How my ADHD diagnosis and treatment has saved my career, and possibly my life.

Medication for ADHD. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elvanse.jpg

“Incredibly intellectual, but his laziness lets him down.”

At school I was what I’d describe as a B+ student. I was very good at things, but I was so uninterested in them that I’d sail through them with an above average grade rather than excel. This pattern stretched into sixth form (college) and university, then later work. I would start off really interested, engaged and hard-working, then things would slip. I just assumed I was lazy, and then I’d beat myself up for being lazy, which only seemed to make me more lazy.

Source: https://pixabay.com/vectors/employee-desk-stress-exhausted-6038877/

“HOW ARE THERE THIS MANY HOURS IN THE DAY?!”

The effects were almost instant. The next day I woke up at the crazy hour the cat wants feeding, took my pill, then went back to bed for an hour nap before my day started properly.

“Oh, so that was the ADHD, was it?”

There were various other things that suddenly disappeared after the treatment began. The most notable one is impulsiveness.

Life, apparently, for me anyway, begins at 37

Not having these thousands of tiny needle pricks slowly but surely eroding my personal confidence in myself has gone some way to reducing my imposter syndrome at work. The lack of overthinking means I can focus, prioritise, and most importantly, not see every task as some impossible endeavour, and not having to deal with the emotional and mental fallout of that happening so many times every day.

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Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Berliner. Android Engineering Manager. ADHD/Anxiety/Depression sufferer. Posts mainly about tech, politics and mental health.