Hello. I am a 37 yr old mother of two. I have been struggling with focusing and daydreaming ever since I was in elementary school. I was making bad grades up until I got in high school. Weird huh. I joined the track team and started making the honor roll because I didn't want to get kicked off. I started seeing the commercials with adults with ADHD. I was always told that a person grows out of it. I mentioned this to my Dr. at the time, but she just told me that everyone is starting to claim it. That was the end of that. Well, when I had my first child, I remember getting distracted with her in the car. I zoned out and ended up running a red light. When I got side swiped by another car, my baby girl happened to be on the driver's side as well, that did it for me. I finally went in to see a specialist and they diagnosed me with anxiety. They told me to make an appointment to come back in, but I could never get in contact with anyone.
Several years later, I decided to go back to community college. A new Dr. replaced the old one and he listened to my story. He finally prescribed Concerta for me. It actually helped me focus and I felt relieved. I was finally diagnosed with ADD around 6 years ago through vocational rehab. This was a relief to me because it explained a lot of things and that I wasn't dumb after all. My son has ADHD, but my daughter doesn't. I was able to get him in the IEP program early. I feel that he will not have to go through as much as I did, because there are resources out there to help.
Tonya Evans Beatty is a Massage and Bodywork Therapist.