So, people with ADHD are everywhere. And they are doing everything.
And the deal is, if you have ADHD, and you’ve figured out your coping mechanisms, and you can handle the job you’re doing, then you go!
I’ve written about being fairly sure I shouldn’t drive a bus. Especially not a school bus. I’m not suggesting the added responsibility of children would be a bad thing, but hey need to be certain places at certain times or things really get fouled up.
Why not a bus?
I’ve also mentioned that I think I’d be okay driving a taxi, but I’m not volunteering to do that. The difference is that a bus has a scheduled route, and I’d get bored on about the third day.
And no, I don’t just shirk my responsibilities when I’m bored, but my mind picks up the slack when that happens and it wanders off.
Well, yes and no. It depends on what you mean by cope. I’d continue to drive safely, but I might not remember the stops I’m supposed to make.
I’d be driving along, making plans in my head for a modified potato launcher or a new election system or a formula to pay politicians based on the income of their constituents, and I’d forget to pick up your child … or drop them all off at school.
So what do people with ADHD do?
Like I said, you do what you’ve figured out you can do and you create coping mechanisms to deal with the issues you have with that job, or the job you want to have.
So people with ADHD do what they damned well want to do, or have to do.
People with ADHD do everything from pumping gas to being doctors. And like the rest of the population, there are some of us who are good at what we do and some who aren’t.
But people with ADHD do tend toward jobs that provide an adrenaline rush, if they get the opportunity to choose what they’ll do.
I once heard that people rise to the level of their incompetence and stay there. That seemed wrong, and yet rang of truth. People who do a good job at something are often promoted to the next thing, kind of as a reward I guess.
When they finally get to some job that they can’t cope with, they’re left there, no more rewards, so no more promotions. Take that!
But if you have the chance …
Sometimes what you need is a focal point. If there’s something you can “hyperfocus” on, like wanting to be a firefighter so bad you can taste it, you live and breathe it, it occupies your thoughts constantly, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to stay focused on that well enough that you’ll achieve your goal.
Emergency worker and soldier are jobs we seem drawn to. Remember, adrenaline, right. And oddly enough, emergency doctor is another one.
What’s up, doc?
And once you’ve headed off to medical school, or maybe even before that, you might well find something else in medicine that fascinates you. So there will be doctors out there who have ADHD.
And recently I was asked if I was comfortable having a doctor who had a developmental disorder. And I said …
If you’re doing your job and you love it, then the odds are that you’re either so delusional about your competence that you won’t actually get any referrals, or you’ve got your coping structure in place and you’ve got this all figured out.
And if you’ve got it all figured out, you’re the doctor I want.
So hey, Doc, how’s it going today?