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Diagnosed with ADHD – Officially

Diagnosed with ADHD - Officially

Yesterday, my youngest daughter was officially diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder aka ADHD. I am not officially surprised. However, I feel officially disappointed and relieved at the same time. It’s good to have a diagnosis so we can move forward.
It’s not the end of the world. I think it is the start of new treatments and methods to help her focus. She’s so smart but needs a lot of extra help to focus. Many people in my family have been diagnosed with ADD. My kid runs circles around all of us – sometimes literally. Then we are all distracted. It’s a circus at times. Where does that energy come from?
I will be drinking extra coffee so I can read through some of this material. It will be worth it to learn what we can do for her. Pinterest also had some good pins that I will be reading this week.

P.S. I’m not advocating marijuana or alcohol for kids. Otherwise, I like the poster.

Helpful Links:
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml
http://www.chadd.org/

13 comments

  1. Again, we can be there for each other. Sorry to hear the news Holley but at least now you know for sure. I keep telling myself there are far worse things but that doesn’t make it less of a challenge. Read up because the right information can be pretty helpful

      1. So far, from what I’ve read, it looks like a combination of medication and routine could be helpful. I’m going back to talk to the dr more next week.

      2. Be prepared for the side effects and no eating until 9:00 at night. That ones a bummer. My son gets flat. Kind of loses his fun playful personality. It makes me sad but it makes all the difference with him being successful in school

      3. Well, she’s on inhalers which stimulate her appetite. I wonder if the meds cancel each other out.
        If it makes a difference, it might be worth it.

    1. She is so hyper that she can’t stop talking. Lots of fidgeting and so on. Can’t focus on anything at school. I’m hoping she’ll focus the energy into track someday. She’s a runner. I can tell -even though she’s 5. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. We don’t have the hyper part. Well we did when my son was younger but he grew out if that by 4th grade….something about more myelin in the brain. Who knows. He used to fiddle with things in his desk and the teacher would turn his desk around. He was so embarrassed. She was a real gem. Keep me posted…

      2. I will. I had a teacher like that when I was in 2nd grade. She would put a big wooden box on my desk so I didn’t get distracted. I thought it was ridiculous. I got distracted anyway.
        Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. These teachers really need more training. FYI…that will be your toughest job. They need you to gently educate them on what ADHD is and what they can do in the classroom to make things better for your sweet child. Read over the classroom accommodations and write down the ones you know would apply. And, communication with teachers is CRUCIAL so you know if the medicine is working. AnD make sure they know what “working” looks like.

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