Recently, my nine-year-old son has been dignosed with ADHD. He is taking a low dose of Ritalin with very promising results. We are also in family counseling.
In the course of helping my son, it became painfully obvious that I meet the criteria for ADD, with flying colors. I am still nursing my other son, and will be for a few more months, so I don’t want to try any medication right now. My doctor will put me on a mild antidepressant as soon as I am ready for it, as I am also somewhat depressed. We will go from there, if I need any other medication. I’m leery of taking drugs if I don’t have to.
I have read some excellent threads here on ADD/ADHD. Thanks to all of you who have shared in those threads. You have helped me a great deal.
I was a destructive toddler who became a quiet, inattentive, underachieving student in school. My IQ was tested in fifth grade. I found out that my IQ was 151. This only made me feel worse, because I felt guilty about not using my apparent intelligence. I’ve since taken other tests, with similar results. I’ve never FELT smart, or able to concentrate, but I managed to emerge from high school with a diploma. Just barely. I’ve learned that the disorder is often overlooked in girls because it manifests itself in less obvious ways. Daydreaming doesn’t get you sent to the principal’s office.
What I am wondering is what do you do to “catch” yourself when your mind starts wandering at an inappropriate time?
What has helped you learn to read social cues? (something I’m NOT good at )
What helps you when you feel immobilized by perfectionism?[sub]My perfectionism has been keeping me from starting this thread till now. I worry about doing things RIGHT until I dont do them at all.<sigh>[/sub]
Okay. Gonna submit this now, if I can get through.