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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Baby Boomer

    • My story..... (Robert)...Like a lot of Baby Boomers, I was diagnosed as an adult. I grew up in New York City, and struggled in school. After I got married & had a child, my first child (a boy) was having some attention problems in school. We spoke to a doctor who suggested that our child might have ADHD. No one knew what that meant in 1992 or 1993. The doctor said it was likely that one of us (as parents) has it.. I was the parent who was identified as having it... I went to a few doctors, and took the usual meds (Ritalin, Cylert, etc)... None of them worked..... We heard about a support group in New York where I could get information & meet peers who have the same issues.

    • After going to several meetings, and becoming friendly with the "regulars", who seemed to attend meetings frequently, I realized I had found a "home"....
    • The coordinator asked us a dinner one night (after the meeting, it was customary to go out to the local diner after the meeting for a snack) if anyone wanted to help him run the group... A few people said yes, and we formed a steering committee..
    • The committee lasted for several years. Like everything else associated with ADD/ADHD, it eventually became just myself & the coordinator. We've been running it alone for about 10 years...

    • We agreed long ago to divide responsibilities.... He was always good in dealing with the clinical side.... I worked in sales & marketing, so I always handled advertising the meetings & getting the word out to the community.....

    • We have a combination of lectures & support group meetings. I use a variety of social media sites, including FB, Twitter, Linkedin, etc, as well as older formats such as Yahoo Groups.... Our FB page is The Manhattan Adult ADHD Support Group

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