Missy is a perfect angel. She quietly sits in the second to the last seat of the fourth row of her third grade class. The rowdy, disruptive kids sit in the front. Missy never causes any trouble; she is shy, polite, and…flunking.
Mark, age 10
Mark qualified for the gifted classes at school when he was in second grade. Even though he is creative, quick, and highly verbal, he rarely gets As on his report card. His parents and teachers are frustrated that such a bright kid is so sloppy, careless, and irresponsible. At times they wonder if he’s just bored with it all.
Betty’s daughter was diagnosed with ADD when she was nine years old. As Betty learned more about her daughter’s problem, she began to wonder if ADD could be the reason for her own long history of difficulties. In school, Betty’s grades had consistently been pretty good, but she worked so much harder than everyone else. Now, as an accountant, she is in high demand because the quality of her work. Her clients have no idea she has to stay up until the wee hours of the morning double and triple checking her calculations. The daily stress has left her with little energy for her family or household responsibilities. Over the years, she has grown to feel inadequate and guilty. She has tried to ease the pain within herself by doing for everyone else–her husband, her children, her parents, her aunt, the school, the church. Now she has run out of gas. She’s depressed. She’s overweight. Her joints ache. She has just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
These are my patients.
You may have recognized your son or daughter, niece or nephew, grandson or granddaughter. Maybe one of them is a child in your childcare center, a student you teach, or just a kid in your neighborhood. It could be that one of them is your brother, your sister, your mom or dad, or your husband or wife.
It’s quite possible that one of them is you!
The ages, sex, personalities and life circumstances are different but they have one thing in common—they all have Attention Deficit Disorder.
Millions of Americans suspect they may have ADD. Is it time for you to finally get answers? As I tell my patients when they first come to terms with a diagnosis, it’s exciting to think where things could go!
Patients of all shapes, ages, and sizes come to The Being Well Center and Dr. Craig Liden for diagnoses and treatment plans they can trust. Can we help you too? Visit The Being Well Center for more information about Dr. Liden’s services.
Our current blog series is excerpted from Dr. Liden’s best-selling book, Pay Attention!: Answers to Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder.