I have been finding articles in the news recently that are pointing out something which I think is very interesting and dare I say obvious?: Parent’s are discovering answers for their own behaviors when their child is diagnosed with ADD or ADHD!
Most of today’s Adult Adders have gone through a life of misunderstanding and confusion for their own behaviors that were never explained and were thought to be normal delinquency. When I was growing up there was very little known about ADD ADHD and many people, just like me, learned to live with past explanations of just bored, lazy or unconcerned etc… Research is proving that ADD ADHD is hereditary, so it’s not surprising that many parents who have children diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD have it too. Sometimes it is just one parent who passes it down, but it’s not unheard of for both parents to pass it down.
Still, many adults remain in denial—not only with themselves, but also with their child’s diagnosis. Denial can be detrimental, while acceptance can enable treatment which can be extremely beneficial giving Adders opportunities and chances they might not otherwise have had.
I was 37 years old when I was finally, correctly diagnosed with ADD. I had been misdiagnosed for a decade previous to that. I do not have children.
How did your diagnosis come about?