Posted by Joanne
on January 19, 2000 at 00:08:50:
In Reply to: ADULT NEEDS HELP posted by rena on January 15, 2000 at 22:34:54:
:Rena...I am 43, a mom to 2 kids with ADD...I have also been diagnosed 5 yrs. ago..you can imagine what my house was like with all of us ADDers..confusion to the max. I am a nurse in emergency, and i run a business at home..I have been on Ritalin for 5 yrs. now and I find it helps me..it is not a miracle as I always have to keep myself in check and on top of stuff..That I find difficult..going through the bookstores, I always end up in the "Self Help" section and own a library..feel free to email me, or perhaps we can chat sometime..Dont let this get you down as there are ways to manage it..Good luck to you.. HELP! I AM 36, SINGLE MOM OF 3 AND 13 YEAR OLD DAUGHTERS, ASSISTANT DA, DIAGNOSED LAST YEAR WITH ADD AND I FEEL LIKE I AM DROWNING. I HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED ADDEROL, AND IT DOES SEEM TO HELP, BUT MY DOCTOR IS MORE OF A PEZ/MED DISPENSER THAN A SOURCE OF GUIDANCE. ALL SHE DOES IS REFILL MY PRESCRIPTION AND I WAS QUICK TO LEARN THAT THIS IS NOT A 'TAKE-A-PILL AND ALL IS GREAT' DIAGNOSIS. I OWN EVERY GET ORGANIZED BOOK THERE IS AND MY WHOLE LIFE I HAVE THOUGHT IF I CAN CATCH UP, IF I CAN GET EVERYTHING IN ORDER I WILL BE OK. I WILL NOT BE LAZY OR WORTHLESS OR STUPID. WELL, I AM NOT OK. I MAKE LIST AFTER LIST OF HOW TO DO IT, HOW TO GET IT ALL TOGETHER. BUT I CAN'T DO IT. AND I WANT TO BE ORGANIZED SO BADLY. FOR ME AND MY INCREDIBLE CHILDREN.
: I GET OUT OF BED AND SIMPLY PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF ANOTHER UNTIL ANOTHER DAY IS DONE AND I HAVE GOTTEN THE KIDS TO THEIR SCHOOL/DAY CARE (HOPEFULLY GETTING THE RIGHT ONE TO THE RIGHT PLACE), MADE IT THROUGH A WORK DAY WITHOUT EMBARASSING MYSELF, COMING HOME AND ATTEMPTING TO DO EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AT HOME AND DOING SO WITHOUT PUTTING MY KEYS IN THE FREEZER OR LEAVING MY COFFEE ON THE HOOD OF MY CAR . . AGAIN.
: SORRY FOR THE RAMBLING MESSAGE, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS I NEED ADVICE FROM REAL PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH THIS TO TELL ME HOW THEY ORGANIZE THEIR LIVES. PRACTICAL ADVICE ON DAY TO DAY ACTIVITIES. PLEASE.
: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.