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Posted by Rick d on November 01, 2000 at 19:37:10:

In Reply to: Adult ADD vs. Child ADD posted by Jacqueline on October 30, 2000 at 23:32:10:

: First off, I want to thank those who responded to my post about ADD affecting my job in law enforcement.

: Secondly, I have heard that adult Attention Defficit is treated differently than in ADD in children. With different drugs, perhaps. I have heard about Concerta. Anyone have any experiece with this drug?

: I took Dexedrine for awhile in jr. high. I'm not sure why I switched back...It was awhile ago, and I can't remember.

: This is just so hard. Sometimes I feel like I will never live up to what I want to be, like something is always holding me back.

: I'm reading a good book right now, though. Driven to Distraction. I can't remember the author, though. Sorry!

: Take care,
: Jackie

Jackie, hang in there.

I have read another book, titled "ADD and Creativity" by Dr. Lynn Weiss. I think she is the also the author of "Driven to Distracton".
"ADD and creativity" gives you a diferent way to think about your "disorder". It really isn't a disorder, just a label.

Oh, I forgot to let you know about the "mandatory drug testing" trap. If you are required to drug test, and if you are taking medication, DO NOT tell them until they "find" it in the sample. Make sure you have a prescription, though, or a note from a doctor if you are using samples.

Remember, law enforcement is not your life. It's just a job. Your life is you life!! Take care of yourself first, and everything else will fall into place. The same philosiphy(sp?) applies to your job. If you don't take care of your safety and well being, first, then you can't help someone else.

Once again, I stress, be careful who you talk to about how you are. Cops are VERY judgemental. The advice about the ADA protecting you is great in the "real" world, but in the "law enforcement" world, it doesn't work that way.

The mere fact that you have recognized the problem and have chosen to do something about it shows you to be a good cop, one who is willing to do what it takes to finish the "job" .

Good luck,

Rick d.

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