Monday, January 07, 2013
Well, I feel like a rank newbie all over again. I learn things. I'm a digger, a researcher, a doer; but this is new for me. Oh, I have some peripheral knowledge about the disorder. I have dear friends who have it, and I have two nieces who also received a diagnosis when they were young (they're teens now). But it's different when it becomes your problem.
My daughter was pretty much born hyperactive. She would never take naps (Even as an infant) and refused to sleep in the car. She has always been a mover, continuously active. A complete live wire.
I didn't realize how pronounced this was until I had my second child.
When she entered first grade, though, this fall, it really started affecting her ability to function in school and at home, so I bit the bullet, and we started the process in November to get a diagnosis and some treatment.
Today, I got the news. She "absolutely has ADHD", to use the words of her psychologist. Pretty definitive. Not that we had any doubts; when filling out the questionnaire, pretty much every question was answered "very" or "yes."
She also has two other issues we weren't aware of. She's also got ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) and anxiety disorder. Those were a surprise, but only the names. In hindsight, I completely see it, and I do not disagree with it.
I'm standing on a precipice, and I'm not sure which way to go; I know there are tons of resources out there, I just have to find them. I have the vocabulary in my head... now it's just time to figure out what all those words *mean*.
First step: Figure out how to respond to all those "ADHD is overdiagnosed" assholes that have to use their armchair psychiatry degrees to tell me what my kid's just fine.