What is the best career for someone with ADHD?

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  1. Lady MJ profile image81
    Lady MJposted 13 years ago

    What is the best career for someone with ADHD?

  2. Maltese-er profile image60
    Maltese-erposted 13 years ago

    I think first of all they have to list down and see what they like doing the most, what fulfills them and what interests them, because they would probably excel if they decide to do what they like doing. In fact, it's what we all should do, in order to do something rewarding and something that motivates us. I don't think there's a job that's not suitable for a person with ADHD, it comes down to their interests not their condition..

  3. Nan Mynatt profile image59
    Nan Mynattposted 13 years ago

    If you have ADHD you need to not be restricted, with lots of dos and don'ts. You may want a physical hands on career, or one that permits  you to move about. Very structure careers would not be good, because of the boredom.

  4. Donna Suthard profile image61
    Donna Suthardposted 13 years ago

    I worked with Children with ADHD in the school system. I know they have been given Ritalin and Adderall. Generally by the time they become adults, they have matured enough, that they should do what they love doing!
    It has to be free choice. Working with people that are like themselves can greatly benefit them and others. Counseling could be great work!.

  5. DonDWest profile image70
    DonDWestposted 13 years ago

    Probably a career that's physical in nature. I don't know if I have ADHD, but I wouldn't be surprised if I did as I have no patience at all. The biggest problem you'll face is "paying your dues" by getting trained in a given field. College and ADHD are not the best of friends.

  6. ravenlt04 profile image59
    ravenlt04posted 13 years ago

    One that will allow you to move around and interact with others!  I think a lot of my fellow teachers may have ADHD.  Um... waitress (what level career are you thinking?)!  Shopper, food inspector, realtor (not in this economy), contractor (any field)?

  7. skisy profile image85
    skisyposted 13 years ago

    As a child, I had ADHD, I guess technically speaking I still do, sometimes I realise after doing something that maybe it still affects me a little (though generally these cases are just funny little things I do, nothing negative), but I've completely changed from when I was a kid, I'm a very chilled and relaxed and patient person and pretty much everyone I meet these days can't imagine me ever being massively hyperactive.

    I don't think such things should be limited by labels given to people, almost anyone with ADHD could probably do any job just as well, or better, as anyone with out it(providing it is actually something they're skilled at, knowledgeable of etc...) It's no different than a "normal" person choosing a career. It's just something that interests the person, likely something they know they're good at or can do.

    Personally most of my work involves the outdoors as a coach and instructor and generally being pretty active, but it's mainly because that's what I love doing the most. But I also love and have an interest in electronics and engineering as well as having done a fair amount of programming, and I am just as able to sit down and concentrate on one thing closely for hours. Yes I often find that I am potentially distracted easily, but there are so many ways of avoiding and working past distractions that it essentially shouldn't matter.

    Most important point: any career you want! As anyone will get bored in any job if it's not one they care much for! smile

  8. lburmaster profile image73
    lburmasterposted 13 years ago

    Please do not tell anyone with ADHD to take couseling. While in school I have seen, myself included, many students being told they have ADHD. The child panics, thinks something is wrong with them, and all hell breaks loose. They are normal, however to do well at something, they must be interested by the subject. This is not an issue, just a personality type. Pills are not necessary to tamp down who they are. ADHD is a part of them and they learn to live with this. If they do not learn to use it young, they will never get over what they find difficult.
    People with ADHD often have speech impediments such as saying what they don't see. Their eyes can wander in the blink of an eye, then return to their place. They should not work at a bank or as an accountant. They have to be working and busy.

  9. MikeNV profile image67
    MikeNVposted 13 years ago

    Can you please tell me what MEDICAL tests lead to this diagnosis?

    Just one verifiable medical test... I'd like to know of just one test that confirms this diagnosis.

  10. Ranzi profile image74
    Ranziposted 13 years ago

    A career that give them the chance not to have routine and heaps of admin to focus on. Working in an office 9 to 5 could become daunting especially if there is heaps of administration. A person with ADHD sometimes cannot focus on one task. So I guess anything that doesn’t have a lot of routine.

  11. craftybegonia profile image60
    craftybegoniaposted 13 years ago

    It all depends. I know someone who, due to an accident lost coordination between hands and feet, and was mocked very cruelly in school for being so clumsy and being able to do sports. Day after day, that child threw a ball into the air and made himself to catch it with a mitt, until he could play sports like the rest of them! ADHD does not have to be an issue if the person is determined to handle it properly and to be useful in life.

  12. KobusD profile image60
    KobusDposted 13 years ago

    Hi, this is actually the topic of my blog.  I reviewed the comments made before and agree partially with what was said.  Suggest you navigate to www.adhdguidance.com for more information.  I am an adult with ADHD and have really had a succesful corporate IT career, ADHD was not a hindrance at all.  regards


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