View Full Version : Roll Call - Illinois Attention Deficit Disorder


Tara
12-20-03, 06:29 PM
This is Roll call for members living in Illinois . Please give a brief intro.

Name
Location
Relationship to AD/HD

p2003
12-22-03, 01:06 PM
Im new to the forum and live in Illinois. Its great to find this resource. My wife and I need all the help we can get. I am looking into support groups in the area. I always knew I had add but its majorly impacting my marrage and I want to take it more seriously.

marya89
12-28-03, 05:08 PM
My name is Mary. I have a 10 year old son, Philip, who has been diagnosed with ADHD-inattentive type. We have been working with a psychologist at Indiana State University on ways to help Philip with his ADHD, as well as self-esteem issues related to ADHD. I am married and have two other children, James, who is 13, and Alyssa, who is 3. I live in an extremely tiny town named West York.

Gil
02-24-04, 11:29 PM
My name is Gil, I am seventeen/eighteen and I am practically in WI. I have a boat load of disorders such as ADHD with OCD and SID tendencies, PTSD, Cyclothmic Bipolar II with Psychotic Associations, Trichotillomania, Ectodermal Dysplasia, and I am a Self Mutilator (burning & cutting). I am also a fiction writer, a graphic artist, a dj and a poet. I am wise beyond my years, and I often give advice well beyond that of what one would assume my life experiences would allow. I am at this forum to help others and to express myself through my poetry. My poetry is my way of healing and moving on in my life. Hugs to everyone, I'm here to help as best as I can, just give me a PM and I'll respond to you as quickly as I can.

-Gil

FightingBoredom
05-18-04, 06:38 PM
My name is Paul. I've been on the forum for a couple months now.

I live in the chicago burbs. I was diagnosed in 1997 with ADD at the age of 40. I have lived a similar life to many on this forum with most of my jobs never lasting over 2 years. And the best one I had lasted 6 years. Odd thing is it was 6 months after I started meds for ADD that I made some very drastic miscalculations in judgement and lost that one too.
Since then I've worked in the ailing Telecom industry where comapnies don't last as long as ADD'ers. So, after being laid off from my last job in 2002 I've been finding my way into a lucrative world of contract technical writing. It is a great creative outlet and allows me to work on many different things which is a great thing for an ADD'er.

Over the past few weeks I've been considering becoming an ADHD coach. Since I know how NEW things sound great at first I'm not moving forward on it until I have a long range plan together and see whether the desire is still there once the NEWness is gone.

Shelli
08-14-04, 09:11 AM
Hi I am Shelli. We live in Hamilton, Illinois. I have a daughter who is 8 and dx. ADHD, ODD, Anxiety/Mood disorder. We currently see a child psychiatrist in Quincy, Illinois at the Nueman Clinic. They see adults and children there, it is a group practice. We have had the most success there. I am married, and also have a 15 yr.old step son who lives with us. I am currently working parttime in a family pratice office, as a LPN.

songwriter
09-04-04, 12:10 AM
Another Paul from Illinois, here.
(South Central, about an hour south of Springfield and Decatur)
41,married, 4 kids, currently a child care councelor for a childrens home.
adhd

Salsa
09-07-04, 11:50 AM
Shelli,
I used to live in Quincy and Keokuk. I'm living up in northern Iowa right now though.

teacherspet
10-14-04, 11:56 AM
Hi, I'm Marion and I live in the nortwest suburbs of Chicago. Right now nothing seems to be going right. I will probably quit my job soon because my boss has made it so ADD unfriendly I cannot keep up with her deadlines.

Lissa
11-26-04, 02:49 AM
Hi, I'm Melissa. I live in South Western Illinois, about 30 minutes from St. Louis, MO. I came here looking for help. I don't know if I am supposed to post all the details of my situation on this post or not? I'm kinda a rookie at this. To make a long story short. I have had problems all my life and when I was young I always found some way to manipulate my situations or surroundings to eek my way through. I can't do that as an adult. I can't hold down jobs for longer than a year and a half before I get bored and walk or manage to get myself fired. My selfesteem in virtually non-existant due to constant criticism for being lazy, lacking focus, drive, followthrough. My marriage is suffering, my career is suffering, I am suffering. To top everything off, I am now severly depressed. I need help badly and am just starting my journey. I should have insurance shortly and have made an appointment with a Dr. to discuss all these things. I came here because no one around me understands and I thought it would be nice to know some people like me.
Lissa

teacherspet
11-29-04, 01:16 PM
Lissa, hang in there. It can be real tough and we have to work twice as hard but the results will come.

axis591
12-13-04, 07:04 PM
I have add of the inattentive type and I live across the river from St. Louis, which is southern Illinois ofcourse. Hey yall

bluesman
12-16-04, 04:46 AM
Hi, I'm also in the nw suburbs near I90 and Randall rd. Adhd with some other stuff, still being diagnosed. Never treated until now, and still not on meds. I'd like to talk to/meet as many people like me as I can. Feel free to make contact if you're in the area.

FightingBoredom
12-16-04, 10:45 AM
Hi, I'm Melissa. I live in South Western Illinois, about 30 minutes from St. Louis, MO. I came here looking for help. I don't know if I am supposed to post all the details of my situation on this post or not? I'm kinda a rookie at this. To make a long story short. I have had problems all my life and when I was young I always found some way to manipulate my situations or surroundings to eek my way through. I can't do that as an adult. I can't hold down jobs for longer than a year and a half before I get bored and walk or manage to get myself fired. My selfesteem in virtually non-existant due to constant criticism for being lazy, lacking focus, drive, followthrough. My marriage is suffering, my career is suffering, I am suffering. To top everything off, I am now severly depressed. I need help badly and am just starting my journey. I should have insurance shortly and have made an appointment with a Dr. to discuss all these things. I came here because no one around me understands and I thought it would be nice to know some people like me.
Lissa

Lissa, I can totally relate to your situation! I think most everyone here can tell a similar life summary. But don't let that stop you from letting out the details all over this board. You will find some comfort in knowing you are NOT alone and you have many friends here just for showing up!

VAthens
01-13-05, 10:32 AM
My name is Victoria and I live on the Northwest side of Chicago. My 16year old daughter has just been diagnosed with ADD the inatentive type. Struggling in High School and I'm looking for suggestions. Thanks!

PurpleMicaZX7
01-16-05, 02:34 AM
Hello all. I'm from Northwest side of Chicago. I was diagnosed with ADHD several months ago but I (and everyone else) always knew that I wasn't 'normal' :D
Just started meds a few weeks ago.

I am 26 years old and a senior at UIC. I am engaged to be married in May. No kids, but have 3 cats, 2 aquariums full of fish, and 1 very large rottweiler (my baby girl).

sosninity
03-13-05, 09:11 PM
Lissa, When I look at my messy apartment, I try to remind myself of the neighbor who told me about 25 years ago, "Whatever you are, you're not lazy."

Gil R
06-11-05, 08:20 AM
Hello. Im Gil and i live in Hoffman Estates which is a northwest
suburb of Chicago. I was diagnosed with ADHD in December, but
i have had problems my whole life. I can become very hyper and
inattentive. It is hard for me to control my anger and it is very
violent.

JR_ADD
08-24-05, 03:10 AM
ahhh, wear to begin? I'm a 44 y/o man. As of eight months ago, my Docs agree I have ADHD Inattentive along with depression, features of OCD, anxiety... no psychosis or schizophrenia, thankfully. Unfortunately, things are still pretty crummy.


My Docs are very frustrated. They've gone through their bag of tricks and things have shown a little improvement, in certain areas. I did read "You Mean I'm not Crazy, Stupid or Lazy..." I thought I was reading the user manual somebody neglected to pack with me when I was born! Enlightening, but frightening

So, fellow residents of NW Cook County - What specialist(s) are/have you seen? Who's worked for you? What have you learned? What would you do/not do again?


Feel free to send me a private message.

Thanks!

JR_ADD
08-24-05, 03:38 AM
Hi Victoria,

I just joined the forum today. I'm an adult with ADD Inattentive, so I understand what your daughter is experiencing. Not knowing anything at all about your situation, I'll work from my own history.

If ever there was a case for unconditional love & acceptance, your daughter is experiencing it. Being challenged yet having enough skills to fake your way is a tough way to live. My folks turned it into a character issue and at 44, I'm still paying for their maladaptive behavior in so many ways.

If I were in your shoes, I'd read "You Mean I'm not Crazy, Stupid or Lazy?"; I'd listen (as opposed to read) to Dr. Stephen Coveys' "7 Habits of Highly Effective Families"; I'd hire a tutor who knows how to relate what my child is learning in school, to something with which they are engaged. I'd find a coach to help her learn how to live with this disability. Since English is a problem, I'd encourage her to read. I wouldn't care what she read, as long as she was reading something that interested her and hopefully, would ultimately begin to challenge her.

I would always, always make sure she knows it's not a character flaw, she's not dumb or lazy or crazy. I would do all that's possible to ensure she's internalized that she's good enough to love, to be loved, to like and respect herself and to enjoy life.

She's lucky to have a Mother who loves her and who wants to learn and understand. Good luck to you both.

JR

My name is Victoria and I live on the Northwest side of Chicago. My 16year old daughter has just been diagnosed with ADD the inatentive type. Struggling in High School and I'm looking for suggestions. Thanks!

Natural Decline
08-30-05, 06:49 AM
Hello!
I'm 33, female, married with no kids, and I live in Chicago.
I was diagnosed with ADD in April and I'm still in the beginning stages of sorting out three decades of a big mess. I'm making progress, though, I think. :)

luv123
09-24-05, 03:22 AM
Hello

I'm a 24 year old female and my boyfriend suffers from ADHD. My boyfriend lives in the North Shore Suburbs of Illinois and I am looking for a therapist that specializes in behavioral modification therapy for patients with ADHD. Any help on this issue would greatly be appreciated.

Thanks

Andrew
09-29-05, 10:35 AM
luve123,

You might want to check this list: http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9418

ChicagoADDGuy
09-29-05, 04:56 PM
Hello all, My name is Jim and I was diagnosed with ADD when I was 4 back in 1982 (I will let you do the math). I live in the City and work downtown. My association to ADD is that I have been on Meds basically my whole life. I also find ADD to be a gift and a curse. I would like to form some kind of group with other adults or teens with ADD in Chicago, what do you think? Nothing major just hanging out every couple of months. I dont have any friends with ADD and sometimes I can feel a little isolated. I will check back later to see what people think. Great site! I am glad I found it!

Jim

AndrewG
10-16-05, 02:20 PM
I'm a 22(1983) yr old guy and live about 40min north of Chicago near the Volo/Mchenry area.

I'm definately up for meeting more people like myself. I have trouble finding people that can understand me at all. I sure would love to meet a nice ADD girl from around here.... :D

Anyways, this forum is really great. I can't believe how much of the statements apply to my life. It's weird how so many ADHDers have the same issues.


-Andrew-

speakpeace
07-13-06, 06:11 AM
Hmmm...no new members on this Illinois roll call since '05.

I'm in the throes of assimilating the stacks of ADD info I've read since being diagnosed in Oct '05 from an intellectual understanding into my belief system. I KNOW that I shouldn't feel ashamed for my unique neurology and should enjoy all the ADD traits that have set me on a unique and colorful course in life. However, I'm struggling to live with these facts with the painful daily experiences of difficulty I have in daily tasks.

It's so hard for people- especially my husband- not to judge me when they live with the consequences of my forgetfulness, lack of organization, distractibility. Which makes it hard not to judge myself, but I am learning. I've made some remarkable achievements in life and know I have many more where they came from. It's not the ADD that's holding me back, but the discouragement and wariness that comes from so much 'failure'.

Getting fired from a well-paying job I was well-qualified for was my wake-up call that I was not functioning as fully as I was destined and resulted in my ADD inattentive diagnosis. I am currently a stay-at-home mom with many passions and interests. I am actively learning and training others in Nonviolent Communication which has given me hope in ending the self-judgement and building really bridges of connection with those around me.

For now, I'll be vague and say that I am in central Illinois. I'm not yet ready to divulge to many details since I have young child and probably should protect our family's privacy.

I've had an interesting and exciting life with lots of travel abroad and the current adventure of attachment parenting a delightful 5yo girl.

On this board I hope to be a source of inspiration and to seek inspiration from others who are learning to appreciate their whole selves- ADD and all.

Eureka
09-21-06, 05:15 PM
Illinois doesn't seem to have too many ADD'rs, or those who would admit that they have it, and take the time to write about it. Hmmm. Im from the Chicago Burbs - love it here. I was diagnosed with ADD when I was in my early 20's, took ritalin for 6 years and adderall for 7 years. I've decided it's time to cool it with the meds. The adderall was great, it just made me emotionally wack sometimes.

I hope to hear from you soon. Drop me a line any time.

Chad

VisualImagery
09-21-06, 09:23 PM
I live in Southern Illinois and grew up in the suburbs of Chi-town! However, Missouri is much more like home to me because Southern Illinois is so far removed from the rest of the state! I now travel 70 miles directly west and and bam, I am in Missouri! In fact, I taught in an Illinois school and could see the arch everyday on my way to work! Beautiful.

I have ADD-dx'd at 48, started meds a year later-that is why I see a psydoc and not a GP (He is from Canada, could that make a difference in his medical approach?) I am a second career teacher-subbing since my last position was eliminated. I am looking at other career possibilities, but there are very few opps for women and minorities around here. I am hoping to be hired as an art teacher at the local high school, but my chickens are still eggs and not hatched at the moment.

3 kids, boy 25-active duty Marine from 99-03, Eng and Hist major at SIUC-honor student, engage-no ring, to a great young woman who can keep him humble; daughter 23 and son-in-law 30 + baby 1, daughter 16-straight A's and no ADD and so easy to raise. DH is an analytical chemist at a environmental testing lab. 3 dogs, 2 rat terriers, Ziggy, Reggae, the bros, and Nya-the girl. We live in a large brown brick 1940's cotttage that I love and have put a lot of work into! Love my house and hope it gets organized soon. HA We have been here 28 years and I hope we can move to a bigger city when #3 is out of school in 08! Either that or I will.

The rest of my family is in Houston and Chattanooga-we get together in Houston every Christmas. I am also a Texan at heart but my dam yankee dh does not want to move south-I would but not too near family, god bless em and keep far enough away from me. I love them but ....you know what I mean.

My docs are all in St. Louis which gives me a chance to visit my favorite museum, and visit a huge Borders, go to good fabric stores, and to Art Mart to get my art material fix every so often. Very dangerous retail therapy.

Pretty good life much of the time except for fibro flares, not having a regular job, and some tough family stessors.

RADD

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Andew and all you Northern Illinoisians,

Illinois is a weird state-to explain the whole story would get into forbidden political issues-there is Northern Illinois-about 6-8 hours north of me. I live in an area called the Heartland that encompasses Southern Illiniois, Metro East Illinois, St. Louis and the area west and south of it, Western KY and Southern Indiana. A Roll call group would make much more sense for all us because the total from the farthest edges would be about 3 hours. Plus, we have nothing much in common with the northern members of our state-it is true-they barely know we we live down here-it is a very stratified state-big city and rural hicks. People in Southern Illinois, which includes Carbondale, home of SIUC, go to St. Louis, Springfield, and sometimes Paducah Kentucky for medical care. Memphis is about 5 hours from here, just to give you a few points of reference.

Would you consider rethinking the divisions by geographic area? Missouri is considered a midwestern state-not a southern state in all the info we have in this area about tourism and is stated nightly on St. Louis news-we don't get Chicago news, weather or sports at all. Unless it is a Cubs/Cards game or Rams/Bears game.

http://www.answers.com/topic/missouri

This link contains encyclopedia links explaining the history of MO-and they continually state that it is a Midwestern state. The only reasons for the southern designation if because it is a former pro-slavery state and some collegiate sports organizations still debate it because of what conference their teams would be part of.

Thanks for reading my mini-history lesson and considering my thoughts about roll call-we could be a fairly active group around here with the vast number of colleges, universities, and top-ranked teaching and non-teaching hospitals! In fact, our area lends itself to being able to have actual face-to-face meetings if members would like that!

I volunteer to to be the Heartland of America coordinator if you like! We are the Gateway the west-right on the Mississippi!

jenlynn4673
10-18-06, 12:21 PM
Hi, I am new on this board.
I live just north of Rockford, Illinois.
Me and my sons are ADD.

Sidetracked78
01-03-07, 01:28 PM
I'm 28 years old, live in River Grove (near Rosemont) and was just officially diagnosed a few weeks ago.

BabblingBrooke
01-20-07, 02:10 AM
I know this post is old, but I am answering.

Brooke
Chicago, Illinois
Adult ADD & 15yr old son with ADHD

bluesman
01-20-07, 03:45 AM
thought I'd post something. Been quite a while since I've been here.

Not in Illinois any more, in Las Vegas now. Will be returning in the not so near future.

So, hello addforums.

hope4two
04-22-07, 05:57 PM
I am a mother with ADD who has 3 children . Two of my children have ADD/ADHD. My husband is ADD (unmedicated). It is chaos at our home to say the least. In 11years of marriage my husband has changed jobs 6 times which has taken us from California to Tennessee and now to Illinois in July. Looking for friends if anyone lives near mundelein !

Edward
04-27-07, 02:09 AM
I go all over, Cook, DeKalb, Dupage, and Boone, born in Chicago tho (Cook's the best IMO)
I'm a college student w/ ADHD

adreanasmom
12-04-09, 08:30 AM
Hi There....
I know it's been a long time since you've posted your message; hopefully your still active in this forum.

I'm in Elmwood Park; so we are neighbors!!!

:):):)

Spence's Mom
04-26-10, 08:06 PM
so the last one from Illinois was 2 0 0 9!!! Can not be...

I am mom to an ADD-I recent Dx. Looking for a Psychiatrist for myself in the Northern burbs.

kristymarie_24
06-28-10, 11:05 AM
I'm Kristy 27 from Merrionette Park, IL (sw burbs) and I was diagnosed last week with innatentive add

lilnana
06-06-11, 11:15 AM
lilnana - Wow, it's been over a year since someone introduced themselves! Has Illinois been cured/deprived of its AD/HD population??? ;) Anyhow, I'm a recent transplant; I'm a grad student studying history in the city of Chicago. I would love to make contact with other AD/HDers in the greater Chicago area, for the purposes of support, encouragement, and exchanging information. Best, lilnana:rolleyes:

Drewbacca
04-17-12, 12:32 AM
lilnana - Wow, it's been over a year since someone introduced themselves! Has Illinois been cured/deprived of its AD/HD population??? ;) Anyhow, I'm a recent transplant; I'm a grad student studying history in the city of Chicago. I would love to make contact with other AD/HDers in the greater Chicago area, for the purposes of support, encouragement, and exchanging information. Best, lilnana:rolleyes:

haha I think you are right, seeing as I'm a transplant too and it's been another year!

I've bounced around the last few years from Pittsburgh, PA to Seattle, Wa, to Naperville, IL. I left Seattle due to depression/anxiety/adhd-pi. I'm currently in school out here and hopefully will graduate this time around... I'm 32 at the time of this post and who knows if I'll still be living here by the time the next post is made. LOL I'm a Navy vet and something like a fifth year college senior now! *sigh* I've only recently accepted my diagnosis after almost failing out of school a third time. In the past, I always blamed depression/anxiety when adhd was the underlying cause all along.

adhdgrownup
12-18-12, 11:44 AM
Does anyone from IL post on this thread anymore? Would love to connect with other Illinoiians to share info & support.

RobotInDisguise
07-05-13, 08:04 AM
Hi, I'm moving to Illinois this August, so the state's gonna get a new ADHD resident in a bit. Diagnosed during the last semester of my Master's program with the combined type.