View Full Version : Roll Call - Canada Attention Deficit Disorder

12-20-03, 07:24 PM
This is a roll call for members living in Canada . Please give a brief intro.

Relationship to AD/HD

12-26-03, 11:12 PM
Garry from Clinton Ontario

Would like to see a non formal group of ADDers get together once a month for fellowship

12-27-03, 01:03 AM
Blueguy from the Niagara region. I'd like to be involved.

12-27-03, 01:43 AM
Ian south of Winnipeg in Sunny Manitoba.

12-27-03, 03:56 AM
Mike from Montreal, QC. Undiagnosed ADD.

12-27-03, 04:54 AM
I`m in Vancouver, BC, UBC Campus.
I started to put together an AD/HD Support Group with another student.. but it didn`t get completed. We had issues trying to figure out how to get organized and I havn`t talked to him since.

12-27-03, 05:09 PM
Cursed/Blessed with add(all three major subtypes),
with a dollop of dysthymia, NATHALIE hails from Taxland, the Nation's Capital. We have sparse resources for adults in this neck of the woods! SOS !:rolleyes:

12-28-03, 05:18 PM
I'm SweetnSour and I live north of Winnipeg. My daughter has ADHD, she is also getting other tests done for, epilipsey and bi polar. I have my fingers crossed.

12-30-03, 09:48 AM
Pauline from the Haliburton Hinterlands of Ontario and I'm over 3 hours from anywhere.
Although not "formally" diagnosed (how does an adhd adult come up with the $800 for psychometric services???), it has been plaguing my existence or making life interesting (depending on how depressed I am) for 50 years.

Also have a clueless support team (family doctor, psychologist and psychiatrist) -- I have asked them for help but I guess I need to make more noise or something.

12-30-03, 11:46 AM
Paul from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Self, and later professionally, diagnosed with ADD and extreme weirdness. :D

And Pauline... you just got a support team with a clue. Hang out here more at the forums and we will try to help you as much as we can.

12-30-03, 12:30 PM
Tee hee...
Speaking of support groups... I tried to start one, but uh... the ADHD prevailed. It was a long complicated process of trying to find someone who could lead it (sponsor it...) for a long time at the university. We would be classified as a "club" which was another issue altogether. Can you believe the there is currently no AD/HD support group in the Vancouver lower mainland? The nearest one is out in Port MOody I believe.

12-31-03, 09:58 PM
SHHHH! Paul !
Don't bring up the weirdness diagonosis, it's liable to show up in the DSM-5!!! ;)

01-01-04, 11:39 AM
Weirdness is a virtue.....
Thanks for the encouraging words clam.

01-07-04, 07:13 PM
Greg - From Mississauga/Toronto - but currently living in Huntsville, 140 miles north of the GTA.
Undiagnosed inattentive ADD, but hoping to change that soon - on waiting list of an adult ADD expert in T.O.

01-08-04, 03:06 PM
Hi Gregster and welcome. Welcome! Good luck with the T.O. expert. I am looking for an adult ADD expert as well. Any hints on how you found this person would be so welcome.

02-24-04, 12:43 PM
Hi, I'm Lexicon (aka Shane) from Brampton (near Toronto), and I'm a student at York University.

I was diagnosed as "hyperactive" when I was a child but nothing came of it. The doctor never mentioned the terms ADD or ADHD to me or my parents back then. I'm not really hyperactive anymore, I think my hyperactivity morphed into anxiety as people treated me like a freak, although when I get really comfortable with someone (like my fiancée) the ADD overcomes the anxiety and the hyperactivity comes out. So, anyway, I never really knew my former hyperactivity and current attention problems were ADD until I tried to get high off of Ritalin (I used to do drugs, not anymore) and found that I wasn't getting high but calmed and focussed.

After I got rediagnosed (sorta... I just kind of convinced my doctor I have ADD--used a lot of old report cards that said I had trouble completing tasks, not working to my full potential, etc.) and got on meds. Since then I finished high school (I was a drop-out at the time), got into university, and now I'm actually going off to law school next year, something I absolutely could never have done if I didn't get help for my ADD.

04-15-04, 01:13 PM
Jeffrey from Toronto, Ontario. Diagnosed ADD.

04-17-04, 05:54 PM
dolphin, here , ottawa, ontario, of course. Mother of one child with adhd and an undiagnosed adhd husband . Here's how we found a physchiatrist for my husband. We went through the yellow pages and looked for physchiatrists and made a list and then started phoning them and asking if they dealt with adult add. It took us a few days but we found one and now we're wiating for him to go to his appointment which is at the end of may

04-17-04, 10:55 PM
Brian Toronto just discovering that I might have ADD need lots of information where to go and get tested
So Hello and any information would be great

05-18-04, 10:39 PM
Hi everyone!

I was diagnosed with ADD late fall 2003 at the age of 39. I currently live in Guelph and I am seeing a doctor specializing in ADD in Oakville.

I was wondering if anyone knows of other ADD specialist that may be easier for me to get to.


07-18-04, 06:42 PM
aka Danielle, Southwestern Ontario, Just diagnosed two weeks ago, not yet on meds.

07-20-04, 11:23 AM
Chantale, living in Toronto, starting the diagnostic procedures tomorrow....

cyberaven >> try the Homewood... (near the Guelph General hospital), that is where my uncle was diagnosed

07-20-04, 10:31 PM
Mandy, from Moosejaw Saskatchewan! LOL, I have family out in huntsville gregster! I used to go out there quite often as a child, i loved it!!! I was diagnosed with ADD intentive/impulisive at age 7.

07-27-04, 03:23 PM
Annis from Grande Prairie, AB. ADD, 51 yrs old, married 29 yrs (how the hell did that happen? I only wanted to get laid!), grandmother (nothing better in the whole world), broker's assistant, ADD much better since menopause, great mother-in-law (not ADHD related but some things just require boasting about).

07-27-04, 03:25 PM
Shane - what a fabulous story! You are some amazing person.

07-27-04, 07:34 PM
Hi, my name's Thalia and I'm 22 years old. I was born and raised in Toronto but I go to the University of Windsor during the year.

08-17-04, 11:55 AM
Can anyone give references to doctors in Toronto who specialize in Adult ADD? My family doctor tried to get me into the Hincks ADD program but they have an year-long waiting list. he suggested i contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons to find out who was practicing and he would refer me but all I got was general information regarding psychiatrists. If anyone else has gone through this--the testings, etc. and can help out in letting me know if there is anyone good out there and what i might expect I would really appreciate it.

08-20-04, 04:21 PM
Its Julia here from Mississauga, Ontario Canada! I'm an adult with ADD who is also an ADD Coach. I am new to the forum and looking forward to getting to know all of you!

Take care!

Tired Momma
08-24-04, 08:35 PM
I'm a parent of an ADHD kid from Edmonton, Alberta

Tired Momma
08-25-04, 10:20 AM
I'm a Mom of 2 from Edmonton, Alberta. My yougest (boy - 16) is ADHD, he was diagnosed at age 7 after many years of frustration and anxiety (on my part!)

08-30-04, 01:10 AM
I have ADD and I'm an adult ADD Coach. More info about me is on my website

URL removed by Admin

There is an ADD support group in Vancouver, in fact there's 2.

One is CHADD Vancouver

URL removed by Admin. If you would like to post Support group info please post the actual text on ADD Forums.

Ph: 604-222-4043

The other one is the Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group, which I lead. It's an affiliate of CHADD Vancouver. Both groups have monthly meetings.

URL removed by Admin. If you would like to post Support group info please post the actual text on ADD Forums.

ph 604-263-6997. Next meeting is on procrastination sept 28 at 7 pm at the Vancouver Firehall Library.

I'll be doing an interactive presentation on coaching at the next CHADD Vancouver meeting sept 21 at 7pm 210 West Broadway for those in the Vancouver area.

I also have a list of doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists in the Vancouver area who are known to diagnose and treat ADD. Email me from my website if you're in the local area and need some names.


09-18-04, 01:33 PM
Hi there, SpinningTop here from Vancouver. Fairly recently diagnosed (although I've identified with descriptions of inattentive ADD found in self-help books)

I'm discovering that medication only does so much. Lifts the fog, but the challenge of developing good working habits remains.

09-18-04, 01:45 PM
As Edward Hallowell says "pills don't teach skills". Mediation is useful but it's only part of the solution. Therapy, coaching, and support groups can be extremely useful for the behavioral parts.

Pete Quily

09-22-04, 02:47 PM
Hello from Moncton, NB. Slowpoke, I know exactly what you mean about there being no local AD/HD support group. When I asked the psychologist who made my diagnosis if there was an AD/HD support group in our area, he said there used to be, but there wasn't enough participation to keep it going. He suggested maybe I should start one up. I kind of gave him a look that said "Are you nuts? I'm just barely starting to get a ggrip on my own AD/HD, how in the heck would I be able to handle organizing and running a support group? (LOL)

09-30-04, 04:28 PM
My name's Mike and I was diagnosed with ADD by a very astute psychiatrist while I was attending a vocational rehabilitition program. I was late for the appointment, and since I'd heard that this particular psychiatrist got hostile with late-comers, I was very much on the defensive, sweating profusely and just about ready to punch the first person who spoke to me in the face. Very blandly, he looked me over and asked whether I had ever been diagnosed with ADD. I was shocked and flabbergastered. I had been diagnosed earlier with a bi-polar condition, but now here was something entirely different. I'd heard nothing good about ADD up until that time and I was insulted that he should even suggest such a thing.
Well, I do have it, folks, and once this doctor put me on dexedrine, I've never looked back. All I needed was something like a little electrical charge to get me going - I always supected it was something like that, I just didn't know what it was called.
Hi, and thanks for reading this lengthy introduction. I'm a writer, I can't stop writing, that's my trouble, and I can't stop talking either - drives my wife crazy! This is one marriage in which the man outtalks the woman by a factor of about 10:1.
I'm almost 60, but I look and feel about 45, they tell me. I'm starting life all over again. York University, here in Toronto, lets students over 60 in for free. Since I have no money, this is terrific news. I've wanted to pursue my music career for years, and now I'll have the chance. I guess there are some good things about ADD - and getting old, too!



09-30-04, 05:59 PM
Gee I just LOVE good news!! Nice going Mike! I've always said you never stop having potential till you push up daisies and you totally prove it!

10-01-04, 02:58 PM
Hi, I'm Tiana, a married sahm of four, southeast of Winnipeg. I was diagnosed about 2 1/2 yrs ago. My suspicions were raised through talking with my cousin - she and 2 of her kids have ADD. SO much of what she said rang true with how I'd felt my whole life!

She recommended a psychologist in Wpg, whom I'd met when our oldest kids went to Kindergarten together. He was/is marvelous. I'm not yet trying any meds, as I've been either pregnant or nursing. :D But I will try meds in the future.

I would like to return to university when all the kids are well into school. Throughout my childhood, I was a straight A+ student; school was a 'breeze', I hardly had to concentrate at all on studying...which unfortunately, did me in very poor stead when I tried UofM at age 18! I was following my dream, architecture, but found myself completely lacking in confidence. I figured I'd made a mistake, and switched majors to what other people thought I should be taking...which was a complete disaster. I couldn't focus on a single task. Had no interest, and had NO study skills. :)

Anyway - since discovering my own ADD, I have used some external organizational methods to assist me in forming better habits...and of course some have worked better than others!! :D My dear hubby bought me a Visor a few years ago...I can currently find everything that came with it, but not the Visor itself... I did find an email group which helps remind me of household and the kids are slowly discovering what it's like to have regularly clean laundry.

K, 'nuff yapping. Glad to be here.

10-11-04, 07:43 PM
Hi, I'm Lorraine from Ottawa, Ontario. I am 49 yrs old and am grappling with the reality of discovering that I am ADD. I am looking for a physician/psychiatrist in Ottawa who treats ADD. Its very frustrating that you have to battle so hard to get the help you need!

11-02-04, 09:11 PM
Leah, from kingston Ontario....really would like to hear from someone in my immediate area...if anyone's around and want's to chat...feel free to drop me a private message so we can exchange email addy's :D

11-03-04, 08:57 PM
Hi everyone - I am a mother to a son who is 6 and adhd .. We live in Mississauga .. I am looking forward to meeting all of you .. Are there any CHADD groups around the Mississauga area any of you are familar with ? Pls advise ..

thanks so much

Im new at this and i am looking forward to this forumn

11-03-04, 09:26 PM
Welcome to you Serenity. There is a lot to sift through here so just take your time and poke around all the corners and see what is of interest to you.

There is a place to write an introduction if you wish and places for parental issues and many many more. There is a search function that can narrow things down for you quite well.

There are guidelines linked in my signature below that give a lot of information on how things operate around here. We are generally a forgiving lot though so don't fret about dotting all the "I's" and crossing all the "T's" too much.. heh

A quick google search didn't turn anything up. Maybe there is another group though. Let us know what you find along the way if we've missed something please.

11-07-04, 08:14 PM
Hello, I'm rainraven in BC.

Thought I had posted here, but I must have forgotten!;)

11-08-04, 02:10 AM
Great to have you aboard. Welcome to the funhouse! I'm in southern Manitoba.

11-26-04, 12:30 AM
Hey, I'm new here, obviously... I'm Christopher, I'm 16 and I have adhd. I'm in Ontario. Nice to meet y'all. <3 :p

11-26-04, 12:43 AM
ty cellar. Enjoy the ride! Questions about almost anything can find place here. It's quite the ticket. Glad you found your way here.
Cheers! Ian.

12-10-04, 04:55 AM
Hi, I'm Hil from Ottawa, Ontario :)
I was diagnosed with ADD w/o (though I used to be more hyperactive as a kid) when I was 17.

01-06-05, 11:17 PM
Rod Living in St. Catharines, born and raised in Saskatoon. I was hyperactive as a child but now I am struggling with attention and focus issues. Go Riders!

01-07-05, 12:47 PM
Go Riders? heheh you guys are all the same. I find it pretty darned endearing. I'm in Manitoba but I've spent a bunch of time touring your fine home province.

I went to school in Toronto and got my way around southern Ontario quite a bit. Apple cider was a favourite excuse to tour the south.

I just finished a book about a project down by the Cypress Hills called "Old Man On His Back". that might bring you back at least in your mind's eye.

Milne does an amazing job of capturing the subtleties of the area. It's one of my favourite places I've ever been too.

Welcome to the forums. Any questions bring them on.

01-11-05, 03:46 PM
Living in a little town , 30 minutes away from Montreal.

01-11-05, 04:11 PM
Welcome aboard!

01-13-05, 05:51 PM
My name is Sue, born in Vancouver and I am presently living and studying in Saskatoon. It's minus 44 with the windchill here today and I'm feeling a little...trapped. Probably doesn't help that I just turned 40 and moved back in with my mother (well, did that a few years ago, and she's supportive, thank god).
I'm glad I found this site as most of my friends are in Vancouver and every so often I realize just how cut-off I am from some of my most important relationships, the ones that help me know who I am. Of course, I'm also away from the control freaks and one or two psycho ex-boyfriends ;-) So it's not all bad.
Except for the minus 44 weather.

01-14-05, 12:39 AM
I'm south of Winnipeg. Glad to hear from you. I spent a number of years on the coast but can't say as I'd be tempted to move back there now.

I've got a brother in Saskatoon. It's my favourite city on the prairie. I love the music and the food. Makes Regina look like it's standing still.. :D

The cold you can learn to dress for. Check out a Mountain Equipment Co-op catalogue. :)
Cheers! and welcome. Ian.

01-19-05, 05:24 AM
I thought I'd already posted here...guess not..I'm Kimberley, I'm from British Columbia and I'm 18. Not diagnosed yet though...

01-19-05, 11:19 AM
Hi Kimberley.
I lived in BC for several years. Now I'm in southern Manitoba, and I enjoy the difference! Great to have you aboard.
Cheers! Ian

01-29-05, 05:33 AM
I'm Aronel, not sure about anything right now.
Maybe don't want to know.
I arrived here through some life events that sent me questing.
My husband left, my Son has ADD, and me, well, too much here makes sense...
I started the quest because of a weird event with a guy a year ago.. things got wacky before they even started. I knew he was ADHD (he says ADD); but the Quest is making me face myself.
Why is it that ADD's and ADHD's tend to gravitate ?
I have so many questions, I have so many things I wish someone to listen to...
I can't find where I put my new book on ADD friendly ways to organize your house...

01-29-05, 12:44 PM
Did you see the film "Into thin Air"? I see your location "up in the thin air" I used to be there too but now I'm a flat lander. Well within a few miles of the bald prairie anyway.

Welcome to the forums. It sounds as if it's time for a change for you. It sure was for me. I was diagnosed a few years ago but didn't take it too seriously. I crashed and burned into a mess 14 months ago or so and had to begin to consider the realities of life with ADHD.

Most of the resources and support I've found have come from here. There are quite a wide variety of people here that share their thoughts and wisdom. I hope you can find some strength here.

There are private forums here for adult relationship discussions as well as a private substance abuse forum. If you need access just drop me a private message and I can help you gain access.

A book I'm enjoying right now is Sari Solden's Journey through ADDulthood. I've also found myself a coach. She's started out simply as a therapist but I've groomed the relationship to resemble more coaching and that's been a big help. The therapy and coaching together is a great combination for me.

I'm a inattentive hyper type and stimulants help with that and are remarkably clean feeling. I use Dexedrine, but there is a lot we can do without medication to help ourselves.

Good luck and keep in touch. I look forward to seeing many posts from you. Dive right in.
Cheers! Ian.

01-30-05, 03:18 PM
My name is Laura and I live in B.C.. When I saw the picture of Old Man On His Back, I felt compelled to join the group. My father was born and raised in the Cypress Hills area and we still have family there. A colleague lent me _Wild Stone Heart_ by Saron Butala, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I look forward to reading _Old Man On His Back_.

01-30-05, 03:32 PM
That's wild. I just finished Sharon's "Old Man on His Back" I've done spent a lot of time on my stomach in the Cypress Hills. :) I love the short grass prairie there. The park there has just been designated a "dark sky preserve" which is really cool for me. There is a big star party there every year where astronomers show up with telescopes of all sizes and descriptions to enjoy the clean clear air.

If you like to read and have a soft spot for the area you might really enjoy the late Wallace Stegner's "Wolf Willow". I learnt my copy to my farrier and haven't seen it since!

Painting on Stone, Old man on his back.. oh that whole area really does it for me. I live south of Winnipeg on the Roseau River. The river cuts through the bottom third of our quarter. There is still an old Red River cart trail along the top of the embankment. We have some pockets of remnant tall grass prairie here. There is a wonderful preserve at Gardenton. I have a friend that works there. I sometimes help with the school trips there and that's a lot of fun.

Oh.. welcome to the forums! hehe
Cheers! Ian.

02-04-05, 01:00 AM
As a child, I made frequent visits to the Cypress Hills and, being a city kid, enjoyed the wide open spaces. I hadn't been back there in decades, but my new passion, genealogy, led me back there. I took time off work, something I never do, to attend a family wedding / reunion. My uncle drove my cousin and I on a cook's tour of the area and he showed us places we would have seen as children. We drove through the old home town, now a "ghost" town, and I was shocked to see the changes. It was a warm, sunny day in May and we stopped and got out of the car. I was overwhelmed by the quiet and felt the strongest impulse, a need, to stay there; I didn't, but the feeling is still with me. I will be back.


02-04-05, 11:24 AM
Words can't describe quite. I hunger for it when I'm away from home. The silence here can roar in your ears like a seashell sometimes.
Cheers! Ian.

02-09-05, 01:30 PM
Hi my name is Mary and I live in Welland Ontario. I recently diagnosed myself with A.D.D and will be seeing a psychiatrist Feb 16th for a professional diagnosis. Presently I am in a bad place and anxiously awaiting some relief. I have been treated for depression for 3 years now and I feel that the meds are making me more anxious then anything.

02-10-05, 02:31 PM
Welcome! I'm south of Winnipeg and enjoying a snow storm at the moment! Spring is on the way right?

I'm glad to hear you have help with your ADHD. I'm sure your psychiatrist will have some insight into your meds and the anxiety. At least I hope he/she would.
Keep in touch.
Cheers! Ian.

02-16-05, 08:47 PM
Hello all from St.Catharines,

;) Diagnosed in January 2005 with ADD, prior to this I was being treated for depression. I am still wondering what kind of future to expect.
Perhaps it might be fun for the locals to do a dinner or coffee to chat.
Mike AKA sk8north

02-17-05, 12:56 AM
Welcome! Good luck in finding some locals for a meeting. Let us know how it goes.
Cheers! Ian.

03-04-05, 06:23 PM
From Vancouver, B. C. without a professional who knows how to treat ADHD and leading my GP by the hand right now.

03-06-05, 03:32 AM
You get to train your very own GP! Outstanding!! I trained a coach/therapist and it works wonderfully for me.. but a GP.. omg I can't wait!

Welcome to the forums katatak. I'm south of Winnipeg.
Cheers! Ian.

03-14-05, 03:06 AM
Newbie. Cate, from Winnipeg, recently diagnosed, waiting for a referral to a specialist to go through. 7 years of failed treatment for depression, 5 different meds (to this day I'm convinced that was a completely false diagnosis...) ED-NOS (it varies week to week, you name it, I got it) which I've now concluded is directly related to the ADD. I could go on and on but I'll stop.

03-14-05, 12:28 PM
I'd like to hear of any resources for Winnipeg. It seems like a thin resource pool or at least it was a year ago when I was looking for help for adults with ADHD.

Welcome to the fun. :)
Cheers! Ian.

03-14-05, 02:30 PM
Welcome Cate,,,

From Quebec here :D

04-26-05, 05:55 PM
Hello there,
Thought I would introduce myself. I am self-diagnosed, family doc diagnosed and trying to find an appropriate psychologist to diag me as well. I live in Shavnigan Lake, BC. About 50 km north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. I am a 28yo father of 11 month old triplet boys. When I first talked to my doc, I said, "If I didn't have ADD to begin with, my kids would have induced the same symptoms."

I have also been dx'd with Social Anxiety and a bit of OCD as well. Nice to be well rounded.

04-26-05, 09:20 PM
Welcome to the fun house! I'm south of Winnipeg where it snowed a bit today. Groanage.

I'm a 46 year old father of three girls. The eldest is finishing high school and the youngest is in grade six. Triplets makes me shiver! heheh
Cheers! Ian.

04-26-05, 10:42 PM
Scuro from near London Ontario

06-18-05, 06:02 PM
dolphin, here , ottawa, ontario, of course. Mother of one child with adhd and an undiagnosed adhd husband . Here's how we found a physchiatrist for my husband. We went through the yellow pages and looked for physchiatrists and made a list and then started phoning them and asking if they dealt with adult add. It took us a few days but we found one and now we're wiating for him to go to his appointment which is at the end of may
WOW! Good work! Now can you tell me who it is?! Last I heard the only doctor who really was an expert shut down his waiting list some two years ago! I have seen a few who decided to make the leap from children with adhd and it was very disappointing. Their knowledge base was seriously lacking. As a result I wasted a great deal of time.

06-18-05, 06:09 PM
I just love your avatar! I am originally from the Thetford Mines neck of Quebec woods!

06-18-05, 07:09 PM
Hi everyone! I'm from Quebec City and has been diagnosed exactly one year ago. Still looking for proper medication....

Rocko in BC
06-19-05, 05:54 PM
Hi There I'm a 45 yr young guy from Vernon BC, I see that I signed on in 2004, I remember this site now, it seemed like SO much stuff that it was too overwhelming. I was professionally DX'd in 2002 as severe ADHD. The physical energy has slowed down, the mental part is still here. I've been managing very well since my DX, still struggle almost daily with financial stuff, moved a few times. 2 yrs ago I left the best lady who was ever in my life, she helped me so much, now we're back together, most of that was my fault, I'm SO HAPPY that she's back!!! Russ :cool:

06-19-05, 06:52 PM
Rocko, welcome to the forums.

06-22-05, 03:36 AM
Hello all...i am 31, female...from southern alberta....i am a mom to two boys, 6 & 10, the younger one is going through testing as well for ADHD which is what led to my being diagnosed 2 months ago with ADD.....and i'll tell you...i have probably written about 1000 more words than you see here...and deleted them.. i keep meaning to make it short...but there is just so much i'd like to say/ to find you all....thank you for sharing...

LG in TO
07-05-05, 11:42 PM
Hi, female from Toronto, 26.......just diagnosed last spring. Just joined the forum today. Nice to hear other people's experiences. Started medication for ADD a year ago and recently have had to switch (adderall gone....boooo) and I am not coping nearly as well on the new one. Thought I would reach out and see what others are doing to function better. Look forward to talking with you all.

07-05-05, 11:49 PM
Hey Nat and LG,
Nice to meet you.

07-17-05, 11:15 AM
Hi there,

My name is Emma. I am in Kingston ON. I was un-diagnosed until I "self-referred" for Testing at age 32.

Being diagnosed late in life (due to lack of Hyperactivity and doing alright in school) has meant a lot of lost time, lost opportunities, extreme frustration (uh, rage actually) at myself/school, and UNDERACHIEVEMENT.

For me, UNDERACHIEVEMENT the defining crux of ADD/ADHD. A slew of 1/2 done accomplishments and UNDERACHIEVEMENT relative to one's IQ Level/potential Abilities.

It's as though everyone else at school/life has "the map" or "cheat sheet", except me!

I feel like I should have acheived much more by this time in my life. When I look around at my peers the same age, this is not a distorted expectation.

It is also causing problems in my relationships. My inability to finish a course for my Degree (due to ADD/ADHD's Memory Problems) means that my A++ acheiving SO is frustrated with my inability to do coursework that he finds ridiculously simple.

He does not understand that I don't want to go do the school advisors and disclose ADD/ADHD. (For various reasons.)

I'm not sure if the rel'p can be saved. I'm not sure that I can get my Degree done without using Human Rights Legislation. *ugh*

One Day at a Time...


07-17-05, 11:20 AM
<SNIP> <snip> Good luck with the T.O. expert. I am looking for an adult ADD expert as well. Any hints on how you found this person would be so welcome.

Maybe I can help -- as I am a _master resource finder_.

My -=8 hours=- of testing was $1200 -- and I even GOT IT PAID FOR...

**blows across six-shooter**

May I ask which large City are you near/in?


PS. I am always happy to help others get diagnosed ASAP.:)

07-17-05, 02:37 PM
I'm loving this! Great to have your resources here and so freely given Emma. I look forward to reading more from you in the near future. Thanks for lending a hand.

07-31-05, 09:16 PM
Nicole Townsend

British columbia, Canada

I'm 18 I've just beendiagnosed with ADD and looking forward to being able to live and enjoy it and be as aware as possible. I want to be a teacher. and I can't wait to be a better learner too

07-31-05, 09:37 PM
Welcome, Nicole, from Beautiful British Columbia.

08-07-05, 06:49 PM
Hey, I'm in BC too!

Vancouver to be exact. 22, at SFU, recently diagnosed.

Stoked to finally be able to figure this whole thing out.

08-07-05, 08:24 PM
Should we start a revolution? :D

09-07-05, 09:47 AM
Salut from Acadianadder, this is my first time posting a thread (took me 4ever to figure out what that meant). I live in NB and have been diagnoed with classic outwardly expressive add. Apparently my psychologist congratulated me on the highest score yet on the connors test! So you probably no the rest of the story,I am elated to no whats been throwing curve balls at me for the last 40 odd years, but now that I am the poster boy for add adults in my neck of the woods I feel like some kind of alien who landed on planet earth from planet absurd!

of course there is no support groups although im thinking about starting one,my gp thinks I am some kind of flake or fake (she relunctantly ever talks to me about this add thing for the fear that I might just teach her something about it!! So i feel like a rebel once again but this time with a cause. I have just printed up a tshirt with addhd rocks and wear it proudly most of the time.

i am still in the stage of anger at why didnt anyone tell me about this before however I feel that the more i no and this webcommunity may become a real positive force for my recovery and acceptance! I look forward to your replies and new friendships!!!!

09-07-05, 10:16 AM
Hey there. Good to see another Canadian face here. Welcome to the fun.

09-07-05, 10:36 AM
Hey acadianadder (member.php?u=7519)

Garry from Ontario

Good to have another Canuck abord

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10-20-05, 07:16 AM
Moncton NB, but born and bred girl from Eastern Ontario....I can't find help here, but thankfully my GP is more than willing to write my script since then I leave his office....I'd really like to see something start in this province....

10-27-05, 03:40 AM
hey! i'm from BC too.. i grew up the in the koots (the west kootenay region to all you) i've lived in montreal and halifax, but i am currently attending univeristy of victoria on the good ol Van Isle.

umm yeah, a support group would be cool. or something. i would just like to actually hang out with some others who are interested in learing about/dealing with this in a healthy productive way.

i go to a traditional chinese medicine clinic. acupuncture. i like that, it really mellows me out.
also, my doc on campus is pretty damn cool.

anyway. nice to meet you all (sort of.. over the computer and everything.)

10-29-05, 05:52 AM
There does seem to be a few of us on the island... I am in the Cowichan Valley and I work in Victoria.:cool:

Twistedself (Shawnigan Lake), ask to be refered to a Cowichan Mental Health psychiatrist, and then they will have you tested by their psycologist. That is how I was diagnosed. Best wishes.:)

Subliminal (Victoria) , any ideas on how to start a support group? My doc suggested this and I just looked at him... I can't even organise getting myself to the dentist, how an I gonna start and run a support group???:eyebrow: I phoned all over the place and found... nothing! The two on the lower mainland are the closest.

Distraction, (Victoria) Greetings!:)

Townsendnl, otherwise known as Nicole, (Ucluelet) Hello up there!:)

Anyone else on Vancouver Island?

10-29-05, 10:17 AM
why do the americans alwasy make jokes about the canadians why don't you like each other!!!

10-29-05, 02:35 PM
why do the americans alwasy make jokes about the canadians why don't you like each other!!! Fidge, you're going to have to try harder to be funny. :faint:

10-29-05, 04:50 PM
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10-29-05, 05:23 PM
As a rule, I would say Canadians get along with Americans as well as any two countries can. It is nice for those of us in the colonies to know that people in Britain still care about us. :D

10-29-05, 06:19 PM
but why do they make those 'i am trying to be funny and insult my fellow country' jokes between the americans and canadians.

10-29-05, 11:27 PM
And the Scots don't make fun of Englishmen? Gimmie a break, Fidge. What shows or newspapers have you been looking at? Perhaps that will help us understand.

10-29-05, 11:58 PM
i was about to raise that point (its all about the media), but tales like that stem from history. we english have a history with the scots, a violent history filed with battles and war. thats where our jokes stem from, this histor y of rivalry, so where is yours and whats the history between canada and america. besides it was a simple question that did not need a dissmisive repsonse. i only wanted a simple answer not an argument!

10-30-05, 12:23 AM
The USA and Canada do share a border; some would say a way too open border. I live an hour's drive from the American border so American tourists visit our area all year round. Our city has a "sister" city across the border and our city libraries have a very friendly reading competition every Spring.

I am only a second generation Canadian and I wasn't taught to dislike our neighbours to the South or anyone else, for that matter. I'm sorry if the media is giving you the impression that the USA and Canada don't get along. Politicians don't count. :D

10-30-05, 09:20 AM
I drive truck to the US nearly every day and accept for the different accents when they speak there is no difference between the common working folk that I have met....

10-30-05, 10:00 AM

there is some bad blood between our contries, not a lot, say, not as much as the english with the irish or scottish, but a lot of candians resent the economic control that the states has over much of our resources and politics. also, the states do not teach much history other than their own in schools (i have been informed) and it is annoying to travel south and have people ask you if you live in an igloo and mush dogs to school. but canadians can be a bit snobby too i think, some of us like to think that we are better than americans, more open minded, continental or something, while americans are ignorant bullies who think they can intimidate the whole world.. and canadians really hate being mistaken for americans when traveling abroad, and find it really annoying that americans will sew canadian flags on their stuff when they travel, because canadians have a better rep internationally.
i am not saying i hold any of these views, just trying to answer your question.

ever hear of that show, 'talking to americans' by/with peter mansfeild, i think, that might give you some insight.

10-30-05, 10:02 AM
sorry, rick mercer, not peter mansfeild... duh!

heres the website (

10-30-05, 11:23 AM
thanks subliminal that answered my question. cheers mate

11-11-05, 04:05 AM
Anyone from Vancouver?

12-01-05, 04:06 AM
Subliminal (Victoria) , any ideas on how to start a support group? My doc suggested this and I just looked at him... I can't even organise getting myself to the dentist, how an I gonna start and run a support group???:eyebrow: I phoned all over the place and found... nothing! The two on the lower mainland are the closest.

yeah... same problem here...

i have an idea though! i think i might be able to prod the counselling services on campus into starting something like that... they do that kind of thing... i am pretty sure it would/could be open to the community too.
i am pretty sure the only thing they want to know is if people will come, if there is a need for it, if so, i think they will do it!!

i would like that.

12-01-05, 09:53 PM
Look at the library for a book on "group facilitation". or ask a Librarian for help in finding a book on "how to start a mutual aid group or support group".


12-01-05, 09:56 PM
We got all the big animosities sorted out in the War of 1812. ;)


12-02-05, 01:36 AM
hey everyone,

Vancouver right here!

12-27-05, 08:44 AM
New to the site and in Calgary, Alberta...

I've always wondered why they call it Attention Deficit when I've always considered it Multi-Attention for me anyway

05-12-06, 09:00 AM
Clipper, from Cowtown AB. ADD, PTSD, just generally a little crazy but so glad I finally found out what's going on after 3 marriages, countless good jobs, but so many wild experiences too. Currently trying to decide whether the Amen clinic is for me and hoping I don't blow the money before I make a decision to go !

05-15-06, 08:19 AM
Hi! I am Julie from Halton area. My 9 year old is ADHD. My Mom, my husband and I are as well! Do I believe it is hereditary--you better believe it!

05-18-06, 01:11 PM

My name is Andrea and I live in Kingston Ontario. My son is 8 and has not yet been diagnosed with ADHD but I'm almost certain he is. The school just sugessted the evaluation so I'm doing as much research as possible before making a decision. This forum is a HUGE help!

05-29-06, 08:11 PM
Hello, i'm John from Victoria

06-02-06, 06:43 AM
Hey there, I'm Bonnie from Toronto. Married with 1 girl (11), Two boys (5 & 10) from a previous relationship and a step-son (6). My 5 and 10 yr olds have been diagnoised with ADD/ADHD and borderline ODD for the oldest and ADHD for the younger one.

I am glad to be here, this seems like a great site...:)

06-12-06, 02:13 PM
I am in Toronto and am amazed at how few resources we have here.
I ended up, after much Internet research and reading some key books on the topic (especially Hallowell, Solden and Mate - three great authors), convincing my GP to make a referral to the Bilkey Clinic in Barrie, as the Toronto scene was not helpful at all.
I got my assessment there, and in fact was seen a mere month or so after my GP called referred me.
It cost 800 bucks for the assessment (plus busfare to get up there - 3 times 40 bucks). Inevitable but a bit of a tickoff.
Anyway, it did the trick.

There is a "Meetup" group in Toronto for ADD'ers but I haven't had the nerve to go to it.
I do think that we need something as a Toronto (or GTA) venue or chat or yahoo group (and no insult intended to those not in the GTA - but the CHADD's etc don't exist around here; an Adult ADD at the Miles Nadal Centre at Bloor and Spadina folded, for some reason). Maybe this Forum thing will work.

Last point: the Bilkey clinic has also some connections with university health services, so if you have access to a university then you should go there; they will refer you, I am told (by both by GP and by Bilkey). There is a quicker avenue than what some people have been forced to look at.
Good luck.

06-14-06, 07:15 AM
Hi Hudson,

Yeah. It's like ADDers are always looking for someone else to "do it all", with regard to services and groups.

I get emails and PMs all the time from Canadians asking "are you going to start a group?"

My own observation is that people look for ADd support when they themselves are in crisis.

As i said to my ADD Doctor -- my worst fear is to try to start a group, only to have a bunch of people show up, who cannot get services from healthcare physicians.

NB. CAMH is here in Toronto. They don't have an ADHD Clinic any more. There was a Dr. Jain who was running an ADHD Support Group, but for some reason he shut it down. (Maybe noone showed up consistently?)

My own observation is that Adult ADHDers all have different goals. Some want to graduate Post-Secondary; some want to get their ADHD treated; some want help with job problems; some have problems with ODD/CD kids. (Kids is an area i'm not touching...) Thus, it all falls apart.

My main goal is to get a job, and graduate from Univ.

06-18-06, 12:40 PM
Hey. Edson, Alberta here. 56 years old, married (3rd time) and making my wife nuts! Known for maybe 12 years that I was likely ADD but the reality is just now setting in. About to embark on a quest for diagnosis and treatment. Wanting to cope and improve without meds.

06-25-06, 11:44 PM
Hi - I'm Glen - Taber, Alberta (just smack in between Lethbridge and Medicine Hat for those longing to know LOL).

38 male and unmarried. Just reposted my life's story in introductions so I won't bore you.

Trying hard to set up real-life meetings but the Alberta health care system won't help and the nearest CHADD is in Lethbridge and too far for many including myself.

So I help on another chat board but it's international and I truly want to make a difference up north here where many still view ADHD like Dr. Phil and Tom Cruise. Not joking there is a big ignorance to overcome.

Making up a local group is one thing I desire and another would be to find a woman to love who also has ADHD so I don't have to constantly go through the grief of explaining ADHD, being told they TOTALLY empathize and will be patient and then having them scoot off. Sigh.

LOL - ah it's not so bad. But anyway hi fellow canadians!! We are the best!!

07-05-06, 10:38 AM

I'm Nancy from Mont-Saint-Hilaire, south of Montreal. I am in my mid-thirties, with undiagnosed ADD (on a waiting list to see a psychiatrist - could take up to 18 months ). Anybody who knows me though can attest to my being perenially and dangerously inattentive . My whole childhood is a big blank, as I spent it daydreaming, constantly looking through the window at school, but not looking at anything really... I can start lots of project, but finishing them is another story. From childhood on, falling asleep at night has always been a great challenge, as well as waking up in the morning. I've been involved in a few car accidents because I drive on automatic pilot, sometimes not noticing red lights or stop signs. I tried driving standard, but I would forget to change speeds or even to downshift... I never risked buying anything but old cars ("Minounes" as they are widely known in Quebec), as I would hate totalling a brand new car because I missed a red light! :eek:

It seems I inherited ADD from my mother, which suffers the same inattentive type (undiagnosed too). She's also bipolar (type II, with psychosis), for which she got diagnosed recently. Her father was borderline. My father suffers from GAD, as did I (luckyly, though, psychotherapy and a great book on dialectic-behavioral therapy helped tremendously).

I eventually got lucky in life and found a wonderful man to share my life with who's at peace with my ADD-related "shortcomings". We're getting married next winter, with the help of a wedding planner (another project I could start but not finish... lol).

I am happy to have joined this group, as it produced an important lightbulb moment: I am not alone anymore! I hope I will contribute to this forum as much I will learn from it.

10-01-06, 11:51 PM
I'm in T.O. as well

11-16-06, 05:13 PM
carman,mb (about 45 mins away from winnipeg)
I have inattention real bad. My inattention level is higher than average.

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12-10-06, 12:07 AM
Hi I'm Nina, from Ottawa, ON. I just recently finished the whole process of getting a formal assessment, thanks to being covered by a student bursary! Phew! And I did end up being diagnosed with ADHD of the Inattentive type, with the possibility of being Combined type during my childhood years. Hmm!

12-17-06, 09:41 PM
Hello I'm from New Brunswick and new to the forum. My son was diagnosed with ADHD. I strongly suspect I have Innatentive ADD and I'm talking with my doctor now.

mike hothi
12-19-06, 09:35 AM
I am a divorced father of 2 children. My son is 10 and my daughter is 7. My ex wife has been determined to blame my son's school troubles on ADD instead of accepting that our conflict has caused him troubles. The conflict is gone and so are his troubles but I can't seem to get the doctor to take him off his medicine despite getting 7 A's and 4 B's on his report card before starting Concerta treatment. Does anyone have a copy of a report card for an elementary stdent who has ADD prior to and after their treatment?

12-19-06, 01:52 PM
re: 126

Why can't it be both? :)

Things in life very often have multiple factors at work.


Welcome to ADD Forums.

Hopefully you can learn more about ADD and your son's condition here.

NB. Sometimes Parents recognize their own ADD symptoms, after their children are diagnosed. This seems to happen a LOT here.

03-08-07, 06:41 PM
Hmm, I know there must be more canadians lurking around these forums...maybe they just haven't found this thread yet :)

I'm from Ontario, but now I'm a proud Calgarian (6 years and counting). Had ADD all my life, always thought I was "wrong" because I wasn't like everyone else, never formally diagnosed and I started treatment recently.

If anyone else finds this thread again, feel free to say hi!

03-08-07, 07:15 PM
Manitoba here. :D

03-14-07, 07:59 PM
Hello I am from BC.......(North Vancouver)

03-30-07, 04:56 PM
Edmonton, Alberta here.. Anyone want to chat, drop me a line.


04-17-07, 12:18 AM
Hey, I gotta get me in on this!! Hey I am Claire from Edmonton Alberta. Diagnosed with ADD (among other things) about 4 years ago. I've been off the meds for about a year now, and I'm doin fine (not to hear my chemistry teacher tell it, but you can't please them all).

04-17-07, 12:19 AM
Hey jnixon! I just saw your message!

Ground Control
04-24-07, 09:36 PM
Hey there!! I've been on this forum for about two weeks now and I just found the Canada thread! Even more embarassingly, my wife posted here almost 10 months ago. See MafaldaMay's post. I live with her :D

04-25-07, 09:55 AM
You're the cutest, mon petit chéri! :o:D

If you go in the "Living with an ADHD partner" section of this forum, you'll read that it's not often easy for non-ADHD partners to live with ADHD partners.

Your big grin and obvious pride at being my husband (which I share as your wife) just makes me wonder if, perhaps, it's not easier when the two partners have ADHD, just like you and I... :confused: :p

P.S. Follow-up on my initial post of 10-months ago: I got my official diagnosis of ADHD-combined in October 2006 and started meds last February. Makes a hell lot of difference!

Ground Control
04-25-07, 10:50 PM
I don't have a basis for comparison...
But you're cute too and I love you too!:)

Alright everyone. This PDA is over. I apologize for any involuntary gagging that may have resulted... :p

05-10-07, 12:46 PM
John here from Central Ontario (Geographically speaking not politically):) , in other words sudbury ontario

I have crazy ADHD im nutso lol, and i think i have mabye one or two personality disorders lol

No Medication for me

06-12-07, 11:01 AM
HI, I'm from Calgary.

Diagnosed about 10 years ago - maybe less - ADD and chronic depression. I've had different combinations of meds, they've helped a lot.

Sometimes I feel great, sometimes like I'm just getting by. I want to make some positive changes now and move forward.

06-12-07, 01:25 PM
Fellow Canadian Here!

Beautiful BC!

06-12-07, 01:59 PM
Welcome to the fun.
Brilliant sunny hot prairie here...

07-09-07, 12:40 AM
Canadian here too! From Victoria, BC. ADD inattentive type. Just going in the diagnosis process.

09-06-07, 09:19 AM
Male, 32, Halifax, Canada. After having issues similar to AD/HD throughout my life, I decided to speak to my GP. He referred me for a battery of tests which are being carried out Sept 10...testing is from 9am till 5pm with 1 hour for lunch. All this of course at my own expense.....

Anyone else new to this and what was your doctors first line for therapy? I have never had a substance abuse issue or an eating dosorder. However, I have tried Wellbutrin in the past to assist quitting smoking (it worked for that) BUT I felt like a mad wreck while on not wanna try that again. Also, after reading hundreds of other stories on Strattera...I'm not interested in that at all.

09-06-07, 12:01 PM
Duckie, 57, Winnipeg

Not yet diagnosed and pretty annoyed right now at the dearth of services and the cost of them. $140 or $150/hr, and 8 to 12 hours for a diagnosis. Grrr.

09-14-07, 12:46 PM
Male, 32, newly diagnosed 1 week ago. Still waiting on neuropsychologist to finalize report of 8 hour testing he did on me so I can take it to my family doc to begin/discuss treatment.

10-20-07, 10:37 PM
25 year old male from Halifax, NS been diagnosed for almost a year and glad to have found this forum!:D

10-20-07, 10:47 PM
18 year old guy from Ottawa (Cornwall) living in northern Quebec:)

diagnosed les than a year ago, still fighting to get treated

:) hi everyone

01-29-08, 06:46 PM
22 y/o guy from Vancouver. Diagnosed a few months ago (AD/HD-I). Currently fine tuning meds. I guess I'm lucky, hearing some stories here - referred to a psychiatrist right away and he's turned out to be great :).

01-29-08, 06:59 PM
Me, 21, Location listed in such place as should be in top right of my postbox. Me been known about this thingy since age 6 and been medicated on and off.

10-23-08, 11:57 PM
22 yr old male with adhd in vancouver and victoria studying music performance. It really seems like toronto is the place to be for adhd...damn.

11-12-08, 05:04 PM
Hello :)

I'm Shannon in the Calgary area (close enough)... I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 28 after my 2nd eldest was diagnosed... We went on to find out my eldest is ADD and now I have two more and both are going in to see the pediatrician early 2009 for diagnosing... needless to say life is definitely an adventure with myself and 4 boys with varying levels of this learning difference :rolleyes:... I also have FMS, CFS, SAD, chronic depression and hypothyroidism... ain't life fun LOL! Full of interesting challenges it be... :p!

PS. going back to school in January... because life isn't complicated enough already... hehehe :eyebrow:

04-17-09, 03:58 PM
Hi I`m new to this site not a sure thing yet, but took test on the web and from answers to tests I was..Where in Victoria BC:cool: can one get checked out for this?? Thanks Dawn:)

09-01-09, 12:05 PM

I got officially diagnosed yesterday for ADHD (mostly ADD-I) and started medication today.

My name's Zahra, I'm 30 and from Sherbrooke, Qc.

Mind Every Ware
09-04-09, 11:55 PM
Hello everyone.
Almost 48 year old male here. I was diagnosed with Full "ADHD" this last march. Am blown away with all that I have read in here so far.. Never knew so many of us have had this. I know it sounds wierd to say it out loud, but i'm glad to know that i'm not a crazy as I or some may have thought. LOL.. I'm in the Calgary , Alberta area.
Nice to meet all of you, keep in touch. and Take care, enjoy life and all those around you , as they enjoy you.

Mind Every Ware
09-05-09, 12:01 AM
To : Hollyduck.
Just a fast note.. i also thought deep down that my whole life I must have "ADHD" and never did anything about it, cause in ways I loved what it did for me.. or least all of the good stuff.LOL.. and I also had a tough time... with the cost and time involved in getting a Diagnose . As it took my wife a long time to help me get the strength to take the plunge and get tested.. BUT I have to tell ya, it has been the best money I have ever spent.
Take Care.

05-10-10, 10:09 PM

05-11-10, 01:15 AM

I got officially diagnosed yesterday for ADHD (mostly ADD-I) and started medication today.

My name's Zahra, I'm 30 and from Sherbrooke, Qc.

I was born in Sherbrooke! Went to St-Esprit primary school before moving to Magog, and later to Montreal. Did you always live in Sherbrooke?

I'm quite late, but welcome to this great forum! My ADD is just too severe to remember to post here from time to time... :eek: :D

06-07-10, 02:38 PM
Werl from Alberta.

new guy
06-12-10, 01:41 AM
Hi All Austin from the northern end of Vancouver Island in Port McNeill BC

I was re-diagnosed about a month ago as having ADD/ADHD, after some issues at work. I wanted to be tested again as my first test was when I was in grade 2, some 32 years ago if I have done my math right.

This has come as a blessing and some problems at the same time. I know what I have been fighting with inside myself for ever. With this has come a lot of reading, more than I have ever done in my life. I am starting to get a handle on what ADD is. As well I am now starting to recognize when things are starting to implode, though I am having trouble stepping back and slowing things down to a point where I can control what is happening. But that will come with practice

06-30-11, 03:00 AM
I am from Ottawa. I have been diagnosed from a few years I have trouble taking my meds regularly since my memory sucks so I still have ongoing problems. I am working hard on this I even have the drug store package them in a blisterpack now - that was a difficult step to take - hey, it only hurt my pride - it helps me to at least know if i have or have not taken the meds. at least.

08-16-11, 11:48 PM
HI, I am from the West Coast of Vancouver Island. I have just been diagnosed. As an adult I have many coping strategies, I am working with a coach to learn more. I have also just started meds but it is at a sub therapeutic does. cheers Jan<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

11-03-11, 02:50 AM
Bonjour, Hello, How's it goin', eh?

A little trilingual salutation for my fellow Canadians, there...

I'm 39, in Edmonton, and just officially diagnosed with ADD-Inattentive type two days ago, although the idea has been rattling around for a few years now since I was about 34/35. I started taking Dexedrine Spansules 15 mg/day yesterday morning and am amazed at how quickly they kick in! I feel like someone has finally tuned the private TV in my head to the proper channel and now mentally everything seems so clear. Looking forward to reading lots in the forums and learning lots about this. :)

11-03-11, 02:52 AM
Bonjour, Hello, How's it goin', eh?

A little trilingual salutation for my fellow Canadians, there...

I'm 39, in Edmonton, and just officially diagnosed with ADD-Inattentive type two days ago, although the idea has been rattling around for a few years now since I was about 34/35. I started taking Dexedrine Spansules 15 mg/day yesterday morning and am amazed at how quickly they kick in! I feel like someone has finally tuned the private TV in my head to the proper channel and now mentally everything seems so clear. Looking forward to reading lots in the forums and learning lots about this. :)

01-16-12, 01:35 AM
I am from Vancouver and would love to find something around here. Like support group or ...

01-19-12, 01:16 AM
Bonjour, Hello, How's it goin', eh?

A little trilingual salutation for my fellow Canadians, there...

I'm 39, in Edmonton, and just officially diagnosed with ADD-Inattentive type two days ago, although the idea has been rattling around for a few years now since I was about 34/35. I started taking Dexedrine Spansules 15 mg/day yesterday morning and am amazed at how quickly they kick in! I feel like someone has finally tuned the private TV in my head to the proper channel and now mentally everything seems so clear. Looking forward to reading lots in the forums and learning lots about this. :)

I'm in Edmonton too, just wondering how you got referred to your psychiatrist or is your GP treating you? I'm 36, never formally diagnosed and have been hesitant because I wanted to go to someone who really understood adult ADHD.

01-19-12, 01:25 AM
How did I not know this thread existed?

01-19-12, 02:05 AM

I'm Eric from Vancouver. Glad to see so many Canadians here. I'm currently living in Europe for my studies.

I have undiagnosed ADHD, but my psychiatrist is treating me as such and I've been on medication for a couple of months now, with good results.

01-26-12, 09:02 PM
G'day eh? I'm a parent of a 10-year old daughter in the GTA, who just started Concerta 18mg SA.

02-24-12, 10:34 PM
St. Catharines, Ontario Diagnosed ADD, probably inattentive

No ADD specialists in my area (maybe for kids) no support group except by the Learning Disorders place - costs money to 'join'. Looked at the program schedule - didn't interest me.

02-25-12, 12:17 AM
Hello, my name is Andrea from Winnipeg, MB, and this is my first post! I was diagnosed 3 years ago at the ripe old age of 33! I'm primarily Innatentive, with a dash of hyperactivity. I'm still working on finding the right med/dosage, just started Dexedrine today, which I think I really like!

I've been lurking here for a bit and have already gotten some great info, particularly regarding medication. I was so excited to find this forum, as resources for ADD sufferers are very limited here.

Anna B
02-25-12, 01:13 AM
Anna, Here,:)
Grande Prairie, Alberta
3 ADHD boys, 1 Tourettes, OCD, ODD, 1 Bi-polar...And mom...

Here's a Canadian link for Listed support group, starting tips...

85% of Adults with ADHD don't know they have it. Try Harvard's 5 minute
Adult ADHD Screening Test (

Hello Canada :)

04-18-12, 07:00 PM
43 and undiagnosed in Victoria, BC . . . but very strongly suspect ADD

Reading up about ADD in adults made me cry - because never have I heard my struggles reflected so succinctly as was written about in Sari Solden's book Women With ADD, - in fact I always thought it was just me. I am very stubborn, so I just faced life head-on and worked harder than anyone I know. I have hidden the fact that I struggle with the most basic stuff (getting ready to file income tax; calendars and schedules; "thank you" notes; filling in forms; following up with friends - even good friends; helping my kids stay on track with their homework etc), because I want to be taken seriously. All through school my report cards would come home with statements like: "If Clare wasn't so lazy, and applied herself, she would do better"; " Clare daydreams during class"; She needs to be more organized and apply herself . . . .on and on - and my grades stank! I only just scraped into university - where I did a lot better. In subjects like Philosophy, where you had to understand the concepts (and be able to provide references and examples), but but did not have to spend lots of time studying - I was the top student.

I put a lot of stock in my families happiness and I like a calm environment, so I don't regret choosing to stay home with my kids as a stay at home mom. However, if I am honest with myself, I am terrified of the stress that comes from juggling work and home - I find it overwhelming. I have done it (juggled work & home before kids) and it leaves me completely stressed and wishing for an opportunity to get off of the "too fast" merri-go-round for some calm (which often feels unobtainable). After having had lots of conversations with high functioning people, who juggle the stresses of home and work, I realized that most people did not resonate my feelings of being overwhelmed - so I guess I just "sucked it up" and worked harder than anyone else. I also bowed out of fun friend invitations - or I just didn't encourage fun social stuff - because I am always desperately trying to "get on top of stuff" - funny thing is, I never seem to be on top of all the stuff!

I guess, hiding out at home, has been my coping mechanism. I have always openly acknowledged that I have a hard time juggling work and home, but I don't think that I have ever admitted to the fact that it actually terrifies me! I know that I am a smart and capable person - in the work place, and given the opportunity for people to see me in action - I get amazing offers to assit with this or that or to take on complex projects that require leadership, skill, management ability - all of which I excel at (in the short term) - but anything that requires too much staying power (more than a year) - and I start feeling as though I am pulling a dead weight. As I recognize the markers, I desperately start wrapping up the project so that I can walk away and hand over the reigns whilst still feeling invigorated by my success. I just can't imagine taking on anything that requires staying power! My family is different (regarding staying power), I am fiercely committed to their well being - and feel invigorated by the many things I do to help to facilitate a strong, well balanced healthy family that is connected into the community.

I didn't expect to write so much - but finally I feel that I am on to a journey of self discovery - one that has eluded me all my life - and I am getting to explore this side of me with people who I think will "get it".

I have seen my family doctor and she is referring me to Dr Patrick Lyons for testing - and I guess that if he agrees that I have ADD, I would welcome the use of medication (I think) and joining a group to talk through things with and share resources. Which brings me to why I started writing this post: Is there a group like this in Victoria, and if not, would anyone be interested in meeting informally to start one?

02-27-13, 05:14 AM
Hi there! My name is Shameel, 19, Diagnosed with ADHD, currently in Calgary, AB, Canada. I go to university and am taking Vyvanse 40mg

03-01-13, 05:16 PM
welcome clarej and shameel I can relate to you joy claej I was dx 86 days ago N a lot older than you ya spring chicken lololo nice to look up N away from the floor N see hope this is a great place people here are loving,knowledgable,caring, commited, honest about their experience with add N so much more this place N info will work for ys if you work it. so stay around chek it all out n Shameel If you ski fernie hill give me a pm we can set up a meet if youd like