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From George

Alright, here goes nothing.


Hey folks, I’m George. And yeah, I’ve had ADHD since I was a kid. Life’s always been a bit of a rollercoaster, ya know? Recently, I landed this new job in London. Big city, big dreams and all that jazz. But man, lemme tell ya, this new gig has been a trip. Not the good kind, either. More like a "what the hell did I get myself into" kind of trip.


So, I show up on my first day, all nervous but excited. I mean, who wouldn't be? It's a fresh start, right? But pretty much right off the bat, I get hit with the cold, hard truth. This place is *not* ADHD-friendly. Like, at all.


First off, the office is open-plan. Now, for most folks, that might be great. Lots of space, people to chat with. But for me? It’s like trying to work in the middle of a busy street. Too much noise, too many distractions. I can't focus on my tasks when there's so much going on around me. Every phone call, every conversation, every little noise is like a mini explosion in my brain. It’s exhausting.


Then there's the way they handle tasks and deadlines. Everything's last minute. I get it, sometimes work is like that, but here it’s like they thrive on chaos. And chaos and ADHD? They don’t mix. I need structure, a bit of predictability. Instead, I’m getting tossed tasks right before the clock runs out, and then everyone’s in a panic. And when I do ask for some kind of system or schedule to follow, they look at me like I’m speaking Martian.


Meetings are another nightmare. They’re long, they’re boring, and they’re everywhere. And it’s not like they’re productive either. Most of the time, it feels like we’re just going around in circles. I can’t sit still for that long. My mind starts wandering, and then I miss important points. But if I doodle or fidget to keep myself engaged, I get these looks. You know the ones, like “is this guy even paying attention?” It’s frustrating as hell.


Breaks are another thing. They’re pretty much non-existent. Everyone just powers through, eating at their desks, glued to their screens. I need those breaks. Not just to rest, but to reset my brain, to recharge. But it feels like taking a break here is some kind of cardinal sin. If I step away for a bit, I come back to a pile of work and passive-aggressive comments about my “dedication.”


I tried talking to my manager about it. Thought maybe if I explained how ADHD works, we could find some middle ground. Big mistake. He just gave me this blank stare and said, “We all have our struggles, George. You just need to try harder.” Try harder. Right. As if I’m not already giving it everything I’ve got just to keep my head above water.


And the worst part? The isolation. It’s like no one gets it. I feel like I’m constantly behind, always playing catch-up. Everyone else seems to breeze through their tasks while I’m stuck in the mud, spinning my wheels. I can see the frustration in their eyes when I ask for clarification or when I miss a deadline. And yeah, it’s wearing me down. I’m starting to dread going to work. I wake up with this pit in my stomach, knowing it’s gonna be another battle just to make it through the day.


But hey, I’m not giving up. I’m looking for ways to cope, to make it work. Maybe I’ll find some noise-canceling headphones, or some apps to help me stay on track. And I’m definitely keeping an eye out for other opportunities. Somewhere a bit more understanding, where I can actually thrive instead of just survive.


So yeah, that’s my life right now. A bit of a mess, but I’m hanging in there. If any of you have tips or tricks, I’m all ears. We ADHD folks gotta stick together, right?

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