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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?


Sunday, May 14, 2017


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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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. `

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!)

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.)

  20. 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!

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