As a doctor who treats ADHD, the topic of ADHD jobs is often a topic of conversation. While those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) can perform any job, they may be more suited or attracted to certain types jobs over others.
For example, some folks with ADHD, like my son, tend to grow quickly tired of jobs that require routine repetitive tasks.
Those who suffer from ADHD often easily grow bored with the mundane, so ADHD sufferers should should take this under consideration when seeking employoment.
On the other hand, some folks with ADHD have enormous abilities to remain hyper-focused and maintain attention for long periods of time which makes them perfect for such jobs. Such folks with ADHD are more rare, however, and in my experience a general rule of thumb is that folks with ADHD tend to dislike mundane routines.
Some adults with ADHD prefer jobs with constant or frequent action, little routine, and lots of creativity. These folks can make innovative contributions to mechanical repair or engineering, cooking/cuisine (creating a unique menu), adrenaline-producing jobs such as policing/firefighting, or perhaps exercising that abundant ADHD energy via being a physical trainer/dance instructor, or construction worker. These are all popular jobs for ADHD sufferers.
Also, some folks with ADHD make good teachers, particularly when helping to guide fellow ADHD sufferers through the challenges of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Becoming an ADHD coach enables those with ADHD to not only help and empower others, but to help and empower themselves.
Only those who suffer from ADHD can truly understand such a unique condition.
Similarly, by sharing your ADHD story with others you can potentially become a self-help expert and teach others about resilience and overcoming adversity.
This can potentially include creating self-help seminars, books, websites, television specials, who knows? You are only limited by your own imagination.
Remember: You Are Not Alone
If you become discouraged due to your condition, consider the following for a massive dose of inspiration: Many of the most successful, innovative, and richest people in history have suffered from ADHD.
These world-changers include Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, actors such as Robin Williams and Tom Cruise, and athletes such as Michael Phelps. They all suffer/suffered from ADHD. In fact, they even attribute their ADHD to contributing to their success.
Keep that in mind whenever self-doubt creeps in, or whenever a thoughtless person expresses prejudice or stigma directed at those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
There are no concrete rules with respect to ADHD and jobs. A person with ADHD can excel at any job. The bottom line is that everyone is different, each with unique skills and strengths. Ultimately, the most important factor is choosing a job that matches your individual skills, strengths, and interests.