My ADHD Story Part I

Many of my clients, family and friends ask me about my experience with ADHD. Here’s the first part of my story. In the weeks to come, you’ll learn more about what led me to a career as an ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning Coach. When I was around six or seven, I wasn’t like the other children. I was very difficult to manage and couldn’t focus even on the simplest of tasks. School, home and other activities were extremely difficult. My parents were concerned.

So here I was, a “difficult” and “out-of-control” child with more questions than answers. My parents didn’t know what ADHD even meant and many of my teachers felt it was an excuse. However, the funny thing was my teachers tried to make it about intelligence and decided to put me in the lower academic groups. Wouldn’t you know…I was out-performing most of the smart kids in my class. The next step was to remove me from the class on a regular basis and isolate me from my peers. They felt my behaviors were contagious and didn’t want me ruining the experiences of the other children. The school failed to mention the above to my parents. When my parents started asking questions, no real answers were given. Basically, my parents had no idea what was occurring at school.

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The problem became obvious when my parents came to pick me up from a birthday party. I was ostracized by several of my peers. As I later found out from the host and his friends, I was invited to be a target (I’ve rarely told this story, but it was a major turning point in my life).

They knew something had to be done and went into the school demanding answers and expecting results. Well, here I am today. So there’s the results. I love my parents more than words can say. But don’t think it happened overnight. As you read in future entries it took a lot of adversity and diligence to get to this point of my life.

Several years later, my mother ran into the mother that hosted the birthday party. The host mother broke down into tears and expressed her remorse that had built up over the years. She went on to tell my mother how her son was struggling as an adult. While many may have been satisfied by this news, I take no pleasure in his demise. Nothing will stop me from becoming the husband, father and professional I want to and have become. To me, that is the ultimate revenge.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit www.adhdcoachchicago.com. To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit www.carrolleducationalgroup.com and www.iepexperts.com. I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookGoogle Plus and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at jonathan@adhdefcoach.com or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

Comments

  1. 🙂 awesome story.

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