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The Best Type of Jobs for Adult ADHD


I currently have ADHD (although I prefer the old term ADD as my problem is inattentiveness)

I currently have a desk job staring at a computer screen all day with just a 45 min break. I’m so bored and mentally and physically exhausted even though all I did was sit.

Any one else experience this? Anyone found a job that you ended up loving despite your ADHD? I currently work in the medical field (medical biller)

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I am a college student so I also have long periods of sitting still attempting to focus. Are you able to take your break in chunks? I find that smaller more frequent breaks are more helpful than a single large break. If you could break your break up, take, for example, three 10-minute breaks and a 15-minute break, it might help. Also if you get up an move around when you do take a break. Rather than just doing something else on the computer, do something off the computer.

I also find that a trip to the bathroom when I really can't focus can help clear my mind. Just don't overuse this one.

Also, if you are allowed, sitting on one of those exercise ball chairs might help. If you aren't allowed to use that a chair that moves easily and quietly or a seat cushion that allows you to fidget in your seat can also work. Having a fidget toy to play with on your desk might help as well unless you are constantly typing.

I don't know much about what jobs are available in the medical field but I would look into something that would put you more out on the floor, moving around. Something with more critical thinking less 'do as you're told.' ADHDers are often bad at the whole "sit down, shut up, do as your told," ordeal. That's often why we struggle in school despite being plenty smart enough.

Anyway, I hope that helps!

Most schools will accomadate for your restlessness due to add.You need proof from a doctor at least. I returned to college and was an A student.Before that I got c's. They had a program to help us .I was able to tape every class, they also allowed someone to share their notes with me. I was allowed to get up and walk around if I needed to. They had tutors available if needed. i went to JFK University inPleasant hill or one of their campuses. Hope this helps, it has been about 13 years since I finished. I am sure they have updated their practices by know

I also work a desk job that allows for little physical activity. I recommend taking a 5 minute break to walk to the bathroom (between the regularly scheduled breaks) and stretch- move around a little while in there. The sitting and following rules is difficult but maybe you could daydream a little while you're doing your duty. Hope this helps somehow.

Same. I have a sitting job where I read all day. Not interesting reading either. I literally collapse in bed as soon as I get home from exhaustion. I also have issues with getting in trouble for talking and being distracting. I wish I had known about my ADHD when I was in college. I would have definitely gotten a different major.

I don't know if this will be helpful, but I have had two main roles in the same field. One role was very much crisis driven, conflict resolution, deadlines, dealing with aggressive clients etc. It was very high pressure and unpredictable.

The other was more of a desk job- processes, data, developing, planning, implementing etc. Really it was 'easier' and a lot less pressure.

However, I have ADHD and I feel like I was much more capable in the chaotic role.

I feel like the high pressure job was more my forte- I can perform well under pressure and can think quick in responding to a volatile situation, but on the other hand, make me sit down and compile a report for an hour and it takes all my ability to apply myself and get it done.

I wonder if this is typical for others who have ADHD -whether others find that a mundane job is often much harder to achieve in compared to a more 'challenging' high pressure role?

Maybe if you could look into a role that is a bit more responsive and frontline- like could you work in the emergency department of a hospital etc? I find that if I'm interested and stimulated by something my inattentiveness kind of disappears, but when I have to read boring details about some process I cant help but blank out and forget what I just read (3 times)..

Ohhh i so can relate. I did a work history and found the same thing, I NEED stimulation or I feel like I am falling asleep. I struggle to focus, yet when i am under pressure I can be two different people. I so would love to learn more about jobs for us that work. I still remember being a team waitressing. When I was busy, I was amazing, when it slowed down, I would forget my one table. Who knew. I am at a cross road work wise so as I am just learning about this, i really want to choose wisely!

I have inattentive type as well, and I work in software development. The team I'm currently on is small, four friendly people. We play ping pong almost every day at lunch, and it has made a huge difference. Getting in some enjoyable exercise every day is really helpful for me. I also do a little yoga sometimes at breaks.

I am a waiver service provider, being able to come up with activities and expressing creativity has been such a gift. I’ve worked in the office before and my light dim. I also was making huge mistakes so I left the job cause I was stressed out. But working with children and working on creativity is such a blessing.

I’m also ADD inattentive type and prefer to call it the old fashion way because people USUALLY don’t understand

Fo me, computers are great BUT only when I am doing things i enjoyed. It works because it is continually changing and I love to learn. One thing leads to another idea or fact.etc...

Yes I relate so much! I have had several desk jobs in medical office settings and the only part about them that I liked and did well with was working with the patients that came in. They loved me and loved visiting with me and my bosses liked that aspect. However even though I tried so hard my attention to detail was always lacking, I made silly mistakes and I would get soooo bored. I got fired a couple times. This was so frustrating and hard on my self esteem! I am a cosmetologist by trade and it’s hard for me to work on my feet all day so I was trying to make the desk job situation work out especially since I support myself. I finAlly decided to go back to my trade even if it was only part time. I love it and I’m great at it which helps boost my self esteem. The part of my brain that works creatively combined with my love of working with people and my free spirit allows me to thrive in this environment and surprisingly I can focus extremely well on what I’m doing. I still have to deal with some inattentive mishaps but not near as often and found a lot of my coworkers have similar situations so there is less judgement. I have found it’s important to find what you are passionate about and excel in and stay In your lane . I think a lot of us are very creative and hospitality minded. 🖤


I would not be able to stay on task. I have lost five jobs in the last seven months. I seem to work with employers who do not know how to deal with an individual with ADHD. I am intellegent but right now I have a hard time focusing and keeping on task. One step to the other is a mission and I seem to be in an environment that does not know how to work with me. I forget things(steps) too.

I've been a service engineer for 13years and driving all day all over Scotland fault finding repairing and maintaining various electro mechanical fluid systems has been great outside and use the multiple thoughts for fault finding every day different.

Also can't recommend the great outdoors greenage therapy and dog or cat

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