Laughter Is The Best Medicine for this ADDA Member

By Annette Tabor ADDA member Pam Wener has a passion for three things. She is passionate about helping children and adults with learning disabilities. She is passion for laughter. And she is passionate about stand-up comedy. These unique qualities define what she is all about. Pam began helping those with learning disabilities years ago. Her daughter was eight years old when diagnosed with dyslexia, and Pam helped her daughter face her many challenges. Today her daughter is 34 and a real estate agent with a drive and enthusiasm she shares with her mother! Pam later started working with others at…

A Life Changing Event

By Jeannette McDonald I realized my life had changed the morning I woke up and the tape that had been playing in my head since I was a young child in school, telling me every day that I was dumb and stupid, stopped playing. Yes, those were the words, “dumb and stupid”.  I was in my fifty’s and I remember very clearly waking up and not hearing the message that I was dumb and stupid – it was gone. You can’t imagine what a relief it was not have that swirling in my mind anymore.  It was strange but wonderful at the…

Filling In the Cracks

By R.A. I am a 55-year-old man. I’ve suffered from ADHD all my life, I'm sure of it. Not to go too far into my past, I will say it was quite "unsafe" for a child. I have much anger and guilt around many things I saw and experienced. This story begins and ends with me living in the present. I am functioning as a husband. I hold down a job in the television industry. I want us to have a child at the tender age of 55. After years taking Adderall, my doctor switched me to Vyvanse and a…

Could This Be Your Story?

By Samantha Schmidgall I couldn’t believe ADDA wanted to hear my story! Someone is asking me (chatty Cathy) for my story. There has to be a catch, right? It is odd to think I am allowed to embellish and more and that others with ADHD will read to the end. So here is my story. I was a very quiet and shy girl growing up. I didn’t make waves even where there was an overabundant supply of water! I sat where I was told, did as I was instructed and kept my mouth shut in school. I was smart and…

Highway to Hell: Untreated Depression, Anxiety & ADHD Drove Me to Addiction

By James Tilley I always knew something was wrong but could not figure it out. I had trouble relating to others and making friends. I hated school and I was miserable. At age six I was tested at school and with doctors. Sure enough, I was diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety and dyslexia. In those days, these disorders were not widely accepted. I started meds and counseling. And I attended special education classes and even an after-school study program. I felt alienated at school, which made everything worse. Eventually, I stopped counseling and doctors. It seemed like everyone knew I…