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    Handling shame from getting fired again, my 6th time, need pep talk
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    NDonson posted:
    Hi all,

    I was diagnosed with ADD inactive type in my early 30s, but have struggled with the effects from ADD symptoms all my life. There is a huge dichotomy between my high intelligence, flowing creativity and hard working spirit with my weaknesses stemming from disorganization, distractions, impulsivity (especially difficultly in social situations and with communication at work), distractibility and lousy auditory processing. I have master's degree in Communications,(somehow did well in school because I work so hard), but in recent years have I have had several career changes, worked in offices doing PR, but in recent years worked as an artist and teacher.

    I need a pep talk. I just got fired after three years working as an Art Teacher at an after school program. Before this, I was fired from another after school program I worked at after 7 years of employment. I am very hard working and eager to get along in the workplace. Yet, in most of these situations the reason I was terminated was because of my impulsivity in social situations, not reading non-verbal cues. I rub people the wrong way and seem to not be able to censor my conversations. I blurt and interrupt and frustrate and offend,and must say inappropriate things, but don't always know when I'm doing so. I only figure out I was inappropriate after the fact when I get a weird look from someone or I'm called into a private conversation with my boss. In this can I was let go because I was not a team player and had difficulty working well with my colleagues.
     
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    LiKeYa responded:
    I meant to include this in my earlier post: ADHD is recognized as a disability under the ADA. This requires the employer to make reasonable accommodations. This link has more information in lay terms:
    http://www.additudemag.com/adhd-web/article/674.html
     
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    editor_morgan responded:
    Hi NDonson! Thank you for trusting the WebMD community and its users with this very sensitive topic.

    Have you spoken to a doctor about how to manage your ADD symptoms while on the job?

    This is a very relevant link to what you are currently going through. Specifically, on page 2, the link includes on-the-job tips for those with ADD/ADHD: http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-in-the-workplace#1
     
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    Expert-Gina Pera responded:
    Hi there,

    I'm sorry to hear of your struggles.

    You sound as though you have much to offer, but ADHD symptoms might be sabotaging your best efforts.

    Are you pursuing any type of medical treatment?

    Behaviors such as "blurting" and "interrupting" and "missing social cues" are classic ADHD-related challenges, and they typically respond well to medication.

    A pep talk can go only so far—and will not prevent this from happening to you again. If nothing changes, and you keep receiving such feedback, you might become increasingly pessimistic about your job and work prospects.

    I encourage you to look into medication treatment. It could just be the strategy you need to continue doing work that you love.

    Good luck!

    Gina
    Adult ADHD Expert And Author
    http://www.GinaPera.com
    http://ADHDRollerCoaster.org


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