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Mom with ADHD

I have vivid memories from my school-aged years, of forgetting my homework, taking forever to finish tests, and never being able to concentrate on what the teacher was saying.  By the time high school came around, I was labeled as not the “typical” kid. I’d be daydreaming through class with a locker filled to the brim with random assignments, that were probably supposed to be turned in weeks prior.

It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I was finally diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by a healthcare professional after my twins were born. I started having numerous other debilitating health issues, which forced me to see countless specialists. During one of our long talks, he looked at me and asked, “have you ever been diagnosed with ADHD?” I replied “no” and on that day, I was tested and diagnosed with ADHD.

I remember that huge “aha” feeling when I left his office.  It wasn’t because I was lazy that jobs were often taking me triple the amount of time as others or that I had 15 different projects going on in my house at once because I always got sidetracked.  I wasn’t a horrible mom because I would sometimes forget to sign my son’s school agenda. I wasn’t rude because I couldn’t always follow along while friends were talking to me. Having that diagnosis somehow made so much of the guilt I was carrying around fade away.

I finally had a doctor explain to me how my symptoms could affect my day, and he soon began giving me options to make living with ADHD more manageable.

Educating myself about ADHD was the most important step for me.  Once I learned the facts about ADHD, I was able to make a decision with my doctor on which treatment option would be best for me. There are many ways to manage your ADHD symptoms including behavioral intervention, counseling, and/or medication. It’s important to always talk with your doctor to determine what option is best for you.

Some important facts to know about ADHD are:

  • ADHD is a chronic mental disorder which includes symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Diagnosis should be based on a complete history and evaluation of the patient by a healthcare professional.
  • It’s estimated 10.5 million adults and 6.4 million children in the U.S. are currently living with ADHD, so there’s a good chance that it impacts someone you know. Approximately 50 to 66 percent of children with ADHD in childhood continue to have ADHD symptoms as adults. Medication may not be appropriate for all patients with ADHD.
  • The specific etiology of ADHD is unknown. The diagnosis is made utilizing criteria specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5®), which is a tool used by HCPs in the US for the diagnosis of mental disorders. Only a trained healthcare professional can evaluate and diagnose ADHD.

ADHD has been around for a long time, however today there is a more advanced awareness of ADHD.  This allows doctors to understand the needs of individual patients better than ever before. For some, these needs include extended-release medications like Mydayis® (mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product), a treatment option for ADHD in patients 13 years and older. It is important to know that Mydayis is not for children 12 and younger. Remember, Mydayis and other stimulant medicines have a high chance for abuse and dependence. Your doctor should check you or your child for signs of abuse and dependence before and during treatment with Mydayis. It is important to know that Mydayis is a federally controlled substance because it contains amphetamine. You’ll find more important safety info below.

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