Coping With ADD. p.6
This was the case with Good. The CHADD checklist of ADD symptoms provoked an epiphany. She had wondered why, despite medication and therapy, her son wasn't getting better. "So I held up a mirror," she says. Good realized that she had ADD and as long as it went untreated, her household would remain chaotic and her son would never progress. Fortunately, she says, "I had access to great physicians and to my CHADD chapter, and it enabled me to move through this process."
While the argument over CHADD's role in the diagnosis and treatment of ADD certainly exists, for the parents who've been helped by CHADD there is no debate. Life with children with ADD can be hard and lonely. Without CHADD, they say, it would only be harder and lonelier.
"You're an island, you're alienated from normal relationships," says Good. "What can I say -- 'My child has a disability and I'm afraid to bring him to your house'? I don't have many friends, obviously." CHADD helps replace those lost friendships.
"We've definitely lost friends because of ADHD," echoes Carol Sadler, an Atlanta-area homemaker who discovered that she has ADHD after joining CHADD because her daughters, Christina, 10, and Angela, 7, have the disorder. "It's almost like they were afraid to have their children around ours. And then you also have to deal with the people who speak up and say, 'If you had better parenting strategies, you wouldn't have to medicate.' It gets tiresome. You constantly feel like you are explaining your life. CHADD is a relief from that."
*Some names have been changed to protect privacy.
Copyright © 2001. Reprinted with permission from the October 2001 issue of Child magazine.
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