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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
8:34 pm
Hello All! My name is Melissa, and I'm a para-educator for a special ed department in a public high school. I'm part way through my master's degree and teaching certificate, and for one of my classes I'm doing some research on what people think about including multimedia and technology in instruction for students with IEPs, FSPs, and 504 plans. I'd really appreciate any and all participation in my project.

If you are the PARENT or GUARDIAN of a child with an IEP, FSP, or 504 plan, please fill out my short, anonymous survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9GMNBFP

If you are a STUDENT or a FORMER STUDENT with an IEP, FSP, or 504 plan, please fill out my short, anonymous survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9BTKGJF

If you are a certificated TEACHER, please fill out my short, anonymous survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/93NBY3D

Thank you so much for all your help!
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
8:47 pm
Hi, I am writing an article about traveling to other countries (especially for study abroad) with learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD. I do not have an LD or ADD so I would love to hear from anyone who has been to a foreign country about whether there were any special considerations people with ADD have when overseas. Do you use assistive technology that can be used outside the US? Do you have any tips or strategies for others with traveling or studying abroad? Thanks!
Monday, September 6th, 2010
12:56 am
Free Amazon Prime for students
Amazon is currently giving free 1 year memberships to Amazon Prime (free 2 day shipping, $3.99 overnight shipping) to current students with a .edu email address: http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info I'm not sure how long they're offering this (it doesn't say on the site).

Just thought i'd give fellow students the heads up on this in case you haven't heard about it yet. This is going to save me a ton on shipping textbooks this year!
Saturday, September 4th, 2010
2:44 pm
Online Classes?
I'd really like to hear from my fellow ADDers who've taken online classes.

Pros and cons? What did you think overall?

Was it easier than a traditional classroom?

Did you get enough feedback from the instructor?

How well did it work for you without other students to distract you?

Any other advice you may have?

cross-posted to various ADD communities

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
8:39 pm
Receive $50 for your exchange story or blog!‏

Please share this with people who have studied, volunteered, researched, or worked abroad with ADD or other non-apparent (or apparent) disabilities:

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is offering $50 for disability stories on international exchange, including options to submit blogs and featured person profiles. People with disabilities can take advantage of this added incentive to share overseas study, volunteer, work and research experiences! International and U.S. people with disabilities are encouraged to email submissions, but they must be currently living in the United States to receive the award. The deadline is September 8, 2010. Learn more on our stories and blogs webpage.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
11:27 am
ATTN: students with a .edu email address
Amazon is offering a free 1 year subscription to Amazon Prime (Which usually costs $79 a year. Perks include free 2 day shipping, and $3.99 overnight shipping): http://amzn.to/bSH8jP (url shortened with bit.ly)

This is being marketed towards college students but all you need is a valid .edu email address, so teachers and alumni might be able to benefit from this too (though the Terms of Service does say they have the right to ask for proof that you are a current student).

I apologize if you have already heard about this amazing deal. I just want to help spread the word on this before they stop offering it. I am not an employee of Amazon, nor do I gain anything from people signing up for this service.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
11:34 am
handy calculator
My library just released this, but it isn't that exclusive to my school; you could substitute the library specific links for your own:


It breaks down the steps you should take to get a paper done, you put in the due date and it figures out what you should do by day! This is awesome, since I never know how to do things a little bit at a time.

Thought it would be helpful for other students!
Saturday, October 10th, 2009
10:35 pm
The hidden gender bias of ADHD/ADD
How many times have we heard  the statistic that ADHD is more prevalent in boys than in girls? Most clinical studies on ADHD use a majority of male subjects. Most children referred to counselors and proscribing psychiatrists are male, and even the subtypes seem to be neatly divided into masculine (impulsive) and feminine (inattentive).

Every time I hear a statistic like this, I wonder at how authentic it really is. Sure, more boys are sent for treatment...but why? Why more boys? Could it be in the brain chemistry between men and women? I argue that, at around the age when most children are treated (i.e. pre-pubescence), hormonal changes have not yet occured, and brain development has followed the same track so there wouldn't be a whole hell of a lot of difference at that age.

Referal bias plays a roll with teachers, though I question this too. I was a teacher myself for a time, and I can understand how difficult and attention-grabbing a behavior disorder can be, both outwardly manifested and inwardly. Students acting out or fading out are both not working at their best, but the outward behavior issues are of course more disruptive, so grab the referring teacher's primary attention and are thus referred more often.

My question, though, is why aren't girls appearing as disruptive when there seems to be no developmental or physiological reason for a difference? My theory is that this bias actually takes place at home, with the caregivers. Our culture, as striving towards equality as it might be, still isn't equal. If it was, the phrase "Boys will be Boys" would have died a quick death, but it remains, as if to suggest that the behavioral issues of boys can't be dealt with simply because they are boys, and it is their natural condition to be unruly. The flipside of that is that girls have no excuse for a behavioral issue...so when a girl suddenly has one, as might manifest in ADHD, the caregivers might work very hard to make their girl "act right" in the eyes of our culture, and this means she mustn't be disruptive.

Could it be that girls with ADHD are trained at home more intensively than are boys with the same symptoms? The reason teachers and clinicians might never see as many girls with outwardly manifested systems is for the simple reason that they might have been "trained out" of them. Whether this means they are punished for acting up or whether it was a more bevolent and ultimately successful early-intervention treatment method I won't get into here. That these girls are showing up at school less disruptive than their male counterparts is certainly suggestive. Why is no one concerning themselves with gender bias in care-giver child-rearing methods? We might be able to actually take something beneficial out of this, to help out these active boys as well as these (possibly) active girls so that they can actually develop normally without the early use of psycho stimulants which will certainly alter their brain chemistry for the rest of their lives.

If anyone here is aware of a difference in their own upbringing based on your gender, please respond to this. Boys as well as girls might be underserved for the simple reason that gender bias is still a prevalent demon in our culture, and that is unfair to this next generation.

x-posted in adults_add

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, October 1st, 2009
5:37 pm
Help on a story about students with ADD?
Hi everyone,

I'm a recent graduate from UC Berkeley's journalism school and am trying to find out some information for a story on college students with ADD. From what I've heard, it's really difficult for students at some colleges to get insurance coverage for their ADD meds or to get extended time on tests or other academic services. If you've had any experiences like this, or other experiences you'd like to share, I'd love it if you'd email me. I don't have to use your name if you aren't comfortable with that--right now I'm just looking for some basic information on issues for college students with ADD/ADHD.

Please email me at: adhdsources@gmail.com

Thanks so much!
Friday, September 25th, 2009
5:20 pm

I'm a high school senior who's been working on some social science research with the Intel Science Program for the past few months. I need to survey as many people as possible to take my survey, and would appreciate it if any of you did.
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
12:00 am
My hope....
My name is Kristina. I am 21 years old and about to start my junior year in college.
I am currently going to school as an Early Childhood Education major ( Teaching: Pre-K thru 3rd grade). For a while I had just been going to school to "just become a teacher" but now...I feel as though I have an even bigger purpose to want to be a teacher.
I got diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder when I was in kindergarten. From then, thru middle school, high school, and even now in college I have had wonderful teachers who have encouraged me to succeed and learn but unfortunately I have also had horrible teachers who just didn't know how to "teach" someone like me.
In kindergarden, I wasn't given a cupcake because "I couldn't stay still"
In third grade my teacher would yell at me when I put my feet up on the bars under the desk and also told me my handwriting "looked like chicken scratch"
In fifth grade I was in the "gifted and talented" program (The program was for students who were more advanced in certain subjects, kind of like an honors program for elementary/middle school students), one day my teacher held up my writing paper and said "you call this gifted and talented work?!" in front of the entire class.
In middle school and high school, Math never was (and still isn't) my greatest subject. I had to get tutored in it because I had such a difficult time understanding it. People that were supposed to be helping me with the subject would sometimes get frustrated with me because it would take me a very long time for me to understand a math problem.
Then a year and a half a go, in the summer before my sophomore year of college I had a professor who made me feel worthless and stupid. I even went to his office to make him aware that I had a learning disability, he said "if you need help, you can go to the success center". He was one of the worst teachers I have ever had for more reasons then just that one occasion. He was one of the reasons that I almost didn't graduate from my community college with my associates degree as well as screwing things up for me with transferring to the university I will be attending this september (Its a very long, frustrating story that if you really wanted to hear how awful he was I would tell you but to stop myself from rambling I'll move on).
I've been dealing with people who don't understand A.D.D for a long time, Not only with teachers but with other people as well.
Don't get me wrong, I have had many teachers and others that have influenced me. One teacher in particular was amazing. She is probably the biggest reason why I haven't given up on becoming a teacher. I wanted to be just like her, maybe even better. She was sweet, understanding, and just had so much pride in being a teacher and I loved it. One day she had us watch a video, it was about this guy named "Jonathan Mooney" who has written a book called "The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal". Jonathan Mooney has a learning disability like I do and in the video he is speaking at a school and talking about his life. It was truly amazing, it brought tears to my eyes. He talked about things to the staff and students that have happened to me and expressed how someone like me felt being a student with a learning disability. After watching that video, I realized that I wanted to have an impact on this world, even if its a small one. I want to help people to understand what people with learning disabilities go through. I want to be the teacher that my students look up to, I want to have an impact on their lives and encourage them to want to succeed and get an education. If I can do that...I will feel so accomplished. Even if it is just a single child.
Another thing I was also thinking about doing is taking my stand outside the classroom. Maybe going to teachers faculty meetings in many different school districts to talk to other teachers so maybe they too can help understand what "we" go through.

So this is finally where my point comes in....(If you have read this entire thing then thank you, I know it was long).
I need your help. I want to hear your stories about going to school or just about life with A.D.D in general,the frustrations you have had to go through or even people who have helped you...Anything.
If I am going to help other people understand what people with A.D.D go through then I need more examples then just my own. Even any suggestions would be appreciated.

I hope I can somehow encourage every one of my students to succeed no matter what anyone else does or says to them, If not all of my students...even one will do. I want them to be able to prove to the world that they can do it. I want to be one less person that tells them they "can't" or they are "wrong". That they should be proud of their "messy" handwriting and their "excited" behavior because thats who they are and why the heck should you have to be like someone else? Who's to say that they are "wrong". Maybe it is not the other people who are "normal"...maybe WE are the "normal" ones.

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
10:51 pm
The guilt of failing a class- a rambling rantCollapse )

*sigh* I'm done rambling now. Thanks for listening.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
9:19 am
Am I really ADHD?
Is it weird that I only use Adderall for reading/English stuff but not for math stuff? Could that mean I'm not really ADHD? Like, I don't need it that much for math, but for English and papers and stuff, I need it.

Sometimes I feel guilty for using Adderall because I wonder if I'm really all that ADHD.

Friday, February 13th, 2009
7:28 am
El-Ahrairah + Myth
I've always been interested in Mythology, back from when I was a very little girl. "The Last Unicorn" by Peter S. Beagle was my favorite movie, and soon after my favorite book. And no, not because it's about sparkly pretty unicorns. It was because it was about one unicorn, the very last one, and she was ancient and lonely and the story was told from her point of view, with many allusions to classical and medieval folklore and myth that I understood. I sometimes wondered why I liked Myths so much, and finally got an insight in Dr. Hallowell's book "Driven to Distraction". There's a checklist in there, which asks questions like "Do stimulants calm you down (coffee, etc)", "Do you find you have periods of intense concentration along with periods of feeling unable to concentrate at all?" You know, the usual diagnostic-type questions. But one question was "Are you interested in Mythology", and that piqued my interest. Why would it be there?

If you think about it, the function of mythology (and religion, for that matter, but I do -not- want to get into a flame war about that) is to organize a chaotic world for those who live in it. Where did the sun and moon come from? Why do people die? What made the animals? Are we like the animals, and if not, what made us different? Things like that, things that, if there is an answer, right or wrong, it lends a sense of structure to a very unstructured, often frightening world.

And the same goes for some of us. For me, and those of you who dive into Myths head first, the spiritual aspect is comforting. Someone believed in something, and believed in the same thing for a long long time. Their feelings and beliefs were stable - they were able to hold onto something solid. Even if you don't believe that there really is an Odin out there, or an Inanna or an Osiris, the thought that perhaps someone else did, and the stories themself, are a necessary retreat for a little while.

This all came back to mind after I reread the novel "Watership Down" by Richard Adams. It may seem like a book about rabbits and not terribly mythological at all, but if you look closer, isn't it interesting that the -rabbits- have a mythology? And the way it's presented is very 'rabbit-centric' - you are the predator of no one, and you have many enemies that will kill you if they catch you. The only thing that will save you is how fast you can run, how brave you are, and how intelligent you are. There is very very little about fighting or war in the belief system of rabbits. And they too have a personification of death...which looks like a rabbit.

In any case, I invite all of you to go read the book. And if you can't go get it, or still don't really buy it, check out the first 4 minutes or so of this youtube video. It's the beginning of the Watership Down movie, and it starts right off with the rabbits' creation Myth. Enjoy :)

The story of El-Ahrairah, Prince of Rabbits.Collapse )
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
3:30 am
i took adderall for 2 years when i was 15-17. I'm 20 now and even though 3 years have passed I still feel the reeling negative side effects. i know this is going to sound strange, especially as I read this community, but i never enjoyed my time on adderall. i was a miserable, albeit productive, bitch. I was prescribed up to 60 mg of time release adderall at one point. it was just too much but not enough (even with time release, its focusing effects faded quickly while my miserable mood and lack of appetite prevailed). i remember not feeling anything many days, not eating anything for as much as a week at a time (or barely eating). it ruined friendships because i had no feeling. my best friends collectively screamed at me for 2 hours and i walked away completely indifferent. it was that day i knew i couldn't do it anymore. we tried other drugs, but a lot of them made me physically sick or didn't affect me at all. after i went off of it i realized what a different person it made me. to the point that my boyfriend-of-the-time and i broke up because he told me he had no clue who i was anymore.

ever since then, it just doesn't feel like i've been firing on all levels. i feel like i'm an intelligent person, i scored about 140 on a university issued IQ test but i've just been missing something. it's not depression, it's just a lack of feeling still. i mean, i feel a lot more than i did while on the drug, but now its like not all of me is there. i have absolutely no memory span. i can't even remember some of my best friends' names sometimes. i'll look at them and have nothing. my inability to finish tasks has become worse. granted, i've learned to deal academically with my ADD/ADHD, but in my living habits it's starting to catch up with me. i can't keep my room clean, i can't perform simple tasks, i have trouble organizing my thoughts verbally.

after all this rambling, i should get to the point. can anyone point me in the way of some academic research on the lasting effects of adderall? or even just effects? or ways to cope without it? natural ways of helping? life coaching for those disinterested in rx solutions? personal stories? i don't want to go back but lately i've been feeling like its my only choice. i know i'm strong enough to do this without adderall, but I guess I'm just lacking on how.

(x-posted to several ADD/ADHD communities)
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
2:35 pm
A little help, please.
I've been back at school for about two weeks now, and I'm doing my damnedest to not fall behind, slide, or sink into bad academic behaviors again. I'm bound and determined to make this program work, to get all A's, to be really successful and make it all just -work- so I can get grad school going next year.

Yet even by week two I'm starting to feel some inertia about things. Going to class is not a problem - my classes are all packed into Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 until 5pm, so I might as well -go- rather than skip. Rather, the inertia is in tackling the homework, which to me feels very massive. The classes, as I see them, are all centered around the same core subject, while each investigates different attributes of that subject. To put it simply, one's Biology-based, one's Linguistics-based, one's Psychology-based, and one's Physics-based. I busted my ass last weekend, from Friday until Monday night, literally, to get done all the homework for week one, because there was a lot of review, especially for the Bio-based class. Thank the stars I got something out of that effort, because the next time the bio-based class came around I was way on top of the game and I knew what was going on and felt quite comfortable with the material.

My main problem right now is that, because the last homework was -SO- long (I'm talking at least 300 pages of reading and note-taking), I -REALLY- don't want to do it again. It's ludicrous and I should just get over it...but I can't. I really wanted today to be more productive than it was, and though I'm making excellent headway in the homework for the Physics-based class, I'm feeling great anxiety about the Linguistics-based and Psych-based one (and for the psych based one I still need to read about 100 pages and take notes). Even the thought of breaking up the psych reading into smaller bits and interspersing it with fun things and breaks is something I can't do right now.

I even took my 18 mg of Concerta this morning, along with my BC pill, had a good lunch (though I sugar crashed hard from breakfast and felt shitty all morning). I'm so frustrated! This is the kind of shit that made me fall behind before and I don't know how to snap out of it. I'm anxious about other stuff too, like finding a job, and that's weighing on my mind a lot, with the primary thought of "IF YOU WEREN'T SUCH A SELF-CENTERED ASS YOU'D STILL HAVE A JOB AND MONEY WOULDN'T BE AN ISSUE!!!".

So...can someone please suggest something? Anything. I want to nip this in the bud, and though I can't really defeat the whole anxiety issue, I'd like some advice for the little things. Does anyone else feel this way?


xposted to adults_add 

Current Mood: anxious
Monday, January 26th, 2009
7:41 pm
my phschiatrist gave me a script for strattera but i told him i wann atry something else he said no problem i asked about adderall he said ok come in on friday

Current Mood: excited
Monday, January 19th, 2009
4:16 pm
Strategies for reading?
Hello, fellow chemically challenged people! I'm in need of some advice.

I am a 25-year-old student diagnosed ADD at age 10. I went back to school last semester for the first time in three years, and am now a second semester education major. I've been off meds since I was 19, and have an appointment to get back on them tomorrow. I'm relieved for this, if a bit apprehensive (since I certainly had my reasons for stopping medication in the first place). I know the meds take time to kick in and stabilize, so I'm concerned about getting all my reading done for class between now and then. Between 30 hours of work, 15 hours of classes, a live-in partner, a new dog, and a youth group to facilitate, I have a very tight schedule, so I have to be able to make the most of the time I've set aside for studying (which I'm cutting into right now).

I'm no stranger to alternative learning strategies (first-hand and in my chosen field of study), but I'm running into a problem I didn't have the last time I was in school. I nod off while reading. Every time I do it. Given that on an awesome night, I get six hours of sleep, this shouldn't surprise me, but I can't seem to figure out how to work around it. It's worst at home, of course, but I need to be here during much of my study time. Music doesn't work because it can be distracting. If it's just instrumental it can help, but at some times (like right now) I can't play it because my partner is napping and I don't want to wake her.

Besides that, I'm having difficulty reading for the first time in my life. Reading was never a problem for me in terms of learning disabilities-- I learned to do it when I was three and have been voracious ever since. But this time around in school, I can't seem to absorb. Is this just me getting distracted, or have I lost verbal intelligence in adulthood? Will this go away with medication? I don't remember well what it feels like to be on meds, and I'm still figuring out the ways in which the AD/HD I have as an adult manifests differently than when I was a kid.

I know this is all rather fragmented, but I figure you're all used to that from your own brains. If anyone has any insights or suggestions for me, I'd appreciate them. Thanks!


(x-posted to adults_add)
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