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Monday, May 26, 2014

ODDly ADDing

Hi there! I'm Maribel I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult shortly after my son was diagnosed at the age of 7. I do not currently take meds, because I've always been a bit of an OCD high achiever type with lots of energy and an ability to hyperfocus, so I've created a lot of coping techniques without even knowing it! However, the diagnosis does explain my brain's constant chatter and the fact that I only have two speeds, on or off. It has always been weird trying to figure out how I can be "so amazing" one minute and "falling apart" the next and I always thought it was because I was "moody" as my mom put it. I have no sense of direction and get lost going to the same place just because I'll be on autopilot and miss a turn. I can have the productivity of 10 people for a season, then I'll procrastinate for months over a simple email. Ironically, I found out about ADHD because my son was exhibiting symptoms of ODD. It was only in researching Oppositional Defiance (my boy is textbook ODD) that I considered that he was unable (not just unwilling) to have impulse control. I wrote more about my adventures on my blog: 
Typical, for an ADHDer, I dabble in a lot of things. After 9 years at home with my 3 kids, I'm back to work as a Project Manager for my local library system. I am also a grassroots activist and Operations Director for a non-profit organization called Start School Later, Inc. Having the diagnosis of ADHD allows me to accept myself for what I am, understand and work with my quirks instead of trying to suppress them and live an even happier life

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