Monday, November 8, 2010

I am an ADHD American

I actually said this to a potential employer last week. Yes, yes I did. It wasn't a first interview and I know my strengths exist despite my ADHD so...fuckit. I said it. Yes, it was a joke, I wouldn't be able to say that phrase with a straight face. I told them that because I am an ADHD American, I live in fear of the empty inbox.

Incidentally, I got the job.

More on that in later posts, at least to the degree that discretion allows!

It's important for us to choose our moments, and I'm not honestly sure that I'd choose to reveal myself in this situation again if given the chance, but nobody died, and I did get the job so hey...whutevs. I'm me...if nothing else, I'm me. We can do great good in the world by being our true selves.

I have written about this before but it's worth restating...especially when I meet parents of kids with ADHD, I reveal myself.

It is also the case that we can best serve ourselves, only by being our true and real selves, and by being honest with ourselves about what we are dealing with.


  1. I love it. I teach and I am always very up front with parents about myself and my kids when I am suggesting that they may want to take their child to a pediatrician. They appreciate my honesty and they realize that it's really not such a big deal. They also realize that I really am looking out for their child's best interests. Let's all help get rid of the stigma!!!