I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and it makes sense but I'm worried. If it was you, would you ever tell your boss you have ADD/ADHD?

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I wouldn’t say a word, not unless you want all your Adderall pillaged by the creative department.


It’s sad how much I reminisce about the good ole days when I could consume them like they were tic tacs. I turn into a pumpkin at 5pm now.


Honestly. View it as a strength. In the age of short-form content, we are marketing to an audience with the shortest attention spans ever in history. So you are literally an EXPERT and in the perfect field. Call BS on meetings that go on forever. Call BS on anything that doesn’t excite you. Because if it doesn’t keep your attention, there’s a high likelihood that it won’t keep John Doe’s attention who couldn’t care less about what your ad.


Absolutely. I work at Instagram. You get 10 seconds to tell your story.


Lots of us are. If your boss is David Lubars he’ll high five you and say welcome to the club. If you want to share it, I don’t think it would damage your career at all.


Thank you. I grew up in a family that didn't believe in therapy or I would have understood sooner. It's good to know there are bosses you would point to that would be happy to know.

Not sure why it would come up. If you shared as helping insight, providing new perspective, or helping another employee by sharing personal topic then do it.

Both my teenage kids have ADHD, but are quite different from one and other. Transitions from on thing to another can be more of a challenge for one. But both destroy a topic once they get into it and as a designer a great tool for details and bullshit meter. Sorry you learned so late but many good books on the topic.


I think there’s a plethora of creatives with ADHD. I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
Some of us are diagnosed and some of us are not.

I see valid reasons for both sides, but if it were me (like you asked), I play things like this close to the chest. I wouldn’t say anything unless I felt like I had to. What is there to gain if people know? What is there to lose if people know?

Once you have the answers to those questions, I’d make your decision based on how those weigh out.


That's a great way to look at it. No reason until there is a reason.

I was just diagnosed in December. I’m not sure I’m going to tell anyone (beyond my partner who has been calling me ADHD for years now). I will however start to protect my mental health more by giving myself a break when my quirks don’t align with “agency” norms. CD3, absolutely love your POV.


No. Unless you are 100%, absolutely sure they don’t care or you’re are such a badass they could never replace you.

Also, don’t worry too much. A lot of Creatives are. If your work is good and your performance is great in all other aspects it should not matter.

If it’s debilitating and compromises your performance then I guess you may have to.


Careful with the Adderall. Shit is a double edged sword.


Congrats on the diagnosis! I know that sounds weird, but it's nice to have a name for the thing going in your head, right?

As to your boss... not sure it would come up. If you're worried about taking meds and side effects affecting work, just mention you're on a new medication and may be off for a day or two while you level out.

Judge for yourself if your relationship with your boss is the sort where you want to tell them about what the meds are for.


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