Ryan’s Story

Im a 30 year old male, who has lived with ADD through all my life, and really am sick of it.

Throughout my grade school years, I had trouble with focusing in on my teachers and couldnt help day dreaming. In the first grade I was a little ahead in math, but had trouble with my reading. As time went on, I started liking reading more than math, to where I was placed in a special classroom for my math, which really hurt me with my self respect. At one time in grade school, I had many friends, but the more I had to be pulled out of my home rooms to go to the special classes, and not doing good with tests, my flow of friends, soon slowed to a trickle at best. I was teased, allot of times during my grade school, actually through out of my k-12 school years as being stupid/dumb, which also hurt my self respect.
My parents concerned with my poor math skills, and problems with organizing my notes, able to follow simple tasks, paying attention, soon had me tested, and I was diagnosed with a learning disability during my time in 3rd grade.

My time during Middle school, was filled with once gain the special class rooms, never ending teasing from a particular kid. No matter what I did, he was always their to make my life a living hell. But thank god for my 6th grade home room teacher, the particular kid stopped bothering me and in turn the rest of my time in middle school went good.

However, because of how kids saw me in grade school, middle school, now entering Jr. High, I was treated like I wasnt even there, looked down by some, I felt rather alone during that time, thank God, my family was always there for me, and saw me through that time.

As my K-12 years went on, I had my ups and downs, but really couldnt figure out any way of being able to control how ADD effected my life.

A few years ago, I was tested and diagnosed with food allergies, and am getting shoots.

Now being 30 years old, I have poor social skills, and dont have much of any friends. I am still having problems of not being able to recall chapters that Ive just read, and at times having urges of having to fall asleep not matter what I may be doing. Because of this, I have fallen behind in my classes and tests currently in college.
One technique that I have always used to help me remember is called Mega Memory. Its actually done by adding everyday objects to numbers, for example: A tree goes with number one, and with that you add what you have to remember to number one as a funny image.

I find that it does help, when having to remember specific names, dates, words.

How have all of you, been able to live, study, work, making friends with living with ADD