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Got a “dope” tattoo #ADHD #neurodivergence

I got this after losing my Mom two years ago. She was 59 and me being an only child it hit hard. Sometimes the feeling of a tattoo just feels good and I wanted to get something meaningful.

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Forgetfulness as a Gift | Tiny Zebra Notes

Let’s hear it for us awesome #neurodivergents who gift ourselves with surprises because we easily forget! That’s one of many upsides of being someone with frontal lobe and executive function deficit disorder and multi factorial
#ADHD (inattentive type), I don’t always remember the productive things I’ve done until I stumble across it later on. It makes the stumbling feel less like a distraction and more of a purposeful discovery. What will you accidentally gift yourself today?
#neurodivergence #Neurodiversity #MentalHealth #executivefunctiondeficitdisorder #PTSD #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #FrontalLobeDeficit #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #InappropriateSinusTachycardia #AutonomicDysfunction #ChronicPain #TinyZebraNotes

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Been There, Forgot That! | Finding Humor in the Forgetfulness

The cognitive function struggles when your #RareDisease causes brain fog and #neurodivergent disorders poses difficulty in remembering can be extremely frustrating. But don’t see this as a personal flaw - you are not to blame #neurodivergentzebra

The next time your neurological and physical conditions are contending for your brain power, imagine each one as two cartoon characters. Next, visualize them playing tug of war for your brain. Let them play their silly game and imagine yourself walking right past them. This will send those characters a visual message that you’re not going to give them any more of your time or energy.

Back in the physical world, consider keeping a notebook or to-do list handy so that, as those random tasks come up you can immediately write them down - checking them off later on is oh-so satisfying! You got this 💪

#Neurodiversity #neurodivergence #ADHD #PTSD #OCD #executivefunctiondeficit #BrainFog #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #EDS #RareDisease #Anxiety #PanicDisorder

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Looking for resources for routine building & management.

I'm hoping to create a presentation on routine creation & maintenance for the neurodivergent support group I run on campus. Does anyone have any good resources & or advice they would be willing to share? #ADHD #Autism #neurodivergence #Neurodiversity #NonverbalLearningDisability #MentalHealth

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Is this to be expected with a new job?

For background, I have nonverbal learning disability (disclosure went amazingly well), life-long anxiety, and depression that started at puberty (managed very well on medication) and was in therapy, but haven't been in almost 3 years; my last appointment was January 2020, and Covid hit in March, and I haven't felt the need to go back.

I started my new job about 6 weeks ago, and suddenly, things I thought I had mostly worked through years ago, are being triggered like crazy. I've already cried twice and almost a 3rd time, which hasn't happened over "little" things since I started meds back in 2017 (with the rare exception around PMS, which is not a factor this time). One of those was a big thing, but the other wasn't, and today, a completely innocent comment from my favorite manager sent me spinning. I went on medication about a month before I was hired at my last job, which I had for almost 5 years, and the management styles were very different.

I can't tell if this is a typical part of the adjustment period, increased stress, learning curve, new everything etc. if it means this job isn't a good fit, I just need to go back to therapy (which I probably should anyway), or if I need to consider a medication adjustment. I know only I can figure it out, but thoughts? #Disability #Depression #Anxiety #neurodivergence #Employment

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2nd Day was A LOT better

Somehow I ended up being the only employee scheduled late with two managers and the security guard. I literally did the same thing the entire time, which I'm totally fine with, I got to leave early because the one manager had been there for 15 hours and was ready to leave. I impressed them both with how much I managed to get done, told them about my almost 5 years of experience and the story of why I quit, disclosed my disability (which went amazingly well), and let him know I would not be great on a register, but was interested in full-time, if it's still an option. And he said not to feel bad about Friday, it was a chaotic mess and he didn't know what the heck was going on either. I'll be much better when we open and I know what I'm walking into and doing every day, but my nerves are pretty much gone. #Depression #Anxiety #Disability #neurodivergence #Employment


I'm Employed Again

Orientation Wednesday morning assuming the background check goes through in time. And it was the one I was hoping for. But, they're already pulling bait and switch. Why post full-time openings if you're not hiring full-time employees?! Instead, we have to "earn" said full-time since there aren't that many FT positions. And the pay is a lot lower than I had hoped. But, it's a job and worst-case scenario, I can keep looking. #Anxiety #Depression #neurodivergence #Disability #Employment #Employment


I can't tell how they're going anymore

I keep telling my mom, who drives me to all these interviews, not to ask me how it went. Because most of the time, I literally have no idea. #neurodivergence is a b**** in that way, I guess the lack of offers is the answer. But, there's probably more to it. I had one today that I think went okay. The store is not the type I usually frequent AT ALL, so it would take some time to adjust. But, I would take an offer. Waiting to hear back about scheduling one that would be a better fit, but there are no guarantees. I've been ghosted at all stages. It's exhausting. #Depression #Anxiety #Employment


Feels like I'm never going to work again

I've been unemployed for 9 weeks now, plenty of interviews, no offers. The longer I go without a job, the harder it's going to be to get one and I'm actually running out of options. I look daily and all I see are jobs I'm not qualified for, jobs that pay below what I'm willing to accept with 5 years of experience, or companies that have already rejected me. I'd give up, but I can't afford to. I'd go back to vocational rehab, but they were less than useless the first time. They aren't going to do anything I'm not already doing. I can't blame myself because I had no choice but to quit my job. If I hadn't I would've been fired anyway. Now I'm stuck in an impossible situation and I'm OVER it. #Depression #Anxiety #neurodivergence #Employment #Disability