I am Varmint. My husband is Stu. My children are Paddy and Kit Cat.
Myself, Paddy, and Kit Cat have all been diagnosed with moderate to severe ADHD. Stu is the opposite of ADHD and his full time position as husband and father is attempting to keep us from straying too far from the main path. It is a difficult job, but one he is very good at doing.
On this blog, I will attempt (with the help of the fam) to describe what life is like when you have ADHD. My hope is to help families who find having a child/parent with ADHD a struggle and to give advice on to how to change that struggle to a lifetime of adventure! Because ADHD should never be a battle if you fully understand the potential we have. I also hope to educate others on exactly what ADHD is because it can be complex diagnosis. It is so complex, that the school systems refuse to use the diagnosis in paperwork for IEP’s or 504’s and list the reason for receiving help in school as “other health impairment” because of the complex nature of each individual. But more on that later.
For full disclosure, I am not a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or any other ‘ist’ out there. I am first and foremost an adult who has lived with ADHD my entire life. I was not diagnosed until I was in my twenties and fought most of my school life to understand why I was so different from everyone else. My children were diagnosed early due to my pushing the issue with doctors. I have studied and researched all I can on ADHD so I can be a good advocate for my children. On this blog, I will share my information with you.
Medication is always a topic of discussion when it comes to this mental disorder and I would like to say upfront that I neither advocate nor oppose medication for children or adults. There are excellent reasons to use it and others to not. As for my family, we are all medicated. Paddy doesn’t really have much of a choice, because without medications his grades and social life drop drastically. Myself and Kit Cat use medications in order to maintain our thought processes. However, all of us are medication free on our days off from school or work in order to give our bodies a break. Medication is not for everyone diagnosed, and there are many alternatives that can help, especially diet, and I’ll go over all of that on this blog.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!