The Light In The Darkness

By: Rapunzel Ware I was tested and diagnosed with ADHD at age 7 in the 1st grade. That's when I first remember feeling different from my peers. I endured dark blows of criticism and negative affirmations from those that surrounded me. I didn’t want to acknowledge or accept my ADHD because I thought  it would always make me a  target for negativity. For many years I continued to struggle and suffer by not acknowledging  my ADHD nor willing to seek medical help to stay on top of it. Through those years of struggle I was depressed and even suicidal.  For the majority of my teenage…

Believe that ADHD Can Lead You to Beautiful Things

By: Janet L. Schmidt Élise Gravel is an award-winning children’s book writer and illustrator who lives and works in Montreal, Quebec in Canada.  She was born in Montreal and started to draw not long after she could hold a crayon.  She studied Graphic Design at the College of General and Vocational Education in Montreal.  Over her career thus far, she has written and illustrated over 50 children’s books. Élise began to think about the possibility of having Attention Deficit Order (ADHD) when her own daughter was diagnosed in 2nd grade.  Although her daughter really had no problems at school and…

My Wife Thinks I’m Losing It

By: Marty Levine I learned I had ADHD when I was 85 in 2015.  My wife kept complaining that I was losing "it". She thought I might be developing Alzheimer's.  So, I phoned the Veterans Affairs and told the young lady, "My wife thinks I'm losing it". They did a CT scan and put me through six hours of testing. That's how I found out I have ADHD. It occurred to me I've had it all my life. As a child and teenager I had been a "nerve end, hyper, manic-depressive”. I was always thought of as the little guy with the…

Staring Me in the Face For Forty-Nine years!

By: Michael I was diagnosed with ADHD around 7 years old and put on medication but only for about a week. This was over forty years ago so I don’t have a clear memory of it.  My parents told me that I became a different person, much too quiet and reserved and after this very short experiment, they decided that medication was not for me and ADHD was never really mentioned again.   I have battled all my life to focus on things that I did not find exciting or enjoyable - so of course I was labelled lazy.  There are a…

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…