Diagnosed ADD at Age 70


"I'm a 70-year-old single mother and former schoolteacher who was recently diagnosed with ADD. I'm also a breast cancer survivor and take Effexor for depression, but I feel very disorganized and unfocused. What do I do?"


You certainly are a survivor! You raised a family, in addition to having a career, while overcoming many challenges along the way. That tells me you have the abilities you need to deal with your current situation.

Continuing to seek medical advice and treatment for your depression is very important. It sounds like you have been in a caretaker role for much of your life and now that it is time to care for yourself, you may be at a loss for how to do that. Hiring a coach may help you decide where to start in getting organized and what needs to be done to accomplish that.

A coach can also help you decide what is most important to get focused on and support your efforts to create the structure you need to stay on track. You're never too old for coaching... my oldest client just turned 80 and continues to actively set goals for herself. She's awesome and I have a feeling you are too!

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.
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