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Sunday, May 14, 2017


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322 Comments & Reviews

  1. I first knew my daughter had ADHD when she could not speak in complete thoughts without pacing back and forth. It is the only way she can focus long enough to organize her thoughts.

  2. I knew when I was in nursing school and I decided to do a research paper on ADHD. It had us take the online test and mine came out 99%!! My daughters then took it answering it as what they saw in me and it also came out 99%. I went to a Psychologist and was diagnosed. I look back at my childhood and hear that horrible clock ticking on the wall in school and remember using my fingers to ice skate on my desk and the teacher yelling at me to pay attention. My LPN year was a struggle always re-reading everything 10 times and still not understanding. Then my RN year was a breeze because I had gotten regulated on Adderall and it has helped so much. It is so much harder for others to understand what we are going through and why we do what we do.

  3. ADHD runs in my husband’s family. We always kept our eyes open to the possibility. When my oldest son was around 4-5 years old we knew he needed to be tested. He attended an all day preschool. He was very bright, but was behind socially and emotionally. He was very impulsive. He could tell you the rules before and after it happened but in the moment he couldn’t control himself. He was also easily distracted and could not focus on a task that was given to him. We were able to be enrolled in an ADHD study with our local children’s hospital around the same time. He was also recommended to be further tested. He went from there to see a children’s psychologist who had him diagnosed with ADHD.

  4. I had a job as an IT professional at a small financial firm. I knew the backups weren’t working, but being scattered I never fixed them. The server drive died and all the email was lost. We didn’t have a backup. There was a court case involved and the partners had to go to the judge and say they lost all email related to the case….THEY DIDN’T fire me!!! I was tested and diagnosed and started Concerta in the next month! 12 years, later I still work there!

  5. I was sitting at the doctor’s office, waiting for a consultation for severe insomnia.
    To stop myself falling off the chair with exhaustion I reached for the nearest reading-matter.
    Rather than the usual glossy magazine my groping hand found a booklet – on adult ADD.
    Out of curiosity I read it, and found myself writ large and clear on every page.
    My jaw must have dropped – certainly a large penny dropped, as all the numerous lonely struggles of my long life were explained.

  6. More than 25 years ago, my son’s teacher approached me about suspecting he was ADHD. I thought she was “too old” to be a 2nd grade teacher. Then the school social worker approached me with concerns and I asked to have him moved from the “old” teacher’s classroom. I agreed to talk to a doctor before a move was made. He diagnosed my son as ADHD and prescribed Ritalin. I told the teacher, but didn’t give him the medicine, to see if it might have been a perception problem. Then a week later I gave him a dose of ritalin. The school social worker called that night to say she noticed I tried the medicine that day. I waited a couple more weeks then tried a dose again. She called again that night. I asked her how she figured it out. She told me that my son would run to the door of the classroom every time she walked down the hall to see who was out there and to say “hello”. He did not run to the door each of those days. He was able to resist the distraction. We owe so much to those caring professionals that were gentle but persistent as I worked through the grief process with this diagnosis. My son is a wonderful father now, working through these issues with his children and I shared this story with him to help him along with the process.

  7. I homeschool my kids and I knew there was something different about my daughter when my younger son started school and things seemed to come so much easier for him. Up to that point, I had thought that my daughter’s academic struggles were the normal struggles of a 4-year old and then 5-year old. The year my son started homeschooling, I realized my daughter had been having a harder time than she should have had and I began researching her symptoms. I found an online Vanderbilt scale (before that I had NO idea what that even was!) and she met all the markers for the ADD section (no hyperactivity, though). My eyes were opened and I felt so validated. I was not crazy! It was my Aha moment and the moment I began to understand and implement strategies. Life changing!

  8. We figured out my daughter had ADD when she was in grade school. At the end of every term the teacher would send home a note saying she had not completed many of her assignments even though we had been asking her if she was behind. She would say no and the teachers were no help at all. Finally after much difficulty we took her to a psychologist and psychiatrist after that. She was diagnosed with ADD and much to my wife and I’s surprise, we realized we have had it all of our lives as well. We have just learned to deal with it through a variety of coping mechanisms.

  9. When at six years old, my daughter flew into a rage and kicked another child in the head, who had accidentally fallen on her while they were jumping on a trampoline. It was the third or fourth in a line of recent aggressive outbursts. And they all came from seemingly out of nowhere. My daughter is kind and compassionate and generous- she is not angry or vindictive and yet when someone enters her space even on accident she reacts before she thinks. She did not present as I typically thought about ADHD- wired constantly, unable to sit still, but she would have angry outbursts where she didn’t even know what had happened until long after the event was over. I had been divorced from her father, who has ADHD, for seven years. But it wasn’t until the night of the trampoline that it hit me like the kick in the head she delivered to that poor child. This- this is what she has. She does have ADHD- she is also gifted which gives her a 2ediagnosis and her own set of unique challenges and abilities.

  10. Sadly, I realized I had ADHD when at one point this past summer every aspect of my life (marriage; work; relationships, kids, extended family and friends; health; and mental stability) was all crashing and burning at the same time. I was 42 and totally out of control of my life. I knew I had dyslexia, and social issues as a kid but had always found a way to come out of the tough spots. Then I found myself in the “where do I start?” syndrome. I was incredibly frustrating. I have excellent Healthcare benefits and live in the 5th largest city in the US and it was nearly impossible to find a provider who both a.treated adult ADHD and b. accepted health insurance. it took me a month to find a Psychiatrist to for medical management and a month and a half to find a Psychologist near by the took my insurance and “treated adult ADHD.” After not really progressing much over the following 8 months I finally found a wonderful group with both Psychology and Psychiatry under the same room and have gotten more in the 1st 2 months from them than in 8 months with the other team. I’m still a work in progress but there is a light shining for me in the distance.

  11. At my previous job, I had gotten in trouble twice for making simple errors on work and it left me feeling humiliated and confused because I couldn’t explain what was going on with me. I was always good at my job and considered a great employee. I eventually left the job and moved on to a new company. On the second day of the new job, I was hit was devastating news that my brother was dying. It was hard for me to focus, I was daydreaming a lot, afraid to try new things at work and procrastinating on even the simplest assignments. I felt hopeless. Shortly after my brother’s passing, the manager felt she was left with no choice but to give me a written warning and improvement plan for my behavior, and suggested I see someone for my emotional pain. I told a therapist that I thought I may have ADD after reading several articles and books, but she shrugged it off and focused more on my grief and depression. My gut told me I needed to find a second opinion. After seeing a psychiatrist and going through an evaluation, it turns out I was right. I was prescribed Adderall and Lexapro for depression. Although grief certainly did impact me, there were things going on since childhood that suddenly made sense. Procrastination, messiness, forgetfulness and constantly losing items, difficulty making decisions, making small mistakes, daydreaming, low self esteem… those were symptoms that I’ve endured my whole life but decided it was just who I was and nothing would change. It has been over a year since my diagnosis and with medication, healthy diet and exercise and lots of support, I have improved drastically at home and work and even got a promotion two months ago.

  12. I knew that my son had ADD without a shadow of a doubt when he tried to shave his ear. For the most part, he was alway a little behind and he seemed distracted but I never thought it was ADD. I had taken him to his pediatrician and she prescribed meds, I was not sure the diagnosis was correct so, I did not give it to him. But, that day I knew! He had been told not to touch things in the bathroom when he took a shower. I knew it was an impulse that he could not control. That day I started giving him his medication. All I could think about was “What if he had deeply cut hi beautiful face?’ I knew then it was ADD and I have not looked back since.

  13. My aha moment was a result of one of the worst days of my life. On September 11, 2001 I lost my big brother and my best friend. I was told he was last seen carrying a wheel chair bound woman down the stairs in the second tower to be hit. He ensured his entire staff was in front of him going down the stairs. He was the last out of his offices. Somewhere around the 65th floor he stopped to help this woman. His entire staff escaped but him.
    One month, one day later I had a heart attack. They said it was probably due to my brother’s loss.
    My cardiologist required all his patients to be also treated by a psychologist. After the second session he asked if I had ever been diagnosed with any disabilities. When I asked why, he said he thought I had ADD. But I didn’t bounce around, I wasn’t impulsive. The psychologist explained what ADD was. And – BOOM – everything made sense. Why I tested high on IQ but struggled to maintain a C average. Why I waited until the last second to even start projects. Why I did so well under pressure but could barely survive normal life.
    16 years later and I am still working hard to understand my ADD. It isn’t a disability, it is me and I am DAMN proud of who and what I am.

  14. I suspect my 9yo daughter has inattentive ADHD. I have had her screened twice and tested. She has Auditory Processing Disorder but holds it together in school so the surveys come back negative for ADHD in school. I do tons of accomodations for her at home and constantly have to keep on her to complete tasks and stay on track. Constant redirection, reteaching and refocusing.

  15. Such great stories and experiences above. Thank you everyone for sharing.

    I was confounded with my young son’s extreme emotions. Since he was a baby he easily became enraged. Yet, when nothing was bothering him, he was exceptionally kind and thoughtful. However, he had a really hard time transitioning from one task to the next, and was totally stubborn about anything that he did not want to do. He said “No” to just about everything. It was so exhausting and caused me to question my parenting skills.

    I was especially frustrated that he would often completely ignore me when I spoke to him or asked him questions. Then I realized my husband had a bad habit of doing the same thing,but I suspected it was not merely learned behaviour. While researching more about my young son’s behaviour, I discovered that it matched a lot of ADHD symptoms. When I learned that it can be hereditary, I realized that not only did his dad also have a lot of ADHD symptoms, but his dad’s mother did too! This explained so much. All three have consistently behaved in very challenging ways, which I believe has even taken a toll on my own mental health. Understanding that it is a cognitive issue — and not mere rudeness or uncaring — has given me a lot more patience with them.

    As a result of my understanding, I have been able to give my son better support using more positive approaches, and finally after a year or so was able to convince my husband to get help, which has resulted in a much happier and healthier relationship between us and less stress in the whole family. So far no progress with the grandmother though!

  16. I have a 30 yr old daughter with ADHD, and a 10 yr old son that has it as well. Being in my 50’s I’ve always been told and treated for Depression and Anxiety (I have a child and 2 sisters with Mental Illness) My Aha!!!!!! moment was just a few days ago, watching an organizing video on Youtube (ALWAYS trying to get organized!!!!) She was describing what her life challenges were with ADHD, well really she was describing MY LIFE challenges. Raising children that have ADHD, I am very knowledgeable about. I don’t know why I never saw it in myself, and why didn’t anyone else!! But it was all there, trouble with jobs, relationships (my husband is a saint!) ALWAYS being late, losing things,no focus, too much focus, will sit and do my favorite hobby for hours and hours, tuning out everything! I wonder what path my life would have taken if I knew (and been treated) that I have ADHD. I have an appointment with a Doctor, bet I can guess what he’s going to say!!!

  17. I was in my late 40’s and in a psychiatrist office for medication changes. I was worrying about the stresses of a new job when he suggested a test for adult ADD. Going through the questions I started having repeated lightbulb moments. Being called “airhead” in school, multiple people (teachers,bosses,my mom) criticizing me for lack of focus and not staying on task. Being told I was “too thorough” and “overthinking” things. Getting frustrated with myself for not getting various small jobs at home accomplished and a hundred other things. Finally all these puzzle pieces fit. It’s still a struggle but therapy and ritalin have helped me manage better.

  18. I knew my twins had ADHD before their first well-baby check!! They have older siblings who have ADHD. I told the doctor that my daughter had ADHD-Hyperactive/Impulsve type and my son had the Inattentive type. She looked at me and laughed saying that if I were any other parent, she would think I was nuts…. Sure enough, by first grade both were prescribed medication!

  19. My first moment was when I looked around my house and saw how many projects i had started that weren’t finished and even after that I still started more. Thinking back to when I was younger and checking symptoms of ADD it was like a light bulb went off and I was like “Well duh, no wonder!!”. I was later dignosed with ADD, Anxiety & Depression.

  20. I was in my late 40’s, sitting in my therapist’s office grumbling about all the things about myself I didn’t like. She looked at me (her a-ha moment!) and said, “That sounds like ADD.” After all the years of seeing her and my success in school (I had gotten a master’s degree a few years earlier) that might negate the possibility, her conclusion explained so much! I still have problems accepting that I have it and I am stubborn about changing my daily habits to accommodate the ADD. But the more I read and the more she points out, I know that ADD is alive and well in me and would love to run my life! Sadly, as I age, some of the associated behaviors become more obvious and I am less able to cover them up. I will truly believe I have ADD yet!

  21. My “Aha” moment with my daughter was when she was in the 3rd grade and she was struggling with division and would show all her work accurately in the process, however she would loose focus at the end of the division problems over and over and come up with the wrong answer. I asked the teacher to seat my daughter to the front of the class and asked the teacher how often she was not focused or out of her seat for the 1st half of the day before lunchtime. Teacher reported she had gone to the restroom in the class, 7 times. Medically, she did not have any need or problems to use the restroom, she just needed to move. We had her evaluated by a Pediatric Psychiatrist and Conner’s completed and she has received medicinal support of Concerta and also got accomodations via an IEP under Otherwise Health Impaired when she needed a “quiet place” to complete her tests. She has been doing great.

  22. I first knew my son had ADHD when he could not do his homework without moving in his seat and getting up every 10 minutes, pacing back and forth. He was diagnosed when he was 5, and his symptoms were very hard to control, so we have to put him on medication. Now he is doing much better, and he learn how to control his impulses. He uses the fidget cube and the stress ball at school and at home.

  23. I was a newly certified teacher taking my Special Education Part I. We took the ADHD test as if we were the student. Of 35 questions, 33 explained me perfectly (either now or as a young child (less hyperactivity)). I used to say I was so ADHD that my picture was in the DSM-IV…up to TR!

  24. When the marriage counselor asked if my husband had ever been checked for ADD the light bulb clicked on! I was familiar with all the symptoms, but I work with children, so I did not ever think about symptoms matching an successful, highly intelligent adult. I think the first thing all marriage counselors should do for couples having problems is check one or both for ADD. It saved our marriage.

  25. After years of seeing my son struggling with homework from elementary through high school and during his first year of college one night I listened to DR.Thomas’s Webinar-Understanding the ADHD-Executive Function Connection …I had my AHA moment.From then on his ADHD was diagnosed,treatment began and right now he is on his way to finishing college. `

  26. I have been in the field of Special Education for 25+ years and continue to have “aha” moments – especially when it is associated with providing a therapeutic environment to promote learning and success. ADDitude has been an invaluable resource tool to support the many “aha” moments along the way.

  27. It was a slow dawning for us with our high school aged son. How could he be so bright and engaged in school and continue to do worse and worse? We finally decided to do psychoeducational testing and got our answer. Inattentive ADD. Teachers just assumed he was lazy and not trying. I sure wish we had figured it out sooner but at least we know now and can support him more effectively.

  28. My daughter was having difficulty in school as a 1st grader, she could not focus in class, she complained that she could not read (in fact she read at a sixth grade level at that time), the teacher recommended that we get her tested and I did. The diagnosis was the first step in getting her to perform better in school and able to focus on assignments. Still not perfect now that she is a teenager – getting her to be organized is the hardest – especially now that I am at the school that she is attending and I work with her.

  29. It’s more of a “series of AHA moments.” I have a child with high-functioning Autism and although I feel really blessed that he is so high-functioning it was also a major stumbling block in receiving his diagnosis. I feel the same way about myself with ADHD. If there is such a thing as “high-functioning ADHD” I would think I have it. I am married to a man who has ADHD as well. Interestingly, his symptoms are different than mine so I think we complement each other well. But what this all means (I digressed, big surprise!) is that I find myself jumping from task to task a lot. More than normal. And even when I’m calm and or not feeling pressured. I’ll easily forget very important details, errands, tasks and wonder where it went in my head. A week or two can go by and I think the diagnosis I received was wrong. Then a series of events occur and I have that AHA moment. It’s akin to taking antidepressants and feeling so good that you think you can go off of them (which, yes, I’ve done as well). I have systems in place and get too cocky and let the routine slide and then I realize, “Yup, here’s my ADHD.” I need reminding, even of my diagnosis.

  30. Both my 7 year old son and I have ADHD, must run in the family! I have always had a mind that wanders and it has always been hard to stay focused and I am so easily distracted. My son is the same way! I am so happy to have found your magazine and website, it has provided much needed information! Thank you!

  31. My mom for myself was 3 years ago when I felt like my life was spinning out of control. I was struggling to complete everything at home and could not focus on my responsibilities. I also couldn’t do my job to the best of my ability. I wasn’t completing my grades on time and was failing to develop lessons on a day to day basis. My desk was a complete mess and I knew I needed to seek help. Thankfully we offer an Employee Assistance Program where you receive 3 sessions with a psychologist for free. I took advantage of this and got my ADHD diagnosis. I have been on medication for 3 years. However, that is not the be all end all to fixing my problems. I love ADDiTude because of the tips and suggestions they have for diet, orgnaization and parenting. I use it with my own children and suggest it to parents and students all the time.

  32. When my daughter was young (preschool-kindergarten) we had problems with her following directions and doing as she was told. Despite our best efforts in taking away privileges–she could not control her impulses. We even took away a birthday party that she wanted to attend. My friend asked me the following 2 years if our daughter was going to be able to attend. She said it jokingly; however, my heart sank when I realized that it was not a joking matter. This was one of my first clues that something was amiss. (She also could not sit still for pictures–we have several pictures where she is almost out of the frame or you could tell we were holding on to her. She is 15 y/o now and we laugh about it now; however, back then, I was one frazzled parent!)

  33. For me it was more of a “Do’h” moment, I always had good grades until college, then when just going to class wasn’t enough I started failing classes until I went to student councilor who made take a few tests and then she sent me to a neurologist, the doctor saw the tests results and made a small interview, after that she showed me the tests and started explaining ADHD and suddenly everything made sense, why I had trouble studying, why I went from reading for ours , I ven forgot to eat while reading, to not being able to read a full sentence without getting distracted.

  34. I was called “space cadet” and the like since very little, so 15 years ago, in my late 20’s, when doing one of my many searches on the internet to read about memory problems, I found a website about ADD (don’t remember the name), and that was it. Once I read about the traits, I knew that was me. Since then I have been reading non-stop about it, to help myself, to inform the skeptics and to help other members of my family that struggle with it.

  35. I was helping one of my clients with Asperger Syndrome to complete his screening questionnaire after his psychiatrist had suspected he may also have ADHD.

    I had never heard of inattentive type ADHD before, but when he was answering the questions with me in a cafe, and I was helping him fill in the form with his answers, I began to notice that a large number of his answers matched what I would have answered for each question too.

    By the end of the form, I had a powerful and unusual feeling as if I were looking in a mirror, and knew that I just might have discovered the answer to many of my own problems, thanks to helping him discover his.

  36. My son was in the 2nd grade and he had been getting in trouble for not being able to re-focus for quite some time and he was very hyper and talkative. We had been through 3 counselors and did not want to admit it was adhd. I was called to the school for a meeting with his teacher and she was talking with me while an aide was working with my son on his homework. He was fidgeting as usual and not wanting to do the work and she was getting frustrated when my child orally did everything on the page and then blurted out he could not keep his thoughts on the subject matter as every time he tried to focus, he would read the page and something on it caused a cascade of thoughts that just went from there. I knew then. We confirmed when he was able to focus with a non stimulant drug and his behavior went from out of control to able to do work and listen to instructions, etc.

  37. For years my son would rage for 2 hours almost every day. I took him to see multiple doctors who all told me different things and put him on different medications. Finally, I found a wonderful doctor who took him off all of the unnecessary medications and diagnosed him with ADHD. Through his doctor and therapist visits, I started seeing similarities between my son’s behaviors and mine. I remember sitting in my therapists office talking with her about him and all of a sudden thinking, “I do that, too.” I had more and more of those moments. After working through the guilt associated with “passing it on” to him, I have learned to accept it. It’s part of who I am – who we are.

  38. My son always struggled to understand time when they taught it at school,as well as days of the week, months, etc. They didn’t exist to him so we were always talking about time and saying things like “Today is Sunday, so tomorrow is Monday and that means you go to school, and at 6 pm tomorrow you go to hockey practice…..” One day when he was about four, he asked me, “Is it today tomorrow?” I knew then it was both a flash of creative brilliance, along with ADD. (He also lost about 25 keys to our house.)

  39. My “Aha!” moment was when I was being treated for anxiety/depression by my PA and nothing was helping. I’ve always suspected aschoos even tested in high school but after the test my mom didn’t pursue their suggestion of having me further tested. At 38 I seen my doctor and he diagnosed me. I was so happy I cried. I still have lots and lots trouble managing my life and I suspect my daughter has it too which is a lot to grasp since we are a lot alike. Im just so happy that my thoughts (or lack of 😁) are normal and Im not alone. I always felt alone and am so happy to read articles and blogs of women just like me!

  40. When child would go upstairs to get dressed, brush teeth, get a book, etc and would come back half hour later without having done task and not even recalling what task was:)

  41. I had my suspicions from an early age that I was different in the way I did my schoolwork or household chores. I didnt know what exactly was different or even how to explain it, I just knew what worked for me and what didnt work for me. Of course, if you dont follow the road everyone else takes that seems to make you wrong, even if you do get the same results. My daughter was having some troubles and they tested her for ADHD, when the results came back I thought “Wow, that is me!” I wish now that I could have been diagnosed sooner, it certainly would have saved me alot of heartaches. Now, I am 54 years old, take 70mg Vyvanse each day and still working on who I want to become. My daughter is a great inspiration to me and I hope I am to her also. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story. Kim Benton

  42. My’Aha’moment was when I was going through the process of diagnosis for my daughter in kindergarten. It was my last semester of college and I had been taking all the tests for her, but finding I did a lot of the behaviors in class I was checking off for her. I took the tests back to her pediatrician and asked,”how much of this was her mirroring what I do, and how much was just her?” Her Dr. smiled coyly at me and said if I did a lot of the behaviors on the tests, then I might want to get myself tested. So, I did. It has been quite a ride ever since, but has also helped me understand her better.

  43. When my son was 4, he was diagnosed with ADHD. He had a very hard time listening, following directions, and was extremely busy. My husband asked out pediatrician about himself…and both of them began treatment at the same time. Fast forward five years and we had an international adoption, and adopted 3 children. My husband knew immediately that one was ADHD, then the second of the 3 was also diagnosed. So…here I am, one husband and 4 kids with ADHD. Our oldest went to college, and then came to us and said that she thought that she might have ADHD. I was surprised…she was an outstanding student and athlete, but going to college walks away from structure. She went from a very structured day: school, sports, job, homework to college which has classes on different days and at different times. She struggled with getting herself organized. Structure is definitely a huge help with people who have ADHD. So, out of the 8 in out family…5 have ADHD. It makes for an interesting life!!

  44. My AHA moment was in about the 7th grade, when a friend of mine handed me a pamphlet she had found on the floor in the hallway one day. There were 2 identical pamphlets about ADHD. I read through it and thought, “Wow, that’s totally me!” That was it, basically. It took until I was 20 before I got a diagnosis, but that same friend got diagnosed in 8th grade. ADHD was what made it so much fun for the two of us to hang out! We totally understood each other.

  45. He has always been a very active child, but starting around the age of 2 was when I began to notice differences between him and other children. He has never slept well and is always on the go. He became much more impulsive and began biting for no reason. He was diagnosed 2 years later when he turned 4.

  46. Just like a lot of ADD kids I heard from my parents/teachers, “You know this stuff, why don’t you apply yourself?” Unfortunately, at the time I went through school, ADD wasn’t something that was addressed. I just thought I was not smart enough to have information stick when I learned it and really gave up some of my dreams. Not until my youngest daughter’s 3rd grade teacher said we should have her tested did I really start to research this ADD thing. One of the first things I read was that if a child is diagnosed with ADD then one of the parents most like is ADD as well. When I found a self-test for ADD symptoms that was when I had my “A HA!” moment but it was more like an “oh s#!t” moment. Now, with coping mechanisms in place and medication balanced out life is pretty good.

  47. I was in college – depressed because I wasn’t performing the way I thought I could or wanted to – finding it hard to manage my time and to focus. I read Driven to Distraction and lightbulbs lit up – got evaluated, tried Ritalin for a short time and it put me to sleep!

  48. I have had a couple of Aha! Moments. My son was having trouble as kindergartner! Between disciplining him for every “bad day” he had at public school and switching him to a Montessori structured school, he and I were at our wits end! He and I would battle at home over these incidents; each of us escalating each disagreement. It was not until things went really south at school, resulting in my son hurting two children, that we found our way to our pediatrician for help. The diagnosis was ADHD with OD. Aha! Moment #1.
    Since I already have a brother who was diagnosed ADD in college, his input into my son’s diagnosis was encouraging. “I wish mom and dad had put me on this medication a long time ago; I would have done much better in school.” He then suggested that the ADD probably came from our mother’s side who displayed several traits including the inability to focus on certain tasks, hyper focusing on other tasks, etc. Aha! Moment #2.
    My son’s difficulties at school were also making and impact in my life. With all of the research I was conducting, symptoms and traits flared up memories of my own childhood of OD behavior. I had always had difficulty in school as well as anxiety problems, leading to dropping out of college with mediocre grades. At the time of my son’s diagnosis, I was enrolled in another college program. The anxiety alone was making it difficult for me to focus on my studies so I sought out treatment from my physician. Aha! Moment #3.

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