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Reading: What developers with ADHD want you to know

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Installed Ruby on the most recent EndeavourOS 1 install so I could run my script that adds a post to my site’s primary Hugo iteration as I work on a Gatsby iteration of the site so I can convincingly claim knowledge of React 2 when talking to recruiters during this year’s interminable job search so I can get a new job and maybe get back on ADHD meds and maybe occasionally focus on one thing at a time and — um — where was I?

Oh right! I saw an interesting post!

In fact, ADHD is an invisible disability, which is exactly what it sounds like: “a physical, mental or neurological condition that is not visible from the outside, yet can limit or challenge a person’s movements, senses, or activities” (Invisible Disabilities Association). Plenty of forms of neurodivergence, including autism spectrum disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and learning differences can be considered invisible disabilities.

What developers with ADHD want you to know - Stack Overflow Blog

It’s not in-depth or anything, but offers a little pushback to the “ADHD is a superpower” myth. That myth is handy for the occasional self-help pep talk — “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And gosh-darn it, this funky brain wiring is a superpower!” — but it’s not true. The self-awareness and arsenal of coping techniques like task automation can look impressive to the untrained eye.

Those only give roughly the same functionality as a normal person going about a normal day. And oh goodness if you’re in a context where those techniques aren’t helpful? You’ve got unpartitioned tasks with a poorly defined goal that is important and kinda urgent, but stretched over months?3 The floundering.

And let’s not even get into the Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) aspect.

Anyways the dog needs to go out and I should probably eat breakfast and I think I mentioned something about React. Back to it!

And maybe check email.

  1. because I accidentally killed my Windows install and haven’t had sufficient executive function to fix it ↩︎

  2. I’ve used React at work some, but my brain needs the ritual of incorporating a tool or framework into my site building work flow before it’ll let me say “yes I know that” ↩︎

  3. like job hunting for example ↩︎

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Added to vault 2024-01-15. Updated on 2024-02-01