Terminology: "ADD" became part of "ADHD" with the DSM-IV (we are now up to V). "ADD" is called "ADHD - Predominantly Inattentive Type," the thing you probably think of as "ADHD" is called "ADHD - Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Type," and there's a third type called "ADHD - Combined Type." These are all three "ADHD." The term "ADD" is typically used by people who have Inattentive Type, but it is also used as shorthand by people who have either of the other two types. If you think you have all three types, you probably actually have Combined Type, since the whole point of that label is to explain people who have symptoms of both of the other two types. [**We usually leave out the "Predominantly" part of the full name.**]
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I suppose it can help.
I definitely know the feeling of enjoying far too many things and being unable to choose just one or two to focus on. I eventually went back to my childhood and chose to focus on the things that I loved to do when I was little: writing and reading; music; animals. These don’t really combine into a single profession, but they give me a little more of a direction for my time than I had.
Lots of people struggle with this kind of thing, not just ADHDers. If you’re trying to figure out what kind of career to pursue, I recommend the book What Color is Your Parachute, by Dick Bolle. I’ve read it a few times (your local public library should have the most recent edition available) and find the chapter with the exercises (something about a flower picture) the most useful, since it takes you through determining your skills and interests and figuring out where they intersect.