"After a lifetime of struggling in school, home, and work I turned to my Dr. Robert Fields for help. He referred me to "Chesapeake Center for Attention and Learning Disorders" in Silver Spring, Maryland. On April 15, 2005, at the age of 51, I was given a psychologist evaluation. I was then was referred to Dr. Carol Robbins for a comprehensive psychological evaluation of cognitive functioning and aide to diagnostic and treatment planning. I was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder predominately inattentive difficulties in acquiring and processing language that is typically manifested by lack of proficiency in reading.
Since May 2005 I've been a patient of Dr. Carol Robbins. She helped me with daily functioning associated with ADD and mood symptoms compensatory strategies. She suggested that I take classes that post notes on the Internet and to consider my strengths and weaknesses. I would need to have disability support as well as an attention and learning disabilities support services specialized academic advisor within my program and a tutor knowledgeable with learning disabilities. Additionally, I would need to learn effective organization strategies for learning verbal information.
I do get distracted in situations where there is a lot of activities and other people. I usually perform better in a quiet and structured surrounding. I do better with information in small amounts so that I have time to process and organize. I'm learning adoptive ways to cope and manage anixiety and strategies to break-down information to process it better.
It was recommended that I continue taking medication for ADD. I've changed my meds three times because it stopped working and wasn't as effective as when I originally started - Concerta, then Adderall, and now Vyvanse - it does help me in a long run. I've learned about mindful living and mediation to bring peace in my life and rid the stress. My husband and I went on an amigo weekend to learn new ways we communicate to each other and to help in all our relationships. I have found exercise and diet can make a difference associated with performance and expectations.
I have learned to appreciate and understand the ADD in me and in others. I now can lovingly say that it is a gift from my parents."
"Joining CHADD has given me an opportunity to meet and learn from others. I've gotten know a variety of great speakers and experience the support, connection, and acceptance.
I'm proud to share my success journey...
Anne Arundel County Chapter
Children and Adults with
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
P.O. Box 3756
Crofton, MD 21114