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You Can’t Do That With ADHD

What Can't I Do
or what can’t I do well?

There are so many of us and we are all different. We span a great huge spectrum of abilities, and we make up a vast array of character types.

You can’t group us together in one bunch, unless you group us together under the heading of “People with ADHD.”

And because of our differences, because of the broadness of our abilities, there is nothing in the world that can’t be done by at least a few of us.

Together we could rule the world, if there was enough of us who could organize that movement and get it going.

I know people …

I know people with ADHD who are neat freaks, a place for everything and everything in its place, and yes, they have ADHD, guaranteed.

I know people with ADHD who are almost always on time. I’m one of them.

But I haven’t always been that way. When I had a regular job that had a set start time, I often pushed my arrival to the very last minute, I didn’t consider that being on time, even though I was usually getting there seconds before my start time.

But there are things

Our general population of people with ADHD may contain folks who can do anything, but by and large there are things most of us shouldn’t do.

I know, for example that the bulk of us would be ill advised to take a job driving a bus, at least not a school bus or an urban transit bus.

What else?

I personally question some of the things I do for a living, part of one of my jobs is to post articles on social media, and every time I go to do that part I have to be very diligent or I’ll find myself wandering around seeing what my friends are up to and who’s been dissing my preferred political party of the day.

But I guess you’d say I was one of the people with ADHD who can do that, even though I spend some of my time cursing myself for time wasted.

I’ve often thought

It’s a good thing I’m not a surgeon or an ER doctor, but I am aware that there are those among our ranks that hold such positions.

I worry about the parts of me that are foundationally ADHD every time I take on a new job.

I try to contemplate every aspect of the job and attempt to figure out what parts of my ADHD will cause issues with those aspects.

And sometimes I decide, after I’ve done my best on whatever job I’ve taken on, that given my ADHD and the manifestations of its aspects in my life, that I can’t do that.

I can’t do that with my ADHD. But maybe you can with yours.

You Can’t Do That With ADHD

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2019). You Can’t Do That With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 9, 2020, from


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