Like most journalists, my inbox is loaded with press releases.
Like most journalists, I tend to delete each one.
But this subject line caught my eye: "Do you have Adult ADHD? 20 Tell-Tale Signs—Interview/Byline Opp"
Immediately, my mind started racing: OMG (my inner voice now texts me), what if I have adult ADHD? I get distracted a lot! Hold on. I should be writing webinar copy right now. Oh, shoot—I need to tweet an article from our health care website. I wonder when the FDA is going to release its social media guidelines. I really need to come up with something clever to say when people ask me my opinion about health care reform. Have I called Mom today?
Anyway, the press release listed 20 symptoms of a person with ADHD. I'm pretty sure most Raganites (including me) identify with at least half of these traits. For example:
- Organizationally challenged
- Difficulty being subtle
- Hyper-focused to the point of losing track of time
- Easily bored
- Naturally rebellious
- Addictive personality
- High energy
- Highly creative
- Good problem solver, innovator, inventor
- When interested love to learn, share and teach new things
I'm not stopping there. Because I consider myself "highly creative," I've come up with a list of 10 symptoms that could mean you have "office ADHD." And yes, I just made that malady up—screw you, medical community; I can't help it if I'm "naturally rebellious."
1. You haven't deleted an email since 2002. You have no Outlook folders. Who cares? You've got better things to do—but you can't remember any of them.
2. There's an alarm on your phone to remind you to eat lunch. You can't help it if you're more consumed with your work than a ham and Swiss on—hey, look, someone RT'd my blog link!
3. If your boss asks, "How high can you jump?" you say, "I don't like to jump. I'd rather do tai-chi."
4. When someone asks you what you did over the weekend, you scream, "It's none of your goddamn business!" and promptly throw coffee in their face. "Just another Monday," you mutter, as you scurry to the break room for a refill.
5. When you talk about your love of social media, it sounds like you're talking about your significant other. You dream in Instagrams.
6. Your co-workers think you have a severe bladder issue because you go to the restroom so much. You don't. You just can't sit in one spot for more than 12 minutes.
7. When someone approaches your cube, you can't listen. You're too busy blogging, pinning, and tweeting to deal with someone IRL.
8. You've decided you're going to hold a contest to send an employee to the moon. You send out this email, complete with a PowerPoint and logistical information to your team at 2 a.m. (Note: A version of this story happened at Ragan.)
9. All your best ideas come to you when you're not at your desk. For example, one of your most successful company events is referred to internally as, "The Toilet Bowl Summit." (Note: Again, referencing another true-life Ragan story.)
10. It's really hard for you to finish writing lists, so No. 10 tends to be kinda lame.
Do you have any symptoms you'd like to add?
Jessica Levco is coeditor of Ragan's Health Care Communication News.