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"I'm Tired of Having ADHD": My Son's Surprise Confession

When my son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 6, I was almost relieved. It confirmed what my husband and I had suspected all along, and pushed us to finally address his issues.

My son had the opposite reaction when I told him. He burst into tears and cried, “I don’t want that! I don’t want that!” I was heartbroken.

But that was the first and last time during his childhood that he ever shared his feelings about having ADHD. He started medication early on, which made a huge difference for him. He still had struggles, however. With ADHD, focusing on schoolwork and navigating social settings were tough throughout his school years and even into college.

Still, my son was always a persistent and resilient kid. With things that really mattered to him, like playing sports and working after school, he put himself out there time and again, even at the risk of failing.

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