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  •  This is a good idea (2+ / 0-)
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    JG in MD, KelleyRN2

    A support group for us ADD (or ADHD) folks might be very useful.

    I actually made some calls today (Monday) to see if medication might help me, inspired by reading here. I have an appt in a week and a half and I am hoping that perhaps there really is an answer out there for me.

    I've always thought I managed OK - but perhaps it is the terror of really being out on my own at 54 that made me realize that perhaps getting professional treatment would be the missing piece that would get me functioning at a more optimal level.

    It would be of course too late to save my marriage (the papers are just about ready to be signed...) but I've got to make the best of the rest of my life - and I have to be able to take care of myself all on my own, which is a very intimidating thought indeed.

    Thanks for the kind words - I've needed some - unfortunately, my soon to be ex thought the things I did (or forgot to do) were all done on purpose and since he is quite efficient, he just could not understand why I was so willfully lazy/forgetful/distracted/unorganized etc.

    Some encouragement might have helped along the line but hindsight is 20/20 I suppose.

    "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

    by blue armadillo on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 06:57:57 PM PST

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    •  I haven't visited DKos 4 yet (2+ / 0-)
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      blue armadillo, KelleyRN2

      since I joined DKos 3 after that magical May date in 2010, and can't beta use the new site without registering a new ID.  Too much fuss for me.  Anyhow,  I suspect we could have a support group over there.  I would not be a good person to host it, but I could be co-responsible with others.

      I haven't read all the comments here yet, but if someone has recommended some ADD books, that might also be helpful.  One of the most helpful things for me was getting a new perspective on habits.  I always thought of habits as a bad thing, but then one of the books I read stated that new habits take about three weeks to "set", and that new habits could be a person with ADD's good friend.  So, now I mostly always put my keys in the same place, and my glasses.  It took a while, but now I'm not frantically running around the house looking for those things on a regular basis.

      Good for you for making calls!  I find the thought of making calls daunting, but once I make them, I'm a call making fool.  I hope things work out for you at this meeting.

      I've had people in their 80s and 90s convince me that 50 isn't too late for anything, so I'll bet you can do it.

      It is hard though, to be around people who don't understand, or don't think ADD exists.

      The Other Atheists - It's not a belief, it's a null hypothesis.

      by Ana Thema on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 12:44:44 AM PST

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