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Overcoming Heredity With Help
"My mom is bipolar and my father has ADD and depression as well as schizophrenia. I want to be a productive member of society. How can I help myself overcome this? Should I see a doctor who specializes in ADHD?"
Your local CHADD chapter will have a list of professionals who are AD/HD knowledgeable. Also check out ADDConsults.com for resources near you.
You are on the right track looking for someone who has experience working with ADHD individuals. That is paramount. Be sure to join a support group, so you do not feel alone in your struggles to succeed. It is important to have support and know that you have friends in your life that care about your success and understand your challenges.
You have a great attitude and certainly a tremendous desire to move beyond the limitations of your ADHD. Hold on tight to that desire and I am sure you will move forward. Take things one step at a time, continuing to meet each challenge one by one, and you will be surprised at how far you can go. Your attitude to do well already makes you a productive member of society in my book!
Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.