These are the people who have come to The Being Well Center to be taught. These are the people who have trusted us to treat them.
You may recognize 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 these people is you!
The ages, sex, personalities and life circumstances are different but they have one thing in common—they all have Attention Deficit Disorder.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to a few more people who, for the past 30 years, have inspired, challenged, and pushed me onward in the quest to thrive with ADD/ADHD.
Tina, age 9
Tina does okay in school. She consistently brings home B’s and C’s. While Mom and Dad had once hoped she would be a straight-A student, they are satisfied with her performance at school. At home, it’s a different story. She is driving the family crazy; she has alienated herself from her brothers and sisters, as well as the neighborhood kids. Her experience at daycare isn’t any better. She disrupts conversations, spoils games, and breaks all the rules. She seems totally unable to control her temper, her foul mouth, and her aggressive behavior.
Doug was never a great student. Since he has been in junior high, he has been in constant danger of failing his courses. His teachers feel he is a lazy kid with a bad attitude; they hesitate to cut him a break. Doug hangs out with the tough guys who smoke cigarettes in the bathroom and drink on the weekends. The other school are intimidated by his short fuse and tendency to pick a fight over anything. Actually, when you get to know Doug, he is a real marshmallow who feels lousy about himself.
John, age 68
John could have been anything, but he had wanted to be a doctor for as long as he could remember. In elementary school, his sleepy, under-aroused demeanor was written off as a sign of boredom in a gifted child. In medical school, he stayed awake by drinking cup after cup of coffee. As the top cardiac surgeon in the region, John has stayed focused during grueling surgeries by relying on one adrenaline rush after another. Problem: 25 years of tranquilizer use has been John’s solution for his ever-present anxiety and nighttime sleeplessness.
Do you recognize Justin, Karen, or Lisa?
Do you recognize Melissa, Mark, or Betty?
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.