I started writing this post, and then someone called and I forgot all about it. Sounds like something that someone with ADD would do. NO?
My own personal story:
I recall when I was in grammar school, they thought I was a trouble maker, they thought I was lazy. They thought I didn’t put in any effort, and I didn’t care about learning. I was nothing more than a problem child to them. I was nothing more than the class clown.
Being born in the baby boomer generation, (1946-1964) and for your own information, I am very close to the 1964 number. In any regards back then, Attention deficit disorder was barely if at all acknowledged. It hadn’t been invented yet for a lack of better term.
During the early 1980’s I visited a psychiatrist and he immediately diagnosed me with Attention Deficit Disorder. He did testing, asked me a barrage of questions and more. He was sure he was right. He was!! The anecdote was medication in the form of stimulant. The most common medications to treat ADHD or ADD.
I had been working for this particular firm for 3 years, and was close to calling it quits. I couldn’t seem to advance, I couldn’t concentrate, I couldn’t complete tasks timely. I was about to quit and do something different. My career was going nowhere. Then came my above mentioned visit to the Doctor.
I didn’t quit and lucky for me because the medication changed my life!
After my diagnosis, and subsequent medication changes, my career sky rocketed. I was working for an International Financial organization with offices worldwide. In ten years, I went from a low tier position with low tier money, to an Assistant Vice President, the number three man in the firm. My salary went from 15,000 dollars annually to over 150,000 dollars annually.
Imagine that, Adult Attention Deficit disorder is real after all and I’m a living example of how a proper diagnosis can change a person’s life.
Some years later I went back to school and studied Computer Science and graduated with a degree. I became certified with Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, Dell Computers and eventually after retiring from the Commercial Finance Industry, opened up my own Information Technology business. We were in business for 15 years and did Okay for ourselves.
What a difference a day makes!!!