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Posted by Mary on September 13, 2000 at 22:31:49:

In Reply to: THE ULTIMATE ADVICE FOR PEOPLE AND PARENTS WITH ADD posted by Johner on September 13, 2000 at 22:03:33:

: 1.If you think you have ADD get tested by a specialist. There is no harm in getting tested!

: 2. There is nothing wrong with taking prescribed medication, it is like wearning glasses to correct vision.
: A decision to take medication should be based on scientific facts rather than rational gossip.

: 3. Educate, educate, educate- ADD is not a part of you it IS you, don't waste time with self improvment
: books just yet. Learn all you can about ADD. I recommend "answers to distraction" and "driven to
: distraction"

: 4. Do not listen to the rumour mill about anything involing ADD, ask your specialist about everything you
: want to know and tell him/her your needs. ASK QUESTIONS!

: 5. If you are not satisfied or you want a second opinion get tested by another specialist. Most importantly
: continue to voice your concerns.

: 6. Handle advice responsibly, don't do anything potentially harmfull that you may have read about
: without consulting a specialist. There is no harm in listening, listen and ask a specialist about what you
: have heard.

: 7. If you have never been tested for any learning disablilites get tested! If you have been tested at any
: time but you still feel you have a problem get tested! Believe me testing fails ESPECIALLY when done
: by a school!

: 8. Teachers are NOT QUALIFIED to diagnose or recognize ADD in any case!!!!

: I really hope this helps!

AMEN!!!! thanks for a wonderful post that just sums it all up as to how I feel about it all.

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