Fashion Stylist, Head of Investor Relations for Commercial Real Estate
Kelly Dooley is a fashion stylist and head of investor relations for a commercial real estate company in California, to which she moved from New York City in June 2015. As a businesswoman, none of her days are the same, and that’s how she likes it. She says, “there’s not a 9 to 5 routine; that’s not the life I designed”.
Dooley has ADHD, but wasn’t diagnosed until fairly recently. She says that prior to her diagnosis, she “never really understood” herself, and learning that she has ADHD has benefited her greatly. She is vocal about her diagnosis because it is not something that is often associated with women, so it can be hard for them to get the kind of information and empowerment that they need. Dooley says, “It’s been great to be able to empower other women and really enable them to realize their worth and not feel like there’s something wrong with them because they’ve been labeled as someone with ADHD”.
Growing up, ADHD made it harder for Dooley to focus, but never affected her much beyond that. Academically, she never showed any indications of having ADHD. She says, “I always did very well in school, I’ve always been a perfectionist…I just had to work very hard. It didn’t come naturally to me.” Becoming an entrepreneur, however, did come naturally – both of Dooley’s parents were businesspeople, so she says, “it’s just in my genes.”
Having ADHD has actually helped Dooley out a lot in her career. Her work is all over the place, which would be understandably draining, but ADHD allows Dooley to “take on so many things at once, and thrive in each without one or the other suffering.” Dooley says, “I don’t even like calling it a ‘Learning Difference’ or a ‘Learning Disorder’. I think society likes to put people in boxes, but you can’t put someone in a box.” However, she says, “there’s always benefits to being different. It’s about embracing your differences, knowing your worth, and not being surrounded by people who are trying to label you as crazy.”
Dooley is very anti-medication, and although she has a prescription for Adderall, she rarely uses it. She likes to take a holistic approach to her remedies, and in the case of ADHD, says that it is mainly “a matter of not over-medicating yourself.” She says having a well-balanced diet and engaging in exercise is extremely beneficial. When she got her diagnosis, the doctors recommended a low-glycemic diet and lots of interval training, also known as HIIT, both of which she follows. Dooley also recommends the use of CBD oil from hemp. She has not personally tried it, but it has been shown to effectively weaken the effects of ADHD and anxiety.
For others with ADHD, Dooley says her advice is to “have a healthy diet, be active, surround yourself with positive, like-minded people who are not bullies, and to develop strong emotional strength and intelligence.” She says, “If you are able to deal with life and the problems that come along the way intelligently, you can pretty much do anything.”
To learn more about Kelly Dooley, go to her website at http://www.kellydooleyofficial.com