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I Was Lost, But Now I'm Found

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For some families, a medical diagnosis for their child puts things in perspective. Parents understand the problems, and start to address them. Clarity about the challenges offers hope for improvement, and parents embrace treatment as a step toward a "cure."

That was not my experience as a young parent. My daughter's life was...

End the Excuses — Stop Calling Yourself Out

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"Hi. My name is Joyce. I make a lot of mistakes. But don't worry, you'll get used to it." For 30 years that was who I thought I was. Not surprisingly, my life was filled with guilt and anger.

As adults with ADHD, we make excuses, blame others, and get defensive. We hope that giving unsolicited information will make people...

Friendly Apps for Social Success

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How Would You Feel If...

ages 6 and up (iOS, $1.99)

How Would You Feel If... poses that question in 56 different life situations designed to lead to discussions of a child's reaction and feelings. Each illustrated "card" asks a question, such as, "How would you feel if your favorite football team lost?" The appropriate and...

"My Dream for the Future Is..."

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ADDitude asked readers to share their dreams for the future.

I would love to open a charter school that helps ADHD kids function at their best. — Gina, Comment posted online

That I live to see my two sons grow up into positive, well-mannered, well-educated, financially stable, hard-working men who are in beautiful, healthy, and...

My ADHD Son Hacks My Computer!

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Bobby is smart and sneaky. He knows how to get into locked-up computers. It's easy. When the computer owner — me — steps away from the machine, he rushes over and hits "control panel." From there, he can set up what we around here call the "guest account."

Our Bobby has ADHD, but this isn't ADHD behavior. This is something...

Teachers We Love: "It's All About the Kids"

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"It's all about the kids," says Bill Feaver, resource specialist and head baseball coach at Fowler High School, in Fowler, California. "It should always be about the kids."

During the 15 years he has taught special education, Feaver has taken a team approach. Working with students, parents, teachers, and administrators, he's...

Important To-Do: Take Care of You

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ADDitude asked: "What would you put on your to-do list to make yourself happy?"

I try to stop taking things personally and remind myself that I'm not the reason people around me are upset. — Francesca, Germany

Find a therapist who understands adult ADD and the repercussions of a late-in-life diagnosis! — Beth, Massachusetts

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Notes on Taking Notes

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Taking notes should be more than writing down information as a teacher is lecturing. A student needs to pay attention and try to understand what the teacher is teaching. He should be able to distinguish the big picture from insignificant details. A student should admit it when the lecture material is going over his head and...

My Child's Doctor Got it Wrong! Did Yours?

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My son's doctor got it all wrong. I didn't think so at the time. He was a highly regarded ADHD specialist, and I hung on every word he said. At the end of our visit, he made the solemn pronouncement: "Your son has ADHD."

Except that he didn't. But back then, even as a doctor, I was credulous. I wanted a diagnosis and a...

Tag! I'm It!

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Authors: ADDitude.com

If something minor is irritating you, shouldn't you be able to carry on and not let it bother you?

Most grownups can ignore what bugs them, but adults with ADHD aren't as lucky. One of the side effects of living with ADHD is hypersensitivity. If you're hypersensitive, there are times when you can't block out what's bothering...

How Do You Get Yourself to Sleep When ADHD Keeps You Up?

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ADDitude asked: "If your ADHD keeps you up, how do you get yourself to sleep?"

Aromatherapy oils help me get sound sleep.-Aviva, New York

I listen to music from the '70s. Because I know the songs, it takes my mind off of my worries and I go to sleep almost immediately. -Walter, Alaska

Read a nonfiction book. It is less likely to...