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My Story: Kimberly Scotchie

My Story: Kimberly Scotchie

After all the wasted years, medication and money – I finally found a great doctor who actually listened to me. He asked my background, drugs of choice and other questions. He then told me, "You’re not bipolar, but you have one of the worst cases of ADHD I’ve seen." This was about eight years ago (I’m now 64).

by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 14, 2018

My Story: Emy

When I was a child, the doctors never considered I had ADHD. After educating myself in recent years, I discovered it's a lot less diagnosed in women as often, it's a lot less visible, or at least doesn't always display in hyperactivity but more in inattentiveness and depression (certainly the case for me). I was just very aware I was different in my teenage years.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 5, 2018

My Story: Keith Fox

I find my mind wanders all over the place, and I am very sequential when it comes to handling tasks or listening to instructions. A lot of people do not understand ADHD, and this causes problems. I try my best to educate others on ADHD to help them better understand the condition. I also do my best on trying to keep my mouth shut and forgiving myself just because I am different than others. I just want others with ADHD to know that you do…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 28, 2017
My Story: Yvonne Pruitt

My Story: Yvonne Pruitt

I have always been extremely organized because my Mom taught me to be. She didn't know what ADHD was at the time, but even still she found ways to help me. Additionally, I became aware of why I did so many of the things I did. Some good and bad. I am susceptible to noise instead of thinking I was just easily annoyed, and I learned that sound overstimulated me. I also had always been told I was a touch me not, that wasn't the…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 12, 2017
Robert Smith

My Story: Robert Smith

I was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina and diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at a very young age. Growing up in the inner city, I endured many hardships, including being denied job opportunities and being shunned, ridiculed and tormented on a daily basis due to the disorder, something that continued into my adulthood. Despite everything I’ve faced, I’ve kept my faith and turned to God for help.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 16, 2015
My Story: Kristi

My Story: Kristi Lazzari

I was in my 30s before I sought diagnosis, and it was as if a light suddenly came on. All the things I'd always beat myself up for began to make sense. I could see the whole picture and see how the signs and symptoms had been there all along. It was gratifying, but also frightening. Just because I could put a name to my behaviors didn't mean I was going to be able to change them. I was scared that it wouldn't make a…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on May 26, 2015
My Story: Miranda Solevilla

My Story: Miranda Solevilla

I didn’t have a clue I was ADHD, but had been diagnosed with depression by my primary care physician. I’ve learned to rely on myself and on God for support. And talking to my therapist helps. It’s important to just be you no matter what, because you are special and unique in every way. I will not give up. I have hope, and believe in the power of my prayers. I know who I am and where I stand. And knowledge is power.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on December 3, 2014
Heidi Howarth

My Story: Heidi Howarth

It has been a long, long road. I have struggled with depression since I was a child, really. It was more that I struggled to fit into a 'normal' type of behavior, but my family was pretty disrupted. My dad had a violence and alcohol problem and so no one really noticed my struggles, there were more pressing things going on. I got myself through school, through college and I got my degree at university. I have always managed to stay functional and try to…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 19, 2014
My Story: David Willard

My Story: David Willard

From first grade, my parents and teachers knew there was something different about me. I preferred to sit in class and look out the window at nature and daydream, rather than pay attention to the lesson. Support is so important. Advocate for yourself because you are eligible for services but you need to search, listen and ask questions. Never be afraid to ask for help or ask questions about anything. Our best weapon is knowledge and we can help others by sharing it.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on September 9, 2014
Hannah Bowen

My Story: Hannah Bowen

As a child I was very hyper — I wouldn't even sit at the dinner table. When I was in high school, I discussed my issues with my doctor, who asked for statements from every teacher I had from kindergarten through to the 10th grade, as well as my parents. We also had a hearing with my current teachers and then my doctor diagnosed from there. All of them said the same thing: she can't sit still, has outbursts, takes too long to do in-class…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 28, 2014