This has been a great school year for my older daughter, who turned five last summer and was super excited to start kindergarten at the magnet school where she has attended preschool for the past two years. She has made new friends, learned to read, and become more confident socially. She gets pulled out of
I was frozen in place this morning, unable to move or think of what to do next. It was the perfect storm of tiredness and mental frenzy. I wouldn’t call it a panic attack, because I wasn’t panicking, although I was certainly worried and stressed. It’s sort of like I just shut down for a
Having a third child is not in the cards for me. I’m entering my late 30s—nay, I have indeed arrived. I have my hands full with a kid starting kindergarten and the other one starting preschool this fall. And I’m investing nearly all of my creative energy into my work, with scant time left
I can’t tell if my Adderall is working or not. I have had mixed results over the course of the first week on it, starting at half the target dose. Now that I’m on my third day at the target dose, I can’t say for certain that it’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing,
A thing that happens when you’re diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 35, after quite a bit of life experience, is that you suddenly look back on all the work you’ve done in school, your career, etc., and wonder how much more you could have accomplished if you had been diagnosed earlier. You speculate
The girl’s violence struck the library like a bolt of lightning, drawing a gasp from the teacher and the librarian alike. Awkwardness soon followed the initial shock, and then the two adults exchanged a glance for a shrug. It was over. The teacher continued shuttling the children out into the hallway, back to the kindergarten
As if I knew the answer to that question, right? I have Googled this very question, paraphrased in various ways, more than once. Heck, perhaps that’s how you landed here now. If so, like you I have wondered and struggled and suffered through deciding. I have sat across from my wife, daughter, her pediatrician, teachers, and mentors in tears, wondering
Disclaimer: Dammit Jim, I’m a … uh, not a doctor. None of the following should be taken as medical advice! Also, this is not a paid endorsement for Strattera. If the drug doesn’t work out, I will be ditching it and will be back on here to tell you how miserable the experience was.
1. “Mommy Brain” becomes a nullity. In my world, Mommy Brain is a thing, yet it is not. It was explained to me that I have been using intelligence my whole life to compensate for the organizational and other executive function deficits brought on by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD (the acronym
I have the attention span of a gnat and I am very forgetful. It doesn’t take much to totally derail me from whatever task I’m currently doing. In fact, when I started writing this post yesterday, I realized half way through that the topic was not what I originally intended. I had to start over.