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I have been diagnosed with ADHD resulting from a traumatic brain injury, due to 2 car wrecks.  My brain is extremely different now. Not just the ADHD, but also working, visual, and short term memory loss.  I am just beginning to get speech therapy and to address learning to live with these attention and memory issues., after 4.5 and 2.2 yrs from the wrecks.
I need to be able to make and keep appointments, remember to do specific recurring and non-recurring tasks. 
What would be some good tools for helping with these challenges?
P.S.  As I learn about ADHD, I’m finding that I had some before the wreck, it’s just affecting me adversely in an all encompassing way post-wreck.

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I have had challenges with AD/HD (primarily distractible) all my life; it has been a major issue in my work life.
It is unfortunate that you had the accidents; however, it is more likely that the trauma made any differences in how your brain functioned worse; I am told you cannot ‘get’ AD/HD from trauma.  You CAN develop ADHD-like symptoms from some head trauma, but it does not just suddenly appear as a distinct diagnosis in adulthood. I’‘m pleased that you have recognised the possibility of you having had AD/HD all your life.  I suggest having a psychologist or other aligned health professional review the diagnosis to clarify the extent that the trauma has affected you. 
ADHD coaches can be very useful for learning tactics and ways to improve the effects. Likewise, read thru all the ADDitude articles on ADD/ADHD at work; you may find some useful things there.  Also, if you’re in the US, you may be entitled to certain accommodations at work; Ask about it.  Good luck!

Posted by Vitality on Aug 24, 2014 at 1:54pm

Thank you for the reply!  I will read thru the add/hd at work articles.  I was referred to a psychologist, but she suggested the “coach-approach” and gave me a couple of referrals.  Since insurance doesn’t cover that treatment, I’m foregoing it for now.
I have a PhD Speech Pathologist working with me now, and in 6 weeks she’s identified the issues and we’ve worked on them with noticeable signs of improvement.  My Neurologist is in concurrence.
Thanks again!

Posted by janipookins on Aug 25, 2014 at 1:27am

There are many tech tools that can help you with planning and organization. The following articles offer many suggestions:

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/8898.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/785.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1630.html

If occupational therapy is covered by your insurance, it could help a great deal too. They can help with strategies and work-arounds for day-to-day struggles.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 25, 2014 at 1:35pm

Because you have a brain injury cognitive therapy could be covered by your insurance.  See if Learning RX is in your area.  I highly recommend it.  I am an adult with ADHD- short term memory issues and they were amazing at developing my brain at the age of 50.  My therapy was not covered by insurance and I really did not care as it was the best investment I have made for myself.

Posted by CHMY on Aug 26, 2014 at 1:23pm

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