I hope I can express my thoughts concisely here
Because I'm having a hard time sorting out exactly what I'm looking for in terms of help or information.
Anyway....I don't have ADD. I always did very well in school, and was able to focus on projects and get my work done. Procrastinated at times, and sometimes had trouble getting papers started, but I think that in itself can be common. And I generally had great grades.
However, in the past few years, since I became a mother, my brain has become more scattered....simply because it IS between work and kids and other responsibilities. But I've been reading lately on ADD more as an academic interest, yet feel like I can relate to several of the difficulties...
-When I'm cleaning the house, I can rarely stay focused on cleaning one room at a time. I may go to put away some folded clothing in the bedroom, then start cleaning the bedroom before I finish the laundry. Or start "generally tidying" the whole house and not completing even one room
-Frequently running behind schedule for things.
-When we travel downstate to see family, it's so overwhelming for me to pack. We never seem to have an organized departure no matter how much I try to plan and get things ready early.
-Used to lose my keys or wallet a lot, but I've been very careful with this and it's gotten better
-Whenever I transition into a new job, the application process is very overwhelming Organizing copies of my degrees and certifications and transcripts, etc. keeping track of legal paperwork such as birth certificates, etc.
-trouble keeping track of paying my bills
-easily flustered and stressed out
-doesn't deal well with frustration
-low self esteem <----I think these two relate more to my general uprbringing though
-hypersensitive to criticism
So, anyway, what I'm trying to say is that I don't think i have ADD, but I can relate to some of the difficulty processing priorities, managing time. At work I do well with patient care but feel so unmotivated to write the patient notes. And generally feeling overwhelmed with some of the basic processes and routines of life.
And I'm wondering if this is where some of my continued anxiety comes from, why I'm not as far along as I feel I should be at this point in my treatment. My anxiety treatment per se hasn't focused on increasing my organizational methods and maybe that does need to be involved. perhaps reading up on some organizational techniques can be helpful. At the end of the days.....I thought I was disorganized because i was anxious. Instead, maybe one of my anxiety triggers is my disorganization. certainly something to think on!
Any thoughts or similar experiences are welcome. Especially if you've some good articles/books to suggest :)