Excerpt from "Panic Less, Live (and love) More: Raising a Child with ADHD" by Ann Douglas

"My first thought as I read through an email from my son's employer at his first full-time job? This never happens in real life. The message couldn't have been more glowing. 'He has a high energy level as he applies himself to his work and an incredible curiosity that is a joy to feed and witness.' You can find that email in a folder on my harddrive labelled Awesome.

Life wasn't always like this for Scott, now 22. He was first diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when he was in Grade 1. Scott was always a very busy child--constantly on the move. And you could tell, just by looking at him, that his brain saw the world as a series of puzzles to solve. His next younger brother, Erik, now 21, who was quieter by nature (unless he became frustrated), received the same ADHD diagnosis in Grade 3. Looking back now, I remember more of the hilarious antics that the I-want-to-pull-my-hair-out moments, but there was also the frustration that came from doing battle with a world that had yet to recognize ADHD for what it is--a neurological impairment--and that still insisted on treating children with ADHD as problem kids."

Read the rest of this article in the October 2012 issue of Canadian Family.