Welcome today to Julia Caddick, music and drama teacher, choir director, song writer and poet who now runs a highly successful singing teaching and voice coaching business which has now extended to presentation workshops and more and will be talking today about being diagnosed with ADHD after 50.
Julia Caddick started her professional career teaching music and drama in an inner city comprehensive school in London. After six years of full time teaching, Julia went freelance and began directing choirs and singing groups and running workshops. Julia worked for the Unicorn Theatre for Children from 1988 to 1994 as composer & musician on their education & workshop team. Song-writing and poetry commissions followed, including for BBC Radio for Schools, and ITV’s ‘Havakazoo’. Since the late 1990s, Julia has developed a highly successful singing teaching and voice coaching business – work that she loves. The pandemic brought the space to undertake further training, and Julia seized the opportunity to train as a Coach. Nowadays, Julia’s work ranges from delivering Presentation Training workshops, to coaching clients in how to be an Animated Presenter, as well as her beloved singing teaching and vocal coaching.
Link to website: https://juliacaddick.co.uk
When did I first find out I had ADHD?
I was formally diagnosed with ADHD in 2020 – well past the age of 50!!! But I had always felt there was something different about me from other people I knew. I’d put it down to being an extrovert. I first read up on ADHD when I was trying to get my head around the challenges faced by a former partner of mine who I suspected might have undiagnosed ADHD (I am now even more convinced of it!) As I was reading, I kept recognising members of my family, particularly my dad in the descriptions. But I still didn’t suspect that I had it, until I had to work one afternoon a week in an office for a conducting contract I was doing. It was a nightmare! I couldn’t understand how anyone got anything done with all the distractions of the (very small) office environment. I simply didn’t know how to deal with all the different stimuli of other people coming at me whilst I was trying to work. I was also struggling with the email system, following through on checking up on the progress of DBS checks for helpers, etc. All systems related. It became blindingly obvious that there was a problem. It’s amazing how I’d managed to avoid an office environment up to then. I’ve always worked on my own, or away from other people, unless teaching or performing face to face. I read up more on ADHD and began to realise I may have it. I asked my GP to refer me, and I had to wait 2 years on a waiting list to be assessed. I have combined type ADHD – hyperactive and distractible.
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