Madison McCormick_ENG105_800_I-Search.docx - Madison McCormick ENG 105 Dr Wilson September 4 2019 Word Count 2,751 Learning Differently What I Know and

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Madison McCormick ENG 105 Dr. Wilson September 4, 2019 Word Count: 2,751 Learning Differently What I Know and What I Want to Find Out (617) Throughout my life, I have always had to work harder and study for longer than everyone else. This constant struggle left me wondering if something was wrong with me, or maybe I wasn’t as smart as everyone else. Nevertheless, I persevered through the many long nights of studying and struggling up until my senior year. I decided to get to the bottom of what was really occurring here. I went to my doctor and explained my situation, from there he proceeded to run many long and seemingly pointless tests. The results came back, and I was diagnosed with ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder. ADD is a subset of ADHD, the difference is the “H” which stands for hyperactive, a component I did not possess. Through the process of getting tested and setting out a plan, it was revealed to me that my father too was tested and diagnosed with ADD when he was younger. It left me wondering if I will be forever cursed with this disability, and there was nothing I could do about it. Without really knowing much about ADD at the time, I accepted my fate, but now I am set out to understand the underlying truths and facts about this disorder. When I was first diagnosed the doctor explained it to me by simply just stating the facts. She told me that I am what she would consider a “highly functioning” individual with ADD. Which means that without proper testing I would have never known that I had this disorder, and always wondered why I was constantly a few steps behind my peers. From there, we discussed
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further actions and possible ways that I could work past this learning disability. It began with odd learning techniques and a game of Russian roulette with all sorts of medications. After months of me playing the doctors guinea pig we finally found a regimen that suited my needs. This consisted of setting aside quiet study time with zero distractions, sitting in the front in all of my classes, and 30 mg of Adderall a day. The last part of the regime has had me worried ever since. As I begin my years here at NAU I wonder what my future holds and what possible tolls this disorder could have on my career path. The idea of taking medication for the rest of my life has always frightened me. I’ve come to realize that it’s not like a normal illness where you take medication for a short period of time and stop when you’re better. For ADD, the medication only makes you better if you keep taking it. The possibility of addiction and dependency on the medication has left me worried that maybe these might be issues I will have to deal with later in life. I wonder if there are other routes that I could take and if maybe there will come a day when I don’t need this crutch anymore.
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