When I was younger, there was a song on the radio that said “you’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.” I have always taken that to heart and believed that everybody should have something for which they are willing to take a stand. Lately, it seems, that my cause has been championing the plight of children with Attention Deficit Disorder. I have watch my 15-year-old daughter struggle her entire life with a disorder that many people do not believe actually exists. I can tell you, no I can assure you, it most certainly does. To see a child who has tested as a genius repeatedly call herself stupid and actually believe it, down to her very soul, is heart wrenching. My daughter has spent years being taunted by her peers because she rarely picks up on and understands concepts the first time around, asks many questions, and sometimes ends up being trapped in her own little world. As we begin the journey toward college, I have to fight every instinct I have as a mother and remind myself that she needs to learn to do things on her own and stand up for herself. Read more
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