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Your column about attention-deficit disorder described me to a T. The relief that all things from being late for appointments to misplacing just about everything is a reflection of a medical condition, not a "lack of caring" on my part, is very, very significant. - Correctly Diagnosed at Last

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ADD is tough. It is very difficult to diagnose since most people have some of the characteristics of ADD or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. While you know that you have ADD, you cannot use this as an excuse. Instead, you have to use the diagnosis as a stepping stone to find ways to better cope with your disorganized ways.

It does an injustice to young children to let them think that having ADD or ADHD is an excuse for behaviors that are causing them to have problems with school. Instead, they must be taught techniques that will help them eliminate or at least better handle the many problems associated with ADD or ADHD.