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Old 05-17-04, 10:16 PM
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I can't believe I wrote all this...

Hi all! I have been a member for about a week. I just forgot to introduce myself! My real name is Dani.

I had a horrible time with ADD when I was a kid. My first ADD experience happened in kindergarten. But before kindergarten I was the type of kid who would climb out the window during nap time at age 3!

During my school years I would walk home from school. My Mom would be waiting for me until so much time had past, she would get worried and come looking for me (I was in first grade). She would always find me in the middle of a field looking at an ant hill or watching bees go from flower to flower while I lay on my belly and gaze at them. I find life to this day amazing.

I was a loner. I wanted to be popular so bad, but I had no social skills. It was like I wanted to be like everyone else. I was also hammered by teachers for not paying attention and told I had some kind of learning disability that didn't show up on tests. I thought I was the dumbest, weirdest kid on the Earth. But I did have the looks! It was when I opened my mouth that something stupid always blubbered out.

I felt like I was constantly watched by everyone. I became such a perfectionist I could not keep up. I still got horrible grades and could not play sports because I was afraid someone would think I ran funny or something. My self-esteem plummeted year after year. Finally in high school it hit rock bottom and I became involved with drugs and alcohol. I had a baby when I was 17.

I am now 39 and have been trying to get a two year degree now since I was 21! My daughter is now 21! She is a wonderful kid.

I was diagnosed with ADD four years ago. What a relief! Finally there was a name for "it". I tried a trial of school, got all the way to my clinicals when both by ADD boys and my husband needed me so I quit. I am now going through a divorce.

That is an extremely long story on the why's, but I will share that when I get to know you all better. But I am much happier after 16 years of low self-esteem and depression. The school years have a period of their own. So if we want to get down to it, I have had about 30 years of low self-esteem and depression! I am now returning to school.

Hope I can learn much here! I am glad I found this site. I need the support! I hope we can all share our gifts here!
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As I am very lazy when it comes to typing so I have created a welcome page and ADDed a link here to get you there

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Old 05-17-04, 11:23 PM
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(I was in first grade). She would always find me in the middle of a field looking at an ant hill or watching bees go from flower to flower while I lay on my belly and gaze at them. I find life to this day amazing.
Hey, I'm your age and I still do that!

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Thanks to all of your warm welcomes! Okay...I will admit it, I still watch the ants too. Dani
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