My eyes have been opened wide by my recent stint in homeschooling my daughter. She is diagnosed ADHD and bipolar. She’s eleven. We give her a mood stabilizer for the bipolar and that has really made a world of difference in leveling her out and keeping her grounded to reality. There were a couple manic episodes where she completely lost touch and that was really scary. I have always thought of the ADHD as kind of secondary, I have no experience with it and she seems to be doing so much better. But sitting down with her for several hours a day, working through the curriculum with her I can see where it is definitely effecting her. She rushes through everything, causing right answers to the wrong problems. Her handwriting is atrocious because she can’t stand to take the time to write it out. Everything is rush, rush, rush. She’ll stop midsentence on composition and tell me a random fact she picked up in science. We sped through six hours of scheduled work today in two and a half hours!?
The thing is, I am scared of ADHD meds, I don’t know anything about them or their side effects. I DON”T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ADHD! I have seriously got to research this, I’ve made the mistake of blowing it off for too long. She is obviously struggling with this. I feel like I need to do something about this right now. Right NOW. At best it will be weeks, most likely months with the hoops you have to jump through and transferring records, referrals and all that jazz. I really feel for her teachers, hopefully we will have it in check by the fall. Right now I just need to be patient, despite my current manic status, and know that there is no quick fix. Just like our shared bipolar, there is no cure, all we can do is educate ourselves and manage as best we can.