Last updated: Jun 04, 2009
Simply getting a diagnosis helped
For years, Lacey Galbraith, 32, felt like a failure because she had to work so hard to focus on tasks that others seemed to breeze through. During college and graduate school, she gladly contributed to class discussions, but taking tests was agony. "I'd read the question, hear the person next to me breathing, think about the sandwich I was going to eat at lunch, agonize over the answer, think about the sandwich, then reread the question yet again," she says.
Medication is my missing ingredient
While Galbraith discovered that she had ADHD because her mother was diagnosed first, it's more common for a parent to follow in a childs footsteps. "Many adults seeking help for their children recognize symptoms in themselves," Dr. Markey says.
I use the 30-second rule
For some women with ADHD, the answer may not be therapy or meds, but a strict, self-imposed set of behavior changes. Thats what worked for Desi Downey, 51, of Franklinton, La., who frequently drove herselfand her familycrazy by setting an object down in the wrong spot and then spending the next hour looking for it, starting projects that shed never finish, and jumping from subject to subject in conversations.