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Feeling very unsure of myself

I was only diagnosed a few short years ago with Attention Deficit Disorder not Hyperactive .  I was diagnosed with a Auditory Processing/Visual Perception in High School… Two years ago I was laid off from my Data Entry job of 11 years. The last three were difficult because the job changed and I was receiving poor evaluations.

When the Psychologist wrote his report after completing testing, he was not surprised that I was experiencing difficulties on the job based on my ADD and other motor and other non-verbal task

I currently do have a part-time less than 20 hours a week retail job. I have been receiving positive feedback from the Assistant Store Manager.. I don’t like the varying shifts every week… Plus, their aren’t any health benefits and the pay is minimum wage and always will be. I don’t drive so using a public buses has also made the commute difficult.

I do have computer skills but I am competing against candidates with Bachelor degrees for office work. I don’t know what vocational avenues to pursue anymore… I basically want to throw in the towel and accept defeat…


A run of poor evaluations does not mean that you cannot do the work.  As you said, the job changed.

Do the people with BA degrees have your range of experience and your skills?

One manager of mine years ago said that he hired people with “marketable skills” and said that 3 years experience will beat 3 years at university.

Posted by Bob from Cootamundra on Jun 19, 2014 at 7:09pm

Hi Ria!

It stinks that the job changed after you had many successful years in that position. Many individuals with ADHD who are successfully employed find that determining the right fit was key. Here are some articles on about finding the right type of job for your strengths and weaknesses: and (this one is geared towards teens, but offers global tips).

There’s also a story about holding a job with ADHD:

I hope you find this information helpful in your search for new and appropriate employment.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jun 20, 2014 at 5:44pm

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