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by ADDitude Editors
Personal Stories of Diagnosis
The "aha" moment of diagnosis is a long time coming for many with the condition. Here ADDitude readers share when they realized -- and how they felt afterwards. Tell your story by leaving a comment.>>
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Kris says, "It is a real medical condition. Children who have it often have to struggle with many obstacles at school and at home because of the condition. I think the worst struggle is the constant criticism from family, friends, and sometimes strangers about their behavior."
Joyce says, "That ADD does not impact intelligence! As an unemployed ADD teacher of ADD students, I'm tired of parents and teachers telling me that they prefer 'smart' kids rather than ADD ones."
Jennifer says, "I consider myself to be a GOOD parent for recognizing that my child was struggling and needed help! He is a sweet, smart little boy and I would not trade him for anything!"
Diane says, "As [an] adult over 50, who was just diagnosed with ADHD just 4 years ago, I wish the people of the non-ADHD world would quit trying to fix all of our symptoms of the disorder and try working on their own faults instead."
Krystal says, "I wish people/teachers would recognize that ADHD symptoms reach far beyond the stereotypical behaviors most people associate with it (ie disruptive behavior, poor grades). There are a wide range of symptoms that kids struggle with including subtle social difficulties that the schools seem to overlook and disregard. I also wish doctors would trust a parent's intuition/observations when they sense something is going on with their child."
Renee says, "I wish the non-ADHD world understood attention deficit to be a true disability just like blindness, deafness, paralysis, etc. And that they wouldn't expect us to function in the same manner that they do. Not that we are unable to accomplish; most of us are very talented and intelligent. It's just that we do things quite differently. We HAVE to do them differently! We have to compensate, much the same way those with other types of disabilities do."
How are you celebrating?
Becky on Facebook tells us, "by not losing my patience more than 1 time a day. :)"
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