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Frequently asked questions
When were you diagnosed with ADHD?
I was originally diagnosed in the 4th grade, but didn't respond well to the medications that were currently available and therapy didn't help this shy girl who just refused to talk, so my journey really began in my mid 20's.
How old was your son when he was diagnosed gifted/ADHD?
My son was four when he was officially diagnosed, but he rolled over at 4 weeks and just kept hitting early milestone after early milestone. His first "steps" were a run at 9 months.
What are the top 5 tips for someone who is newly diagnosed?
- Get a therapist if you don't already have one. Not every ADHDer needs meds, but they are significantly more likely to have other mental health issues. Your therapist can help you gain skills that you yet learned and help you handle the issues that come from being an ADHDer.
Learn everything. I know that's why you're here in the first place, but trust me. Knowledge is power.
If you're a parent, know that if you child "would just..." They would. Really, truly, they would. As an adult I've had to give myself plenty of timeouts to handle my own emotions, and that's okay.
Ask for help. Things can be overwhelming... a lot... Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. You're not failing. I promise.
The world isn't designed for ADHD. You aren't imagining it. That doesn't make you a failure, stupid, or lazy. The fact that you are here searching for answers is proof that you are getting a little bit better everyday. You are strong and anyone would be lucky to know you.
Who made your incredible logo?
A wonderful ADHDer and artist, Erica Miles! If you'd like her to make a logo for your own website, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org