Living with ADHD isn't easy. I should know. #beunderstood

It couldn’t have been easy for my parents. Raising a child with learning and attention issues is no day at the beach. It’s a journey full of ups and downs, successes and challenges, questions and decisions.

Can you imagine being an adult with the same learning and attention issues that went undiagnosed?

 

I wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until 15 years AFTER dropping out of college, due to my inability to pay attention.

At the time, I blamed it on the class being boring, and I’m sure that many people find Political Science lectures very stimulating.

Learning and attention issues are much more common than most people realize, in both children and adults alike. It can be very hard on parents and equally as hard on children – and when you are an adult struggling with these issues it can negatively affect your life and career as well.

I’m not sure just how many jobs I’ve lost due to my struggles, but the number is more than 75.

Not even kidding. I have four pages in a spreadsheet detailing each of them. I’ve even had a few jobs that lasted for ONE DAY ONLY.

My mother used to jokingly ask, “Which job should I tell my friends you are out of this time?” The truth is, it really wasn’t funny. I wish I had known what the real problem was.

HELP IS HERE

Understood.org has launched the new #BeUnderstood campaign to generate awareness and encourage people who are seeing or experiencing signs of learning and attention issues to visit Understood.org, to learn about these issues.

Understood is an organization that was created by a coalition of 15 nonprofits, and its content and tools were informed by a survey of more than 2,200 parents of children with learning and attention issues. Understood offers free daily access to experts through chats and webinars, a safe online community that encourages parents to reach out to and learn from each other and a suite of specially designed, first-of-their-kind tools.

Understand what you’re seeing – It’s hard to see your child struggle and not know why. Without understanding the reasons for his behavior, you may even come to some wrong conclusions.

Understand what your child experiences – You may know about your child’s specific learning and attention issues. But what do they experience on a daily basis?

Understand what you can do – Whether you’re new to this journey or have been on it for a while, you want to help your child make progress and find success.

Whether you have worked with your child on dealing with this struggle for years or this is something new for you, Understood has resources for everyone to learn how to help these kiddos with whatever challenges they face. The You & Your Family section helps families with practical solutions and advice for social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

If you think your child might have a challenge with learning, please do not wait. Every second counts.

Do you know anyone who can use some help?

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