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Fri Mar 14, 2014, 02:06 PM

Welcome to the ADD/ADHD group!...

Now we have a place where we can share our personal experiences, offer support to others, and provide resources for anyone affected by attention deficit disorders.

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Reply Welcome to the ADD/ADHD group!... (Original post)
Phentex Mar 2014 OP
hrmjustin Mar 2014 #1
Phentex Mar 2014 #4
NYC_SKP Mar 2014 #2
Phentex Mar 2014 #3
rocktivity Mar 2014 #5
upaloopa Mar 2014 #6
LWolf Mar 2014 #12
Gothmog Mar 2014 #7
dahfonz Mar 2014 #8
Blue_Roses Mar 2014 #10
DavidG_WI Sep 2014 #17
Blue_Roses Mar 2014 #9
slor Mar 2014 #11
Phentex Mar 2014 #13
trublu992 Jun 2014 #15
Phentex Jun 2014 #16
Name removed Apr 2014 #14

Response to Phentex (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 02:05 PM

1. Congratulations on this new group!

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 02:32 PM

4. Thanks!

I'm glad people spoke up about wanting this group.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 02:27 PM

2. Thank you for suggesting and starting this group.

 

I'm sure we have members who will want to contribute and other who will benefit.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 02:30 PM

3. Thanks but meow2u3 deserves the credit...

I just pushed it along a little.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 02:41 PM

5. Drop me a line if my New Jersey health blog can be of any assistance

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 02:41 PM

6. Thanks, I've had ADHD as a kid and am now 68

When I was a kid I was told I had character flaws. There was no thinking then about ADHD. To this day my actions seem like character flaws to most people.
The hardest thing for me was to learn to accept myself as I am and to learn coping mechanisms. I am not making excuses but I take pride in that I am disabled but I don't let that stop me from doing the things I want to do.
My biggest enemy in that sense is my mother-in-law who has no understanding of mental illness and has over the years said some pretty nasty and hurtful things to me. I finally had it with her and told her so after 30 years of putting up with her shit.
So I am looking forward to listening to others.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 08:19 AM

12. That's my mom's story.

She wasn't diagnosed until her early 60s, when I finally took off my daughter cap and put on my teacher cap and realized what she, and I, had been dealing with for so many years. It's made a huge difference to her.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 03:00 PM

7. Congratulations on new group

I have two daughters with ADD/ADHD. It has been an interesting experience

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 06:02 PM

8. Saying no to pills

Have been dealing with ADD since I was a youngster. I do my best to avoid pills of any kind.

I was using pills for 3 years and was sick of not being able to think without the medication...

Not letting the pills destroy my ability to think independently

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Response to dahfonz (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 06:48 PM

10. Did the medication help you focus?

What medication were you taking?

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Response to Blue_Roses (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 09:50 PM

17. I'm in the no pills camp as well

 

I was put on Ritalin at 4, which made me suicidal at the age of 9, then was placed on zylert and bounced around from pill to pill till at the age of 12 I took myself off of them, nobody noticed I wasn't taking them and it made no change to my ability, or lack there of to pay attention in class. What I did gain back was a memory, the vast majority of my childhood outside of the summers when I wasn't on the pills are completely gone. I can remember stuff from my early childhood right up to the day I was tested and started the pills, but that in between is gone.

To this day I refuse to take pills for anything and have a deep distrust of doctors, I won't even take pain meds unless I'm in so much pain I have no choice, even telling an ER nurse to either not numb me up for stitches or let me do it myself for a 6" gash on my leg and resetting a broken arm myself rather then go to the doctor. On the plus side I've built up a really good pain tolerance threshold. Also, before you ash, the arm is perfectly straight, I wasn't going to do that twice if I didn't have to.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 06:46 PM

9. this is great!

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 07:45 PM

11. Awesome! I was just diagnosed...

in November last year, at age 47. It totally made sense, but it has been hard dealing with a life of regrets too. I am happy to hear of this group.

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Response to slor (Reply #11)

Wed Mar 19, 2014, 11:37 AM

13. I wish I had gotten help as a child...

but I have had to leave the what if's behind and focus on the present. However, my experience helped me recognize the signs in my own son and I am grateful to be able to help him now.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #13)

Mon Jun 16, 2014, 06:31 PM

15. UGH struggling to accept the fact I never got the help as a child.

How did you stop the what ifs? They seem to just pop up in my mind randomly.

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Response to trublu992 (Reply #15)

Wed Jun 18, 2014, 09:59 AM

16. because I did well in spite of the struggle and

my mother had bigger fish to fry. I do wish the school had been able to help but who knows if they were even qualified to make a determination. I knew one boy on Ritalin and that was it.

I think college could have been a different story if I had medication. I used caffeine instead and made do.

Now, as a grown woman, I forgive myself sometimes now that I know what I'm dealing with.

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