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Imagearejay59
Feb 17, 2010 10:18 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
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A safe place for parents to talk about ADHD
Imagechelle
Feb 18, 2010 6:27 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I just stopped by to say Hello!
Imagearejay59
Mar 5, 2010 9:11 AM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
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Hi Chelle !!
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 5, 2010 5:50 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Just noticed this one. My grown daughter is normal and so are her children, but I have ADD.
Imagearejay59
Mar 5, 2010 6:31 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Hi Linda,
Welcome. I have never been diagnosed with it myself, though I do have many close to me that have. Im not sure yet which is normal!! How do you do with it? Do you struggle or have you made peace with it?
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 5, 2010 7:28 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Most of my life was a struggle, although I didn't know why. I knew something was wrong, but not what it was...for a long time. ADD was always there, always making problems, although I was able to compensate for it somewhat along the way without even knowing about ADD. I always admired people who were organized, because I couldn't be. With my mind, I just never knew what way it was going...or where. Sometimes I'd just give up trying for a little while! I'd feel like I wasn't good enough. At least these days, it can be diagnosed early in life! That must make a difference...there's some hope there.
Imagemauryhill
Mar 5, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Name: Holly Boyajian
Vashon, Washington
Hello, My son was diagnosed a few months ago. He is a teenager, and does not have hyperactivity, just a terrible time organizing anything (thoughts, objects, actions), remembering what he is supposed to be doing, planning ahead...you name it. I managed to help him get through grade school, but middle school and high school have been one misery after another, and there is a lot of misunderstanding about kids with ADHD. We are now trying to figure out medication dosage. It is more complicated than I had any idea it would be.
ImageStephGTx
Mar 6, 2010 10:24 AM CST
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas
Hi guys, sorry I haven't checked in. A very dear friend of mine has recently had some medical problems and I've back and forth.
I'm so glad to see y'all here.
LindaTx8 I only know very few adults with ADD/ADHD. What ways have you used to cope?

Mauryhill Both of my boys are ADHD .Both are on medication.This has been a challenge. It can be very complicated. Each child is different and all the medications have their own unique set of possible side effects. Then you get into combining meds it gets even more complex. My youngest son is on one medication (Vyvance 20mg) and it works great for him now. He is 10 and still growing. My oldest son is on 3 medications.They are working for him now but he is still growing as well. He is 11. Do you mind if I ask what type of Dr. your son is seeing? Pediatrician or Psychiatrist?

I hope you will continue to join me here. I have many future plans for this cubit. I plan to have a Dr. database and also an informational database for medications used for ADHD/ADD,conventional and herbal.Please hang in there with me as there is a lot of info to gather together. If you have anything you wish to be added please feel free to cmail me anytime.


Steph Group hug
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Imagemauryhill
Mar 8, 2010 8:29 PM CST
Name: Holly Boyajian
Vashon, Washington
Steph, my son is seeing a Psychiatrist at this time. We went with one who our insurance would pay for, and who can both diagnose and prescribe medications as necessary.

I have tried to encourage him to take Fish oil capsules containing Omega-3 fatty acids, which are supposed to be helpful for brain functioning. However the capsules are quite large and he has a hard time swallowing them, so I am taking them instead.
ImageStephGTx
Mar 8, 2010 9:05 PM CST
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas
I haven't heard of using the fish oil before. Maybe I should take some of those too :) I wonder, could you open the capsules and put the oil on your food?

It's great that your insurance will pay. Those meds can get pricey. I spend about $80 a month on meds WITH insurance.

The Dr. visits can be daunting without insurance also. The boy's Psychiatrist charges $135 for each 15min.
Thank goodness I only have to pay $20 copay.

Steph

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 8, 2010 9:18 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Steph, I would just try hard to train myself to pay attention in class. Whenever I was able to concentrate in class, I did okay. But I could never succeed for long at that. I would study books, because classroom learning was harder for me. I was better with books, at least when I remembered to study. I did better as an adult later on when I went back to school. I had other learning disabilities, but they were minor. My parents expected us to do well in school, but didn't usually get upset with me...that helped. Once we moved to another area where the kids were too far ahead ahead of the school I was in...that was the most stressful year I ever had in public school. My father would try to teach me math at home...I really hated that, because I just wasn't getting it. I always had trouble making friends. I was shy and kind of preferred being with my siblings. My IQ was high enough...that was never the problem. My daughter is a doctor, thank goodness she didn't have to struggle with the same problem.
I'm sure there must be fish oil caps that are smaller! I take fish oil also.
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 8, 2010 9:27 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Geez, that's over $500 an hour! I'm trying to remember if my daughter ever mentioned how much she can charge hourly as a specialist..no, I don't think she told me that. I only seem to remember something about what she will make yearly. She only finished her fellowship last year, so hasn't been in private practice for very long. The debts she has accumulated from the years of college, medical school, residency and such are astronomical.
ImageStephGTx
Mar 8, 2010 9:35 PM CST
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas
Ya know, one thing I have noticed in my "limited" experience with ADD/ADHD is that the IQ is usually on the high side. Now, I don't know about "studies" but I believe this to be true. I think one of the hardest things is learning to change from one task to another smoothly. I work with two adults who are not on medication. I am able to deal with this easily because I understand their struggle. Others are not as tolerant though. I have also noticed that there tends to be a very artistic connection with those with ADD/ADHD. Both of the women I work with are very hands on and artistic. Both of my sons are also artistic as well as their ADHD father. Does this hold true for you too?

OOo gotta go for now. Battery going dead on my laptop. Be back tomorrow. Sorry

Steph
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

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