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Another Newbie

Hi Everyone,

Very glad to have found this community.  I’m going to seek a diagnosis this week.  I suspect that I’ve had ADD my entire life and I’m in my mid 40’s.  I have every symptom and have had them since my teens.

My life looks like someone gathered it up and flung it in the air.  I’m all over the place and everything is a mess.

Anyway - glad to be where others can relate.

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Welcome to our world.  Having a proper diagnosis will open up opportunities to getting medications and counseling.  Be sure to educate your family and trusted friends about the diagnosis.  Many non-ADD people have a hard time understanding what ADD is and accuse the ADD person as looking for a cop-out for being lazy and disorganized.

Posted by spage_hasADD on Oct 30, 2013 at 9:36am

I concur with the above post, welcome to our world, I think we can extend the meaning of that introduction to convey, Welcome to your world. I would say after you have gone through the preliminary diagnosis and medication processes that you will want to learn as much about what breed of disability you are diagnosed with. You will quickly learn that ADHD takes on many forms, and you will want to concentrate most of your research on the main issue that is before you.
There are many good books out now, as well as people on the many different discussion groups here that can lead you to the resources that will be best for you. Also you will find ADHD coaches as well as other professionals.
I do not want to leave you over whelmed at this point. So I would say take this one day at a time. I will leave you with something that absolutely transformed the area of constantly misplacing or losing things like your eye glasses or your keys for me.
In each room of the house designate one specific place as your hot spot, such as a dresser or night table, and make that the only place in that room where you would leave your glasses or your keys. When you can not find them first check all of you hot spots. At the front door create a spot close to the door that you can call your landing pad, place the things that you need to take with you when you leave the house. It eliminates that last minute rushing trough the house to find your briefcase so you will not be late for work.
I am 53 years old and have had ADD with other learning disabilities my whole life as well. I was not diagnosed until I was 42, so I can understand where you are at. I will not try to sugar coat it you will have this battle for the rest of your life, but do not forget you are not alone. God bless you sunshine66 and once again welcome to our world.

Posted by Rancher John on Oct 30, 2013 at 6:36pm

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