The Value of Persistence

as related to Patti Schwab Three years ago, I was laid off from my position of 20 years as an office administrator. I was very depressed. It was a real loss; I hadn't realized how much that role had defined me until it ended. One of my children, who also has ADHD, was in crisis. Severe depression, anxiety, and OCD symptoms had put him in the hospital a few times. Meanwhile, my husband (another ADHDer) was also unemployed and searching for work. I struggled to find a new position, working a few short and horrible jobs over the course of the…
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A Mother and Daughter Learn and Grow Together

By Theresa Two years ago, at age 33, I learned I have ADHD and that it permeates nearly every aspect of my life. While seeking help for my impulsive, energetic six-year-old daughter, I was surprised to see myself in many of the checklist items. The doctor was seeking participants for a study of mothers and children with untreated ADHD to determine if treating the mothers might delay the age at which children started medication. My early diagnoses of Tourette syndrome and migraines were blamed for my early difficulties in life and these were the conditions the doctors treated. I was…
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A New Member Looks Forward

By Nicole  I am a 23 year old first year graduate student at NYU. I was diagnosed with ADD (now ADHD-inattentive type) when I was 7 years old. I have never fully accepted the fact that I have this difference. I believed and have had medical professionals tell me that it's something that goes away as you mature.  My primary physician led me to believe I could become addicted to the medicine I took for ADD.  (This was right before entering my first year of college). Up until last fall, I've relied mostly on holistic and dietary approaches for treatment.  My physician did start…
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The Devil Is In the Details

I was diagnosed with ADHD at 36 years old, not long after our 7-year-old son was diagnosed. Although surprised, I didn’t see it as a problem as I had easily taken advantage of my ADHD strengths and was very successful as an entrepreneur. I have always been really great at working with other people and advising them on creative ways to start or grow their businesses. I managed to keep the business part of my ventures streamlined by setting myself up as a consultant. By doing so, I was able to keep all my income under one umbrella. A few…
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There is Nothing I Will Encounter Today That I Can’t Learn

Sean's Story, Interview by Patricia Schwabb I am 52 years old and just randomly read an article on Facebook about ADHD and right away recognized myself. As I read more about this disorder I looked back and saw many ways it’s had a negative impact on my life. School was always a big problem for me. I always thought of myself as quite witty and funny and so did my teachers for about the first two weeks. Things really got serious when I was unable to comprehend math problems like the other kids. I can still see the disappointment and…
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