The ADDled brain

Yesterday I took Pigpen to a new pediatrician. (Practically the only one on our side of the island…EVERYONE sees this guy.) His name is Dr. Bob. Pretty cool guy, I’d say. Really kid-friendly. I talked to him about Pigpen’s incontinence issues and he gave me a few good tips that I hadn’t heard of yet. (I’ll spare you the details.) But he was definitely super-quick to jump on the medication bandwagon. He whipped out that prescription pad for something that would relax my little one’s overactive bladder. I imagine it was pretty surprising to him when I declined. One thing that he did during the appointment, which really turned me off, is when he told Pigpen that “pretty soon the kids at school are going to start making fun of you for peeing your pants because you’ll smell.” Yeah. That’s real appropriate, Mr. Professional.

He also referred us to a “specialist” for the ADD diagnosis. The guy’s card says that he’s a therapist and a “coach.” I can’t help imagining some cheesy, plastic guy in cheap suit talking to us like he’s a car salesman or an annoying motivational speaker. Or even the guy in the cleaning product infommercials who yells very quietly. The coach’s card says “Helping tame the ADDled brain!” Is “addled” even a word? And if so, who uses it? He actually has a trademark next to the phrase, so apparently it’s uniquely his. The whole thing weirds me the fuck out.


8 Responses to “The ADDled brain”

  1. 1 Veronica March 20, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    It is a word. It means “to make or become confused”
    Kinda clever, actually. But I’m with you, “coaches” weird me out, too.

  2. 2 ladyareto March 21, 2007 at 12:50 am


  3. 3 antropologa March 21, 2007 at 1:57 am

    Big kids have more complicated problems than babies, huh? Something to look forward to. Best of luck in sorting out the problems and helping your son. He’s lucky to have a mother who pays such close attention to his care.

  4. 4 S March 21, 2007 at 2:08 am

    I have a good story about “coaches.” I caught a segment of a talk show where people came on there to get the support and courage they needed to give someone in their life an ultimatum. This beautiful, pulled-together looking 32 year old single woman comes on there and tells how she needs help telling her mooch of a younger brother to get a job and move out. He had been living with her for *10 YEARS*, sleeping on her sofa, eating her ice cream, leaving dirty socks on her floor. And what was her job? SHE IS A LIFE COACH. I’m not even making that up.

    I wonder if she had any clients left when she returned to her hometown after that show aired.

  5. 5 peggykerroll March 21, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Trademark? Oh Man! What a snort!

  6. 6 Louisa March 21, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Hey, DH over here has ADD and so we’ve been though this. Coaches for kids with ADD can actually help them avoid the need for medication, by using targeted behavior modification techniques which can be powerful and GOOD! Given that every male on DH’s side of the family has this issue and the genetic component is strong – if/when my boyos need intervention I shall be shopping for a coach ASAP. If you can find it there is a wonderful book called Driven to Distraction by Edward Hallowell.
    It quite literally changed our lives.
    Xx L

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