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Posted by Johner on September 14, 2000 at 00:04:21:

In Reply to: Re: THE ULTIMATE ADVICE FOR PEOPLE AND PARENTS WITH ADD posted by Mary on September 13, 2000 at 22:31:49:

: : 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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