The Many Faces of ADHD - Steven's Profile

Eileen Bailey Health Guide

    At age 25, Steven was running out of jobs. He had already worked for more fast food restaurants than he cared to count, most of those by the time he was 20. Since then, Steven has worked all kinds of jobs, from factory work to cleaning offices. All of them lasted, in his good cycles, from 6 months to a year. In his bad cycles, jobs could come and go in a matter of a couple of weeks.


    Steven was diagnosed with ADHD around the age of 10. He took stimulant medication for a while, but in his late teens he found that it would trigger bipolar mania and he doesn't take it now. His bipolar is pretty much under control, he still has mood swings and goes through periods of depression, but for the most part, he feels the moods have stabilized.

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    Now Steven tries to manage his ADHD through behavioral strategies but he finds it very difficult. He likes using lists and states they work pretty well, until he loses the list and has to start all over. He makes use of the alarm on his cell phone and sets it when he has a doctor's appointment or somewhere he needs to be. Sometimes he enlists the help of friends or family to remind him when something is really important.


    He is late for work often and that is one of the main reasons he tends to go through jobs pretty quickly. However, Steven has discovered that 2nd shift work is much better for him and seems to work better with his own internal clock. From now on, he is going to stick with jobs that start in the afternoon. This way he doesn't oversleep and still has time to enjoy time with his friends after work.


    Life has always had more bumps for him than for his friends. He barely passed high school and didn't have the grades or the motivation to go to college. So he drifts from one job to another, sometimes the depression gets the best of him and he just gives up, but most times he is ready to start again and believes that this time he can make it work.


    Steven can see the difference in himself over the past few years. He is starting to look toward the future instead of living just for today. He is searching for ways to help manage the symptoms of ADHD where once he just didn't care. He is finding that as he grows out of young adult and moves toward adult, his thinking process has changed, for the better, he thinks.


Published On: February 24, 2008