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Diving Into My Son’s ADHD Diagnosis Allowed Me To See My Own Struggles

Laura Yuen
Star Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Dr. Lidia Zylowska, a psychiatrist with the University of Minnesota Medical School says that it’s common for parents to realize they might have ADHD when navigating the diagnosis for their children.

Star Tribune

It was one of those books so engrossing that I didn’t see the twist coming.

The neuropsychologist who diagnosed my first-born son with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) recommended it so I could better understand how my oldest was wired. The title, “Smart But Scattered,” seemed like a brilliant description for my creative, distracted second-grader.

Filling out a questionnaire in the book, I showed no mercy while judging his ability to remember where he put his hat and gloves, or whether he could stick to a morning routine before school. No surprises here.

But a few pages later, I had to evaluate myself as a parent. On a scale from 1 to 7, the book implored, how would I rate myself on the following statements?

No matter what the task, I believe in getting started as soon as possible.
Procrastination is usually not a problem for me.
I have a good memory for facts, dates and details.
It is natural for me to keep my work area neat and organized.
Welp! Who wrote this book, and how do they have a window into my disheveled, free-spirited soul?

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