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Posted by Coach on October 05, 1999 at 22:05:15:

In Reply to: ADD IN ADULT WOMEN posted by JK on October 05, 1999 at 05:43:56:

: At 58, just discovering I have ADD. In process of being diagnosed. Reading "Women with Attention Deficit Disorder" and totally freaked at the time I have lived with it and how it has controlled my chaotic life

Hi JK! I'm 58 and am lucky to have Add too. Must have been that radioactive fallout from Hiroshima or Nagasaki. The good news is that you now have something to pin your chaos on (you know I thrive on chaos too)I kinda like it myself. I have used my energy to create a highly active and mostly happy life, although I have found ADD to interfere in my relationships. One of the things I have been working on is learning my natural or preferred pathways, which has helped me get through graduate school at the ripe old age of 55. I just didn't learn the way everybody else did and couldn't stay focused. I read about emotional intelligences (Howard Gardner) and checked out books on Accelerated Learning by Nicholls and Rose which helped me find my natural pathway to learning and concentration. Then I started NLP training to help me work on relationships with others. I am a career coach and I found many of my underachieving clients were highly kinesthetic in receiving their information. Need to move around, lots of energy until you drop. Not quite manic. However, if you have a good therapist and support and seek answers for yourself (and good nutrition for your brain of course) you will find you are truly blessed with a gift like many creative people: writers, actors, artists, etc. Find who you are and what your special gifts are and go get it. E-mail me about how it's going. Now if I can just remember where I was going......

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