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Letters: You, Me, and ADHD

Peck, Barbara

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000399230.85231.92

Prospect, CT

I wish to comment on the article from your February/March 2011 issue, “You, Me, and ADHD.” I cannot possibly put into words the tremendous respect and admiration I have for Curt and Shonda Schilling. Four of their children have ADHD, one also has Asperger's syndrome, and Curt has ADHD as well. They show how seeking treatment with love and patience made their family as strong as it is today. It is truly inspirational!

My husband and I have two daughters. Our seven-year-old has ADHD, ODD (oppositional defiance disorder), and a form of epilepsy. She is seeing a pediatric neurologist, a psychiatrist, and a therapist for behavior management. My husband and I are attending coaching sessions with a therapist on how to manage our daughter's impulsivity, anger, and mood swings.

At times it's frustrating, but like Shonda Schilling says, “Take a deep breath, it's going to be okay.” Hearing her words of wisdom brings us back to the very core of what family is all about: love, patience, and doing whatever is necessary to make sure one's child is not treated as a “condition” but an actual person. All children deserve that.

Barbara Peck

Prospect, CT

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