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Old 08-12-03, 05:01 PM
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Talking Not an Introduction a story!

you know I have been active on this forum for approximately a week and have lurked for 3 months before that and I have read a lot of threads and stories. Some have been humorous, some touching, others saddening. I would like to start a new thread, here. I want some happy stories. Some stories that have ended in success. We all have them!
Admittedly, we all have our share of horror and depressing stories of how AD/HD has redirected or damaged our life, but what about the stories about how it has helped us or that have a happy ending?

I'll tell you what. I'll start:

If you have not read my story, then allow me to paraphrase it quickly. Diagnosed as child, mom hated idea of her child on meds, refused to put me on them, never told me about my AD/HD, struggled through school wondering why, flunked out of colledge, found out had AD/HD through doctor and treatment of depression.
Now, the success story...after diagnosis I finally had perspective on my childhood and adult experiences. Began search for greater understanding of my condition and then went back to school. I graduated with two Bachelors am now in a dual masters program, and have applied to Medical school in order to specifically help those with AD/HD from a medical perpsective. My ADHD refocused my life into a new and much more fulfilling direction. I found out who I was, why I am here, and that it is okay to be me, just the way I am. In addition, my hyperactivity helps me significantly. I have twice the energy of some of my schoolmates who are 5-7 years younger than I am. I truely believe that the majority of my academic and personal accomplishments are a result of my AD/HD, without it I would not be able to empathize with as many people as I do. I have known what it is like to feel helpless, hopeless, floundering, and impotent - I do not mean that in the way some are you are thinking - shame on you! (ha!ha!) - , so I can reach people on a level I never would have been able to had I not experienced my life the way I have.

What about you?
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