Featuring Guest Blogger: Marquia Garcia
Hello, and welcome to my sob story (this is one of many).
Not only do I have ADHD, I am unemployed and I have been for about a year. I am a single parent and the only degree I possess is a PhD in Procrastinating, Anger and Day Dreaming. The first few months of unemployment went as so: take child back and forth to school, bike riding, job search, collect unemployment benefits, merrily stride through the park, window shopping, utter bliss. As the winter months slowly dragged on, I found myself falling out of love with my newfound freedom. I comforted myself with my literature habit, which is more like a drug (I’m a self proclaimed bibliophile), junk food, museum outings and the constant changing of my hairstyle. To no avail, I was without halt, slipping into an awful depression.
After much sleeping, eating and crying; I decided that this course of action was the most unhealthy and that I needed Adderall again (I stopped taking it when I stopped working). I regret to inform that I am one of those people with ADHD that absolutely cannot focus or complete the simplest task without the help of stimulant medication. I am now taking it daily as I fill out job application upon job application. I think I’ve completed about 379,854 applications in two weeks (yes, I exaggerate). Now I sit here and let my thoughts attack my mental well being like “What if they contact my previous employer and find out I have ADHD?” and “Will I be able to do this job, any job?”
I suppose the real reason why I’m writing this is for people without ADHD. I feel like those who don’t understand or constantly ridicule are the scariest people in the world. A person with ADHD can create enough doubt in their own minds, you’re not helping by questioning the validity of our mental ailment. Every single day of our lives is a struggle to accomplish the many seemingly uncomplicated tasks that you take for granted. We do not wish to be treated differently but we certainly don’t welcome the mockery backed by your ignorance to the subject. We’re trying, we really are. Now that I’ve concluded my informal plea for compassion to the masses…WHO’S HIRING?!
My name is Marquia Garcia. I’m a 28 year old single parent and aspiring writer. I grew up in southern Maryland. My only child status is one of the main reasons I’m an avid reader. I thoroughly enjoy visiting various museums and discovering new bookstores. Discovering my ADHD has helped me to gain knowledge on the subject itself and has also helped me to discover myself and improve my relationships with others.