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Mar 18, 2011
 
Is there anyone out there who has to deal with adult a.d.d. I recently found out I have it and am worried I will pass it along to my kids. If anyone is brave enough I would love to hear some support/advice on this subject. Ready and waiting for some feedback.

Since: Sep 10

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Mar 18, 2011
 
3BB.
I am an adult with ADHD (actually, I had it as a child but at the time not much was known about it so it went undiagnosed). I do not take medication or anything for it, as I have learned how to cope with it on my own.
It's really not so bad. I get distracted easily, have a bit of a hard time with organization, tend to tapdance in the kitchen sometimes, and I do not endure long conversations very well (such as lectures when I was in school).
I also have three children. None of them have ADHD.
I guess my advice would be based on your severity of ADD. If you function well on medication, then take it. The same goes for your children if they happen to inherit it. If they are diagnosed, there are programs in their school that will lend them assistance. I work with kids everyday who have ADD and ADHD. If I notice they are distracted, I have tools to help them with focussing. Silly putty works great with this because if their hands are busy playing with the putty, they tend to focus on tasks better. If a lecture is particularly long and boring, and I find they are getting distracted from it, I tell them to put their heads down. Sometimes it helps if they shut out visual stimulation in order to focus on the teacher. If they are on meds for it, make sure they take it, but there are coping strategies to help them, like doodling, being able to stand up, frequent breaks, etc... you may be surprised how many educators have ADD or ADHD and they pull from their own experience as students to become better educators for their students who have ADD or ADHD.
ADD and ADHD are very common, and easily managed. Educate yourself, know what support your children will have in school and you all will be just fine.
Best of luck to you, sweety!

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Since: Mar 11

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Mar 18, 2011
 
Thank you Anne Ominous, your post has made me feel better I did buy a big dry-erase calendar to help me remember things. I am still at a loss on how to get a better grasp on my time management. I am late everywhere I go. I have been using alarms on my cell phone to help keep track of time which has help a little. It's always the last few minutes that I need to get a handle on. Got any suggestions?

Since: Sep 10

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Mar 18, 2011
 
Being on time is one of the things I am good at. I am actually early for the things I have to be at at a certain time.
Invest in post it notes, you will go through a lot of them, for sure, but leaving yourself a note will help you remember. Stick the post-its someplace that you see often. Your computer screen, your fridge, the front door, your forehead if need be. If you know you have to be somewhere tomorrow, get what you need together tonight so you will have it ready.

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Since: Mar 11

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Mar 18, 2011
 
I have a virtual post-it on my phone. Puts it right there on the front screen i use it all the time!
Anne Ominous

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Mar 18, 2011
 

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You and your babies are going to be just fine. I am good and have raised two children to adulthood and one is in junior high and highly gifted. I was also in the gifted program when I was a kid, even though I was ADHD.
Imagine growing up in the 70's when ADHD was not recognized and being gifted at the same time! I was the bane of my teachers because I was hard to deal with due to my intelligence and out of my seat to help other students so we could move on in our academics. The key to ADD or ADHD is make sure they are never bored.
ADD and ADHD kids are often very gifted and bored with their classes, or they are proficient in a certain area and need help in another.

Since: Jan 11

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Mar 18, 2011
 
Thank you for putting this info. on here. Very good tips, Anne. You're exactly right.

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Mar 19, 2011
 
Yes, I can see that. I have a cousin who is extremely smart but often gets into trouble because she gets bored in school easily, so that makes a lot of sense. I am hoping to get back into school this fall so I can take cosmetology classes. I have an interest in hair, nails, makeup, etc. I've been cutting my own hair for a few years now and when I do something new I always get positive feedback. It's something that I like to do that I don't get frustrated with. Plus with that type of work I could have a very flexible schedule and that will come in handy as my kids get older and have more activities.

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Mar 20, 2011
 
It's not the worst thing to have in your life....sometimes it actually helps. I have ADD which means I can multi-task very well. I have more trouble completing a task than a lot of people, yet can actually focus on several things at once. I do have a severe problem with organization but muddle through with help from my husband. Some of the most intelligent and creative people have or had ADD, like Einstein. Considering these facts, it's more blessing than curse, welcome to the club.

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Mar 20, 2011
 
momof2dogs wrote:
It's not the worst thing to have in your life....sometimes it actually helps. I have ADD which means I can multi-task very well. I have more trouble completing a task than a lot of people, yet can actually focus on several things at once. I do have a severe problem with organization but muddle through with help from my husband. Some of the most intelligent and creative people have or had ADD, like Einstein. Considering these facts, it's more blessing than curse, welcome to the club.
Thanks for welcoming me. The multitasking does come in handy sometimes. It's also makes you more understanding and patient with other people.
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Mar 20, 2011
 
I have AADD but wasnt diagnosed till last year. I'm HORRIBLE at organization-might get a good idea for it 2x a year. Horrible at completing things-BUT I amd BLESSED w an AMAZING job at a bank in town-something I NEVER thot I was smart enough to do. My 12 y/o daughter has ADD also and is on RX for it. Im on an RX for PTSD.
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Jan 21, 2012
 
People at work underestimate my potential when it comes to doing a job for excellent pay.
I can't have a career and can't get past having an entry level job.
At 40, I never earned more than $25,000.00 per year at work.
People hesitate to hire me for good jobs or to promote me.
Dispite of all the discrimination I feel in the job market it seems to contradict the volunteer market. People will go out of their way to get me to volunteer for various activities but they don't go out of thier way to hire me for a descent job.
I feel like time is passing me by while everyone else around me changes and moves on.

“Yep _ I'm Robert L. Lorth, II”

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Jan 21, 2012
 
I have it but it isn't even noticeable - oops, my shoes untie
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Jan 22, 2012
 
I'm sorry, what did you say?

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