Paragraph from page 136 of “One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir“:
For many people who suffer from the symptoms of ADD, diagnosis and treatment bring them some relief and understanding. When I was first diagnosed with ADD, I was skeptical. However, once I began to learn about ADD/HD, I began to agree with the diagnosis. As I gained more knowledge about the disorder from my doctor and my own research, a remarkable feeling came over me and I started to feel better about myself. I felt myself breathe a long, deep sigh of relief. Finally, I had an explanation for my ways! For so long l felt misunderstood and blamed myself for my innate traits, and I don’t feel so alone in the world anymore. It was an enlightening experience for me. Finding out I have ADD gave me a clearer sense of direction, as though I had been wandering in circles for years and was finally handed a map to help guide me out of the confusing maze that was my life. At last!
Paragraph from page 111 of “One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir“:
For a time Dr. Gary, my therapist, believed that I suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and that it was the primary reason for my problems. I can see why he felt this was the best diagnosis for me at the time. Some of my symptoms were similar to those in people who have PTSD. Sometimes I would experience strong reactions to situations in the present that triggered memories from a past traumatic event in my life, whereby I would feel as though I was reliving that painful experience…
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I was diagnosed at the age of 37 and this is the account of a child who grew up with undiagnosed ADD and grew up through the trauma, the struggles and the life, no benefit of an early diagnosis or medication, just me, open to the world with unrealized potential and I made it! You can too!