IN THEIR WORDS ADHDers sound off on family, work, and life
I WAS CALLED “SPECIAL” IN SCHOOL BEFORE ANYONE KNEW WHAT ADHD was. I had behavioral problems, but I was smart enough to get B’s and C’s. I was a solid average student. I was prescribed Ritalin and became a
zombie. I was prescribed dexedrine and felt rage. Medication isn’t for me.
In my business career, I have found that the best medication for my
brain is a pot of coffee. When I’m in a meeting that goes beyond an hour,
I take a break and have a cup of coffee before I go further. Coffee always
puts me on an even keel.
My ADHD gives me the energy and the ability to make decisions on a
dime. I thrive on juggling a dozen balls at once, and I make my best
decisions when I’m juggling. I get stressed when everything is going just
fine and things are running smoothly. I’m in my happy place when I’m
facing a lot of problems.
Exercise is essential to optimizing my cognitive function and neurotrans-mitters. Think of it like your lawn. You have thousands of ungerminated
grass seeds that can sit there stagnant for years, just waiting to be activated. The only way to activate the grass seeds in your brain is to exercise.
Those diagnosed with ADHD shouldn’t get down. You have an advantage
over those who don’t have it when it comes to business. In nine out of 10
cases, I would hire a person with ADHD and some business skills over an
MBA from Wharton who is a star on paper.
act of writing lessens the
wind speed of the ideas
swirling around and
frees you to focus on
the task at hand. —
from The ADHD
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What gets you
35% Friends who understand me
20% Humor and laughter
10% Talk therapy
30% All of the above
Ken Buckman (aka Bucky)
CEO and founder of Trade Tec and Rainy Investments
Ariadna Jacob talk
about how medication
helped her succeed
in the digital issue: