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Friday, June 20, 2014

'Accidental' Help

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.

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