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Star proves there’s no shame in asking for help

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Mercury – Adam Comrie was saying the wrong things and doing the wrong things. The Guelph Storm defenceman was having trouble caring, focusing and getting motivated.

But it wasn’t his fault.

So, in December, there was a meeting at the Sleeman Centre to decide the immediate future of the talented Storm defenceman, who is also a draft pick of the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers.

At the meeting were Comrie, his Guelph billet family, members of the Storm coaching staff and Comrie’s mother, Kim, who had travelled from their home in Virginia.

Kim Comrie could tell when her son was slipping.

“I came up because I knew I had to. As a parent I don’t care if he plays pro hockey, but I care that he doesn’t kill himself,” she said over the phone from Virginia, where she is an administrator at an elementary school.

Adam Comrie has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurobiological disorder usually thought of as a childhood problem that affects a person’s ability to regulate attention, thought, concentration, emotions and behaviour. There are three forms of the disorder. Comrie has one that doesn’t include being hyperactive. Impulsive behaviour is a frequent symptom.

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