Working with ADHD(ryan-rushing.com)

3 years ago from Ryan Rushing, Design Lead, Broadcat

  • katie fricks, 3 years ago

    Hey. Designer with ADD here. I've had it all my life. So has my brother. And my dad.

    I love reading about normal, successful professionals like me with ADD, and my secret pleasure is checking out the ADHD subreddit.

    I tried a bunch of different meds growing up and ultimately said, "Fuck it!" due to the side effects/price/forgetfulness. Once I got a real job and realized my lack of focus wasn't working in my favor, I started taking something again–-something else, something with side effects I could deal with.

    And you know what? I love who I am on meds. I no longer annoy myself by losing my focus a million times in conversation or blurting out absurd thoughts. I can actually get work done and communicate with people (mostly) effectively. Oh, and my driving's better. And I only have to go back home and double check that I turned off the stove every once in a while.

    I actually attempted to go off medication about a month ago just to see what life's like, and I wasn't a fan. Our society talks a lot about how docs push pills and how you shouldn't have to take stuff every day. I get that; I don't WANT to take something, and I especially don't want to pay a lot of cash to take something daily, but my world is so much better with these meds in my life.

    On them, I'm a more improved version of myself. Katie 2.0.

    Of course, the meds wear off after a certain number of hours, so I'm still left with my cooky self after work and on weekends when I don't take them. I haven't at all "lost myself."

    Oh, and I have a thousand methods of dealing with ADD:

    • LISTS, LISTS, LISTS. I have lists for everything. I have lists of lists I need to make.

    • Routine: The more patterns I create in my life routine, the better.

    • React more slowly to stuff that bothers me. If something upsets me, I sit on it for a few days before bringing it to light. More often than not, I'll forget about it or decide it's not a big deal.

    • When cooking in the kitchen, use timers. And don't leave the room.

    What's not fun is when I do a little search for an InVision tip and end up with a million tabs open writing a novella on Designer News.

    But all in all, I can deal with my ADD, and it's part of what makes me the happy, fun, spontaneous person I am. I'd take it over being boring any day.

    4 points
    • Ryan RushingRyan Rushing, 3 years ago

      Same same same!

      Thanks for sharing your experiences! All of what you're saying is very familiar. Once, my doctor suggested once that I try a week of work without the medicine to how it goes... and I made two whole days.

      I'm right there with you about Version 2.0. Without my medicine it feels like trying to drive through a thick fog, and I would rather choose to drive without fog!

      And oh, the lists! Lists and lists of lists! At a previous job, someone once asked "Why do you care so much about organization and process?"

      Because I have to! I will literally browse Reddit all day otherwise.

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