View Full Version : Roll Call - Oregon Attention Deficit Disorder

12-20-03, 07:09 PM
This is a roll call for members living in Oregon . Please give a brief intro.

Relationship to AD/HD

Susan Baer
12-26-03, 10:12 PM

I'm Susan Baer, aka ADD_Brain, and I live in SE Portland, Oregon.

I was diagnosed hyperactive in 3rd grade back in the '60s – but they told me I'd outgrow it as I grew up. ;) I was diagnosed again in late '94 and tried *lots* of different treatments (meds and "natural" both) though I still felt fuzzy half the time. Early in '03, I switched doctors and went on ritalin LA twice a day and ever since, I've been *really productive*! :D

My partner (who is also ADD) and I have a software business. We released a new product at the CHADD conference in October – ADD Planner, designed by and for people with ADD!

Phong Vu PDX
08-23-04, 03:02 PM
David Lawrence, or for the select few who really know me, Phong Vu PDX.

Diagnosed with ADD about five years ago. Trying to find a decent doctor and get my meds right. And trying to find others in Portland, OR who are blessed with Brain Tornados, or Head Hurricanes or whatever one wishes to call ADD.

So, if you are out there, just say howdy. And don't forget to wipe your feet.

11-14-04, 07:35 PM
howdy oregon and david

my name is jody horner i am origanally from dalton georgia been in oregon 6 weeks lovin it....umm i was tested at 4 i am 29 i dont no really when i was diagnosed but i am adhd............i hope that we can talk some time my yahoo name is on my profile i am on yahoo quite a bit so fill fre to im me or email me i hope we get to talks soon with any of you wonderfull guys.......i am from ga as i said i been traveling for a few months and hope to settle my self down one day but untill then i will stay with grey hound lol any hoe i am 29 live in albany oregon liek it quiet nice here i dont no what else to say but i am so glad miss mary told me of this site maybe i can get a handle on my self now meeting more people witht he same thing and problems as i do am very open to communcation with others you all have a wonderfull day and god bless


jody horner aka jobiedobie2000

12-04-04, 11:15 AM
I'm in Oregon too. Been here for years. I'm 41 yrs old, married, and have 3 teen boys. (Great kids by the way). Just recently got diagnosed with ADHD. And (if it's possible to have a life long comorbid side effect) I'm hoping my anxiety and depression will lift upon treatment of my ADD too.


12-29-04, 04:55 PM
Hello all,

I was born and raised in Cottage Grove, now living in Eugene.
I found out about A.D.D. from a radio commercial that I heard soon after finishing high school. At first, it was empowering. Finally, my childhood made sense. The fact that I had never, ever concentrated on anything in my entire life. My ability to laugh at absolutely anything for no reason at all.

Ultimately, I came to view it as an imprisoning burden and it led me to regard myself as defective. I withdrew from reality altogether and resorted to being stolid. I became gradually harder on myself, faulting my self for every slip-up in my past. Angst, sorrow, guilt, shame and doubt replaced the “empowerment”, all without genuine justification.
As you can imagine, this fomented a morbid depressive episode, with which I am dealing to this day. It stems from my uncanny inability to relate to people and just make sense of things in general. This led to the least productive outcome imaginable- - namely, wallowing in self-pity while hiding behind SSRIs. Even finding a wonderful woman, completing my B.A. and buying a home soon thereafter didn’t ease my frustration.
I understand that these forums are big on catharsis, but what I originally sought was how do I “fix” my problem; how do I make it “go away”. I know now that this is unrealistic and I must accept this condition as a fundamental, holistic aspect of my being. This includes, but is not limited to my psyche, my spirit, my perspectives, personal history and life philosophy, just for starters.
If there is something to be learned here, it is I yearn not for sympathy but understanding and acceptance.

02-04-05, 12:19 AM
Hello, all!

I was born in Eugene and fluorished in an alternative school down there until third grade when we moved to Portland. I was "clever" enough to escape diagnosis until just 6 weeks ago, age 30. I still don't understand how nobody put two and two together... I was in a special "gifted underachievers" class in Jr. High, even! I'm still going through the grieving process of what I could've done with my talents if I'd "only applied myself," but I'm very relieved to be dx'd b/c now I can start work on repairing my self-esteem. "No, I'm not just stubborn and lazy and flighty," and all that.
Am so glad to have found this forum and others who I feel so much connection to and understanding from.

02-04-05, 12:40 AM
Do any of you go to group meetings in town? Use AD/HD coach?

09-22-05, 09:46 PM
Hey my name is Autumn and I live in salem... been here for 9 months, having a really rough time right now

09-22-05, 11:05 PM
Good evening ladies and gentleman hopefully I can get my fustrations out about my ADHD on this site and someone can give me insight. I have been diagnosed with ADHD since i was 6 years old. The most recent diagnosses was in 1998. Since then it has gone downhill grately. When i was diagnosed in 1998 they said it was ADD mixed type and was a light case. At this point in my life i can not hold down a full time job because" I am too slow and my quality is not great" I have been off of medication for several years after a scarey time with the meds when I was sick. I was put on medication back in 1998 in 1999 I got in to some trouble with a URI and the meds caused me to get really sick. They were doing EKG every other day they thought that I was going to stroke out. So needless to say they took me off the medication. I am now trying to get new paperwork completed and get on meds for it. I am basically going in circles because i can not get the help that I am trying to find. Most doctors want hundreds of dollers to do the paper work and right now I can not find a steady job that will last more then two weeks because of the ADD. Does anyone have any advice that they can give me to get me on the right track? I feel like i am going in circles and this is really really fustrating to me. I live in salem oregon and they do not have any help for people with ADHD with mental health. Any help would be appriciated.

10-07-05, 04:42 PM
My name is Nicki. I live in Eugene/Springtucky. Always knew I had something of the sort but never started getting things sorted out til about 4 months ago.

12-28-05, 02:28 PM

I live in Portland Oregon, and am 33yrs old. I was diagnosed with ADHD about 3 months ago. It is reasuring to see that there are others out there like me!
I am finally starting to feel ok with who I am. I have great doctors here in Portland, I feel very lucky for that.

Thanks everyone!

03-20-06, 09:28 AM
Good Day...

I'm new to the board..and my son has been diagnosed with Audio Processing Disorder, Dyslexia and ADD. He is 10 and is at at a 2nd grade level in school (is in 4th).

We live in Vale, Ore. Where is that?? On the other side of the state on the Idaho border ;-)

I have the most WONDERFUL school...they are honestly like family. I also have a wonderful pediatrician (Dr. Sandra Dunbrasky) and pyschologist (Mr. Daily) that we are working with here.

We are early on the road of this new adventure...but with such good support I feel nothing but positive for my son.

For being *small town*...we have a lot of people that have a lot of heart.

Glad to have found this great support group.

05-13-06, 02:37 PM
Keizer Oregon

My son and I have ADD and he has Aspergers Syndrome as well...

06-28-06, 01:25 AM
My name is Marie, I live in Portland Or. Have been here most of my life. All through out my 30 year history I have felt like my brain was pretty much scrambled. Going to the Dr. to get myself in control has been a long process, but I am hoping that it will come out with a happy ending.
I am so pleased to see this type of supportive site and to realise that this isn't something that I suffer with alone. I will be on here often to read and offer any type of support to others that i can.

04-07-07, 07:09 PM
Hi :)

I'm only just beginning to realize what having ADD means to me and I've got extremely mixed emotions about the whole thing. Lucky for me (haha) I've also got an extremely warped sense of humor so I find myself laughing almost as much as well....crying or being angry because it took this long for someone to figure it out.

I'm 31, I live just outside Eugene,OR, I'm a single Mom, and my son (otherwise known as the light of my life) is just shy of two years old.
Of course I have a million things to say! But I've been avoiding writing this intro for days and if I spend any more time on it I'll never get around to exploring the forums. :p

Lovely to "meet" y'all
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05-15-07, 11:10 PM
My name is Matt and I live in Hillsboro. I am a married 33 yo with two kids. I was diagnosed two months ago, and it has explained oh so much about my life. To be honest, we are both a little overwhelmed. I need to learn and relax...I couldn't even finish typing this post in one sitting. It get's so frustrating. Look forward to chatting.

09-30-07, 10:55 AM
Hi! I am 42 year old landscape designer that has finally took a look at the whole ADD gig and feel like it is finally time to do something about it! I have went in and out of doing research on it, but did not take it seriously. I live with my husband in the Beaverton area with five cats. I absolutely love to garden, or do anything that is visually stimulating!

I am interested in talking to anyone who has found a good professional in our area to see regarding this. I am still needing to actually be diagnosed, but based on what I have read, that will take...well...about 2 seconds!


01-04-08, 03:24 PM

The Oregon section here does not seem very active, and that seems to mirror my experience in trying to find local (PDX) ADD resources (Physicians willing/able to test, diagnose, and treat, and support groups). I'd love to hear about any known Adult ADD resources from Hillsboro to Downtown PDX, especially doctors knowledgeable about it in adults.

So, as you might guess, I have pretty much self diagnosed. I recently read "Driven to Distraction" and reviewed all my report cards and teacher comments from K-12 and am in a period of severe professional boredom. Looking for some diagnossis and treatment. My sons both have it too, one diagnosed and on Ritilan, the other borderline and manageable w/out meds.

I tired to pursue a diagnosis for myself 15 years ago, but at the time the insurance companies did not recognize it as a biological condition and so they refused coverage, and I could not afford it. I kinda lost hope but with my sons recently being diagnosed, and reading through the various books, and reflecting on my past and my dad, I can definitely see a pattern of ADD - Inattentive.

Anyway, here I am, looking for PDX area resources, so if you know of any, please reply or PM me.



PS: I did talk to Lorna Huddleston in Corvallis and have messages in with the OHSU Adult ADD clinic and Lisa Poast up in Bellingham, WA, just too impatient to sit back and wait for replies ;)

11-20-08, 04:43 AM
Hi All I am a 26 year old woman living Or at least trying to with ADD, I have a Family two small children that deserve the best... Coping with this disorder is so difficult I feel I have a severe case, Sounds affect me severly even to much touching I am hyper sensitive to everything and moody the list goes on....
Its difficult for anyone without this to understand because they see a normal person and think or say '' Well Control it " , I wish it was that easy!
Trying to cope ...

moss man
12-05-08, 08:23 PM
Hi :)

I'm only just beginning to realize what having ADD means to me and I've got extremely mixed emotions about the whole thing. Lucky for me (haha) I've also got an extremely warped sense of humor so I find myself laughing almost as much as well....crying or being angry because it took this long for someone to figure it out.

I'm 31, I live just outside Eugene,OR,

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Ditto that, except I'm a guy and I don't have a kid . . . .

04-14-09, 03:41 AM
Hi im *somebody new*and im from the dirty south.. Medford ;)

I was acknowledged as having the touch back when i was in elementary school.. its been a mixture of curses and blessings since.. but has reared its vicious head recently into the "curse" category.

Found the forum here for obvious reasons and really thankful that i have =)

10-20-10, 05:53 PM

Name is Albert, and I live in SE Portland. Stay at home dad, father of a beautiful little 3 year old. Recently diagnosed, 2 moths ago.

Has any one found a good doctor or therapist, or other ADHD resources in Portland?

12-06-10, 10:23 AM
Hello all, My name is Danny, I'm 54 years old, have had A.D./H.D. all of my life or as far as I can remember. I never had it good in school in the sixtys in southern Calif. they had no name for what I had, I was just a pain to the teachers and school, my Dad haited me and life was all bad, when I was 9 my grandfather died, and my hwhole world changed, we moved to Oregon and I didn't fix at all. I got put back two grades and was ridicualed by the other kids for it , I did well on tests, but didn't do the daily work, so they always told me I cheated and was told in the start of the 10th grade the classes didn't challenge me and that I should drop out of school, so my Mom let me, I just messed around for two years and went into the Army, I did ok there, felt after 16 yrs. I had no real direction, so I for some weird reason took an I.Q. test, I scored 136, and then took a G.E.D., this said I woud have graduated in the top 12 % for the nation if I was in school, real weird for me, I had always been told I was stuoid, and didn't apply myself,well I just kind of worked here and there , then I got on with the Oregon State department of Corrections, I have been here for 20 yrs. I have two medals , one for lifesaving, and the medle of Valor, but I still have no value in the eyes of my supervisors, I try harder than any one else to fit, to be seen as like the other, but , no I'm treated as lees than . Now we have a new superintendent who has visions of grandeur, and has been trying to fire me for the last yr. so it's been bad, real bad for me. For the fist time in my life I have to take pills for depression and anxiety, huge doses. my Doc. upped my Ritalin then last week changed me to adderall er ,WOW what a difference, I feel good again, kind of what I think normal people feel like, though I really don't know what normal is. I am just trying to seek out others in my same or similar situation. I really have no friends, no one to talk to so here I am.

12-06-10, 02:14 PM
Welcome Danny. Life with ADHD can be tough. But we all can make it.

I suggest posting your thought under the "Adults with ADD" section of this forum and you will get a lot more response. This roll call section is kinda slow.

Another quick thing I can think of is that ADHD is covered under the American's with disabilities act. That means it's illegal to fire you for problems related to your ADHD. There is this book call " Taking charge of adult ADHD" by Russel Barker that talks about it and how you can go about it at the work place. It weighs the pro's and con's. Might be a good place for you to start.

Good luck Danny!

10-07-11, 12:18 PM
Yes, i suffered from add all my life and never have been treated. I recently moved to Oregon from Connecticut. I Do not have insurance but i am suffering greatly. I already had severe add before moving here, now i am helping take care of 3 young boys with my girlfriend. Yes, my life is very hard now. I cannot focus at all, i cannot read anything. I cannot enjoy life or even be able to experience it properly.

I need an add specialist or a doctor i can see. I really need some help.

Thank you all for listening to my story.

As i grew older my symptoms have gotten worse and worse. When i think back as a child and going through school, i always had this problem but not nearly as severe.

Cedar lea
11-25-12, 06:15 PM

I'm Lea, I'm 34 and I live in Portland. I was diagnosed with ADHD as a kid in the Coos Bay area. I've been untreated since and am thinking that now is a good time to explore other options.

12-03-14, 11:36 PM
been awhile since there was a post here in THESE PARTS....

I was curious if anyone is from oregon, just hasn't said so?

like as far north, and as far west, as you can get...
right there on the TIP.

thanks for having this website and the OVERWHELMING amt of info!!