I bill people as much as a year late and charge only 50-75% of the true total. Ka-ching!

    I was just diagnosed last year at age 70, and though I made a good salary for quite a few years, I have no savings other than my home equity. I would give so much to have learned sooner just why these seemingly simple tasks were so difficult for me.

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