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You probably did go undiagnosed a long time. Doctors aren't sure whether ADD begins at birth, but they do agree it begins by age 7.

1) Info on the web, well, there's a lot of sites where you can get the basics. However, I strongly recommend 2 books, "Driven to Distraction" and "You mean I'm not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?" The second is specifically aimed at newly diagnosed adults. They might be in your local library.

(ADD humor--when I went to my college library to research ADD, all the general-audience books on the topic were listed in the catalog as "not returned by patron." Oh, well, they're presumably in the hands of folks who need them.)

2) I was severely depressed at the time I was diagnosed, but my depression was situation, ie it was because my life was screwed up and I couldn't figure out how to change things. Once I started drug treatment and coaching*, I was able to return to college and succeed where I had failed before. The improvement in my mental outlook was dramatic.

* I also strongly recommend coaching. Coaching for ADD is not therapy exactly, and not all coaches are mental health professionals. Some are just professional organizers with experience at ADD folks. The purpose of coaching is to teach you skills that you never learned due to ADD, whether how to keep a calendar or how to organize your house, and to help you manage the details of your life better.
[QUOTE=janewhite1;4260851]You probably did go undiagnosed a long time. Doctors aren't sure whether ADD begins at birth, but they do agree it begins by age 7.

1) Info on the web, well, there's a lot of sites where you can get the basics. However, I strongly recommend 2 books, "Driven to Distraction" and "You mean I'm not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?" The second is specifically aimed at newly diagnosed adults. They might be in your local library.

(ADD humor--when I went to my college library to research ADD, all the general-audience books on the topic were listed in the catalog as "not returned by patron." Oh, well, they're presumably in the hands of folks who need them.)

2) I was severely depressed at the time I was diagnosed, but my depression was situation, ie it was because my life was screwed up and I couldn't figure out how to change things. Once I started drug treatment and coaching*, I was able to return to college and succeed where I had failed before. The improvement in my mental outlook was dramatic.

* I also strongly recommend coaching. Coaching for ADD is not therapy exactly, and not all coaches are mental health professionals. Some are just professional organizers with experience at ADD folks. The purpose of coaching is to teach you skills that you never learned due to ADD, whether how to keep a calendar or how to organize your house, and to help you manage the details of your life better.[/QUOTE]

I hope to go back to school too. I have started I Can't tell you how many times and never, ever finished. I'd take 1 or 2 classes and then quit, start again a few months later, etc etc. I'm exciting to think that I just might do it this time!!

I will check out those books you recommended. Thanks for replying!!!





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