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Well yep I'd say it's genetics and likely to have more than one with it. My 12 yr. old daughter was diagnosed ADD in the 3rd grade(after fighting since Kdg) my 7 yr.old sonwas diagnosed this yr. in I think oct/nov with ADHD I tried to him diagnosed in Kdg. also. And I have been diagnosed and finally started Adderall today (yippee) for Adult ADD. I have a niece and nephew diagnosed with it and numerous other family members not diagnosed but I'm sure they have it also.

Now how to deal with it honestly it's a huge ordeal at our house, I'm sure alot of it has to do with the fact I haven't been treated for so long and trying to deal with my kids issues. That and the 3 of us are so different in our ADD yet so alike it is REALLY hard at our house.
I think the key for us and anyone really but esp. those of us with multiple cases in a household is going to be structure and schedule and believe me I KNOW how hard this is almost impossible for me.

We are still tweaking meds for all 3 of us and between us take alot of different ones. My daughter is on Concerta in the am and is starting Ritalin in the afternoon to give her that short term boost she needs after school to do homework.
My son is on Concerta and Strattera but he is having issues with them and I don't like it so we have to try and deal with these to.
I started Adderall today and I'm praying I see a difference soon I'm on a low dose and will increase if needed. I have been on Strattera but had a bad side effect and Ritalin did nothing for me at a fairly good dosage.

I have a 4 yr. old daughter that is exactly like my oldest daughter was at this age and I'm afraid I'm looking for signs that aren't there or I'm reading things into the signs that are but I know from experience that genetics aren't in her favor.
OYY my poor hubby 3 kids and wife all ADD/ADHD lol he may need drugs next.LOL
All 3 of my pregnancies were normal with normal deliveries no complications, so we don't have that as an issue for my family it really is just all in the family.
Boy I think I really wandered here I'm sorry.
It's EXHAUSTING to have 2 kids with ADD/HD but they are the most incredible loving,creative kids there are I just had to realize that and it has made it easier by no means is it easy but it is easier.
Personally I wouldn't let ADD stop me from having another if it's what I truly wanted but I would make sure you have a clear handle on the ones you have as far as diagnoses/treatment/schedules first esp. if you are also.

I am reading and have read some really good books on Adult ADD and Women with Adult ADD and while it is helping me ALOT it is giving me some insight on my kids and how they are thinking also. Have you read any books on all of this?

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