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Sweepstakes: Win 3 ADDitude eBooks

Enter to win 3 ADDitude eBooks of your choice in our web site re-launch sweepstakes!

The ADDitude web site is brand new — and we’re celebrating by giving away eBooks to 5 lucky sweepstakes winners!

Enter to Win 3 ADDitude eBooks

To win 3 ADDitude eBooks of your choice, use the Comments section below to answer this question: What was your ‘Aha!’ moment? When did you know beyond a shadow of a doubt it was ADHD — in yourself, your child, or all of the above?

Deadline

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Rules

Only Comments posted using a valid email address will be considered valid entries. One entry per person. The editors of ADDitude will select five winners at random and notify the winners via email on or around May 15, 2017.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States or District of Columbia, age 18 or older. Entries must be received between 12:00:01 AM ET on 04/26/17 and 11:59:59 PM ET on 05/14/17. See Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor: New Hope Media, LLC.

Good luck!

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  1. I’ve always been the poster child for ADHD inattentive, but growing up, I followed my parents’ (and many people’s) beliefs that ADHD was made up by parents/teachers who wanted an easy way out. I was also pretty smart so I was able to get by through elementary and it wasn’t about 7th grade when I started having real issues. I did the thing where I’d have failing grades for the first half of the grading period then pull it up for the second half when my anxiety would peak due to failing grades. Around this time, my anxiety/depression started but I didn’t know enough to recognize it as more than stress and hormonal changes. By high school, I had finally had to drop some of my advanced level classes because my grades where so low. This backfired big time because the regular classes sometimes had more work and were way less stimulating, so I didn’t do nearly as well as I could have because I was constantly bored. I also lost several friends from my advanced classes and my self esteem took a big hit which contributed to my anxiety and depression. I had my first panic attack my junior year of high school and my doctor put me on antidepressants… I tried a few different ones and noticed no difference.

    After so many years of being told “i have so much potential but I’m lazy/unmotivated/just not trying hard enough,” I started to believe it. I continued to have issues through high school and college until I finally hit my breaking point my junior year of college when I decided to talk to a doctor about how I was worried my problems with focus and motivation would delay my graduation. She didn’t verbally diagnose me with ADHD, but prescribed medication for it. I still didn’t believe in ADHD or that I had it but the medication changed my life in a lot of ways. It felt like the constant fog in my head dissipated, I was not only motivated but optimistic about what I could accomplish, my brain felt lighter and faster, and my depression and anxiety lessened significantly. I felt like a better, happier person.

    Fast forward to years later after getting pregnant, stopping my medication, losing my job, going through PPD, having to fight my doctor to put me back on the medication so I could go back to work, and finally somehow ending up in a job as an administrative assistant to a brilliant ADHD Specialist. My “AHA” moment came my first few weeks on the job when I helped her score the ADHD assessments. The assessment seemed ridiculous to me because in my mind, no normal person could ever pass it and not come out ADHD. So when I couldn’t stand it any more, I finally blurted out “Isn’t everyone like this???” I could feel my face going red as she turned and looked at me with a knowing smile and said “Nope.” That’s when I knew.

  2. It was only recently that I figured out for sure that I have ADD. All my co-workers hand in there patients’ documentation on time and mine is always late month after month no matter how hard I try. The only time all the documentation gets done is the night before, spending all night working on it, all the while hating myself for doing this once again. My bedroom is always a mess. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get or keep my clothing organized, and when I attempt to do so, I start panicking and abandon the whole project. I’m almost never on time to anything whether it be hanging out with my friends, and events, work, appointments… I was even late to my own college graduation! And in terms of impulsivity, I definitely overspend and overeat even though afterwards so I’ll tell myself that I won’t do this again, it seems to keep happening again and again.

  3. As a child, I was diagnosed with ADD, my brother with ADHD, mother ADHD, and father ADD. Genetics set the game for us. So from the start, we had our own tribe of support. When I learned that people had a different mode of thinking, it didn’t make that big of a difference in school. I witnessed my brother plow ahead in the blunder years and I learned a great deal from him. I figured out what worked for him, could work for me and with slight modification, we found my key to succeed in school.
    Fast forward to parenthood with a neurotypical partner. When our son was diagnosed, it didn’t shock me at all. While he could spend hours in the floor playing with Legos and building complex structures on Minecraft, he found the structure of school to be quite difficult. It was a lot of deja vu and lots of familiar obstacles hitting us from all directions. He still hasn’t adapted to it but I do believe it’s only a matter of time and trial for him to figure it out. I think that my partner and I are a good team with our son because we have different sets of lenses to examine the issue from. We’ll support him in his quest to figure it out.

  4. I was diagnosed at age 51. It took some time to think through what the diagnosis meant. After educating myself & helpful therapist & nurse practitioner, the diagnosis was one of the best things to ever happen in my life. It took the mystery out of so much why I had always felt different and apart, and why my learning style was not like anyone else’s in high school, college, grad school, or law school.

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