on May 1, 2021
As many members know, I am challenged with ADHD, which I did not discover that I had until I was almost 30 years old and well past graduate school and law school. I have found that many in our profession are similarly afflicted. I have served as an instructor in CLE’s on this topic for this Bar and hope to do a follow-up on the topic in the future. With that said, one of the challenges that comes with ADHD is that one’s mind tends to operate very much like a television set constantly changing channels and weirdly at the same time, one’s mind can hyperfocus on something so fiercely that any actions or activity going on around the object of focus can be totally blocked out. Also, those of us with ADHD have an underlying level of pent-up energy that lends itself well to the engagement of trial work or high-pressure contract negotiation. So, as one can imagine, at the end of each day, every day, those of us with ADHD generally have to spend some time settling down and reflecting upon the activities of the day. This helps to recenter us and refocus us as we move forward and candidly, doing this makes it easier to fall asleep in the evening.