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Posted by DEREK on March 23, 2000 at 10:39:20:

In Reply to: ADDw/o posted by Emily on March 22, 2000 at 00:36:37:

: I am a 31 yr old woman,who not having yet been diagnosed,has unofficially comfirmed what I have suspected for years.In researching behavioral disorders,due to my 7 yr old daughter's conduct problems at school,I have discovered that not until the 80s did they catagorize ADD without hyperactivity.
: So what I have been suffering with is real.I am not a dummy!I have stuggled all my life through school,work and home.In school,I scraped by accademically.I had a severe inability to socially interact with others and to this day I still have trouble carrying on a conversation with my closest friends without transposing words or slightly studdering.I have been unable to work at a desk job,due to fact I can not actually stay at the desk,and home,well home is in a shambles.I also have impulsive thoughts that I strain to hold back,but I always do.The hard part is thinking that somehow I am the cause of my daughter's troubles.She is exhibiting most of the same symptoms as me.I think it is to late for me,but her I want to help.Any tips I would appreciate.

Hey guess what! it is not too late for your, congradulations on figuring it all out on your own. I can think of quite a few people that dont face up to the truth that is staring them in the face and instead turn there anger twards "the system" of some other obscure thing. I think that your next step is to go and get both yourself and your daughter tested for ADD and see what is up. You may have hear conflicting reports about medication, but I for one am a big beliver. I was not diagnosed until I was an adult and it profoundly helped me to integrate the new way of understanding myself through this lense of ADD.You are not the cause of you childs troubles any more than your parents are the cause of yours, it is nurological and chemical. Good luck and God Bless, Derek

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