This morning I interviewed Linda Roggli, founder of ADDiva. Her profile will appear on the site in the coming days. This post, however, has come about as a result of that interview. Linda and I spoke for quite a while, longer than either of us probably planned for the conversation, but we ended up speaking of so much more than her enterprise (which is great, by the way). We ended up sharing personal stories of our children with ADHD.
After the interview, I ended up feeling as if I had received so much more than I had given. To be honest, it has been a while since I shared the story of my son, struggling with bipolar disorder, depression, suicidal tendencies and ADHD so frankly with someone else. It was not his struggles that I talked most about though, it was my struggles with the situation.
The conversation reminded me of how often we end up feeling as if we are struggling alone. We feel as if no one else may understand and that no one else is going through exactly what we are. It feels as if we are in this by ourselves.
But the opposite is true. Millions of people struggle with ADHD each day and many more are impacted by ADHD or other mental illnesses in their families. Reaching out and connecting with other people is such an important part of managing symptoms. Although it helps to know others are going through the same situations, it is even more important to know that somewhere out there are people that are not going to judge you, your family or your situation.
There are so many ways to reach out and connect with others:
- Use this site to share your stories, your struggles and your successes.
- Find a virtual support group
- Use CHADD or ADDA to look up a support group in your area
No matter how you may choose to reach out and no matter whether you are trying to manage your own ADHD or you are impacted by a family member’s ADHD, you will find that as much help as you may offer the other person, you will receive so much back in return.
Linda’s enterprise began with a dream of connecting women with ADD. She has succeeded. Thank you Linda for being an inspiration to all women with ADD.
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.