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Intro, 50+ Just found out


In looking up answer for my grandson’s problem I discovered I probably have ADD.

Amazing I missed it. s this why I start out reading a book, find several sites on a topic, stop and write a blog post about it, then get excited about another subject (chase a rabbit ), get another book on it, then find a pretty color and stop and design a scrapbook kit kit then get hungry and start looking up recipes, then on the way to make it, remember I need to feed the goats and go outside, before I get back to the new recipe, I €™ll check email and Facebook, back to the food while I €™m cooking I make a phone call? I do this every day all day.

Some things I get back to some I don €™t. It would also explains why I am reading 8 books right now and always have 20 websites open and why I get hyper-focused on topics in homeschool (to the point my children are sick of the American Revolution) and run two businesses (publishing and design).

I lose everything. If it wasn;t for dh I wound not have gas in the car ever. He says 90% of the time when I leave the drive way I am back home in 10 minutes becasue I fogot something.

He frustrated that I talk about ten things at once with rabbit chasing inbetween each.

Now that I know more I think at least two of my children have it too.

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My husband was not diagnosed until he was in his mid 40’s and that was after our son was diagnosed and when reading books it was like reading about my husband !!

Posted by Laurie on Mar 24, 2013 at 4:03pm

Oh my, I thought you were describing me! I found out when my oldest was diagnosed. He is mild; my youngest is a classic case of ADHD. The boys are on the same medication. I am on a different one and it is like having a new life.

I recommend seeing a psychiatrist who deals with adult ADD. We have had good docs and very bad docs. If you are not comfortable, then the doc is not for you (even if others rave about him/her).

It is never too late to make a change in one’s life. Be well and be good.

Posted by dzeldaz on Mar 24, 2013 at 4:09pm

I am 62 now and was diagnosed after I read books for the sake of my nephew!  Ever since, I read some 15 books on the subject and finally I got to know myself!  I wish you all the best, but it can only get better now!
You won’t have to excuse to yourself anymore, which to me was liberating!
Enjoy it, you must be a talented person!

Posted by nailbiter on Mar 24, 2013 at 4:51pm

Omg, you have just described me as well. I am 53 and was just diagnosed a month ago. Mine came about because of my short fuse, and during the counselling sessions for anger management, we found the real reason.
I am now working on strategies. Without medication. The first one is learning to focus. I do some mediation so this helps, as well as starting to do mindfulness. This is the best. I have another book you might want look at. This will help you. Read this one first - the Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD by Lydia Zylowska, MD.
I also do a sport, that helps me focus - dragon boat paddling. You might laugh, but it’s all abound teamwork, and paddling in time. Focussing on the timing, focussing on the stroke. And you notice when you are out of timing.

Posted by Marky53 on Mar 24, 2013 at 6:45pm

I diagnosed myself after reading Sari Solden’s book about Women with ADD.  I got an official diagnosis when I was about 50.  I am taking a low dose of Ritalin.  It doesn’t fix anything, but it does help with focus.

Posted by whizinc on Mar 25, 2013 at 5:24am

Yep!  Sounds familiar, alright.  Welcome aboard!

Have you ever read the kids’ book, “If you give a mouse a cookie?”  If not, check it out some time for a chuckle.  I told my daughter I’m going to write my own called, “If you give an ADD Mom a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!”  (If you’ve read the book, and ever used a magic eraser, no doubt you’ll get the reference!)  One thing leads to another, and then another, and then yet another! 

Seriously, though, I’m so glad you’re finally getting some answers. It really never is too late to make some big, positive changes!  Most of my clients are diagnosed in adulthood, and it often comes to liht when learning about a child or grandchild’s ADHD.  I’ve had several diagnosed in the late 60s who made tremendous progress in coaching! 

Best of luck with your journey!

Lynne Edris, ACG
Life & ADD Coach
http://www.CoachingADDvantages.com

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Mar 26, 2013 at 9:45pm

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