Working with ADHD – by Victoria Smith

October was ADHD Awareness Month. Stay Up Late Ambassador Victoria Smith has been writing a series of blogs for us to help people better understand ADHD. In her final blog in this series she writes about ADHD in the work-place.

Working with ADHD

By Victoria Smith

So you all know I’ve been working at Gig Buddies and Stay Up Late for 4 years now which has been so amazing for me, learning new things all the time. But I’m going to talk in this blog about working in a work-place with ADHD.

To start with I have the most amazing support team who help me through a lot to be where I am today. So I want to say a big thank you to the Stay Up Late team and the Gig Buddies team.

When I first started this job I had no clue what I was doing or how to behave in a work-place. I soon learned how to behave and to do a task at work. But it wasn’t so easy for me because I do talk a lot and about stuff that’s not about work. So I get help to stay on task.

What helps me is writing down what I’m doing each time I’m at work. Sometimes if I work for a long time I can get over-tired so I have to have a break. But I only do 8 hours a week with work to help me to do the task and do my job. We cut my work days into 4 hours a day so I do two days at work which help me a lot.

Sometimes I do full days but it’s part of the job role because sometimes I am in the office doing stuff and sometimes I’m out about helping gig buddies doing matches and socials. I can be very shy at meeting new people but from this job I learn sometimes you have to jump in the deep end and push yourself to the limit.

I am very proud of the work I have done so far with work but it is not easy sometimes when you have got lots going on in your mind like “what am I going to eat tonight?”

What helps me is I to tell myself “Victoria it’s not that time it’s time to work hard.” But I love chatting away which is hard for me like all the time.

Being an adult with ADHD it is really hard like keeping my flat tidy and taking my meds and I need help with that to remind of those things and to talk about how I’m feeling.

It can be very hard at times. When someone asks me “how are you today?” some days I know what I’m feeling but other days I don’t and it can really hard to explain to some people.

I find it harder as an adult with ADHD because you have lots of thing to think about in life and putting things right and being careful. As a child it is easier but I learn every day is a battle. But we get through!

Victoria here: I really hope you enjoy the blogs about ADHD and remember we are all different in our own ways and no one can ever take that away from you!

Victoria’s previous blogs in her series on ADHD can be found in links below:

Living With ADHD

The meaning of ADHD

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