Dr. Allan Donsky – One of the most exciting things about working in the field is that how eminently treatable ADD is and the benefits that families and children can experience from having the right kinds of treatment. Children go from being Outsiders from being ostracized from being impulsive, distracted not having friends, always disrupting in the class, to being functional and more importantly the kids start to feel competent as individuals and I think as human beings that’s really what people want to understand is that they are feeling heard and they are understood by the world.
Gina Pera – it’s a question of is this person getting the information to to have the best life they can have? You know some people will get the idea that oh you’re just trying to make people with ADD be normal you know whatever that is, or like you, but it’s not it for me that’s not my motivation. I love to have people come to the adult group that I moderate and I love to see them elevate their lives you know they often come in with negative mindsets about what they can and can’t do in life and their limitations a lot of times they’re defining their personality by ADHD symptoms they often don’t know what their personality is because they’re so encumbered by symptoms, and so it’s just great to see people expand and stretch beyond symptoms and you know they still are themselves they still have you know some of the ADHD you know whatever you want to call it. I don’t make blanket characterizations of ADHD because everybody I know with it is different, but you know they don’t lose their personality it become more of themselves and less defined by symptoms and they have all kinds of new opportunities which to me is what what it’s all about for children or adults not to be defined by your limitations.