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In this episode, Megan answers a few questions about living with ADD. Discover how she was diagnosed and what she does to help combat her learning disability.
My name is Megan and I'm from Massachusetts. The thing that I will be talking about today is Attention Deficit Disorder. I have the inactive type, which is much more common in girls.
In my younger grades, when my parents didn't want to medicate me, I really was getting lower grades and I was not able to focus like during class, during tests and things. I was, you know playing with my hair, and like, you know, picking at myself, like crazy things. And I just wasn't able to concentrate on my work at all. It would take me hours and hours to do my homework.
When I was, I think, 20, I went to a neurological doctor and he did a whole series of tests on my brian, and he found ADD as one of the things that was going on. And he suggested I start taking medication. I was a little scared to take it at first because it's pretty addictive and it's a narcotic, but I decided that I would try it. And I tried it slowly and I really enjoyed it because I felt that it really helped me focus on like a single subject things. Also other things that help me, I run a lot. I'm a cross-country runner. I try to run like six miles a day, that really helps focus me. I get like the runner's high, you know, and that's really great.
I've definitely adapted to it, and I've accepted it. I feel like I've come full circle. A lot of people would say, you know, don't depend on it, don't stay - don't use it as a crutch, but I don't look at it that way. I just look at it as another challenge that God gave me, and I'm happy it's [unclear] and I feel like I really have and my life is great, and I'm living a happy, healthy, productive life despite the fact that I have some difficulties with learning and paying attention.