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Hi there, I'm creeping through here because my daughter has been diagnosed with inattentive type ADD and I guess I have to say I don't understand. I myself am completely scatterbrained so I guess she could have inherited it from me, but how do you know for sure when someone has it?

One thing I know for sure is she is completely disorganized and when I ask her a question more often than not I have to repeat myself before I get an answer.....

I have alot of well meaning people in my life who say that ADD can be a symptom of watching too much television or playing too many video games.

What is your opinion on medication and seeing a psychologist? Should I be forcing her to go to one if she really doesn't want too? This discussion may be pointless because I think I wasted the doctor's time when I maybe hadn't accepted the diagnoses. He said wait two months and if I feel at that point she needs medications make an appointment otherwise keep on trucking.

Any answers would be appreciated.


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indy_md
Sep. 11th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
from what i've read in the books karalianne named, medication is usually the main and suggested treatment for all types of ADHD. after medication, behavioural therapy is sometimes considered if the child still has problems managing herself and socializing with others. the therapy would come from a psychologist experienced with ADHD or a counsellor with similar experience... sometimes schools even have special programs to teach kids how to modify their behaviour. and i don't mean behaviour as in acting bad... just in the general sense of their everyday being.

my mother is a school teacher and while she has no part, other than to recommend a child be tested, in the diagnosis or treatment of ADHD, she says anecdotally that when a child with ADHD is not medicated it isn't fair to the child because it doesn't give him/her the chance to learn. but that's just her view and experience. she basically thinks ADHD children who aren't medicated have to work a whole lot harder than other children to achieve the same learning outcome.

i wasn't diagnosed until i was an adult. i did fairly well in school but i never reached the A+ level that my teachers expected of me, due to my intelligence level. university is where i really fell apart. all of a sudden i couldn't get by on just my smarts and i failed classes and dropped out a few times before finally finishing a degree at the age of 26. i then went on to have trouble in my chosen career field due to what i now know is ADHD, and i've gone back to school. i am now medicated (i take ritalin) and i can't imagine how i ever got by without it. my world is just so much clearer now and i am capable of understanding the course material i had failed my first time at university. i failed grade 12 math in high school and last year, due to ritalin, i passed the adult equivalent of grade 12 math... and got a B! i can't even begin to comprehend math without ritalin... i just can't hold the numbers in my head. medication is also a must for me if i am going to have a social life. i was taking a ritalin break this summer and my best friend said i was scary to be around. my temper was quick and i was negative all the time. i also, apparently shouldn't drive without ritalin because i can't pay attention to the road. she was so glad when my ritalin break was over and i was back to being the friend she knew and loved. ADHD affects all areas of my life and without it i have tried and tried but only failed. i'm tired of failing... so if i have to take a pill to succeed, so be it.

i have ADHD Predominantly Inattentive type. i take short acting ritalin every day and augment it with an antidepressant that also treats ADHD, called wellbutrin.

my advice to you would be to learn the science behind an ADHD brain and figure out for yourself if you think it is a medical problem that needs to be corrected with medication. i personally think so... but it is a conclusion that you have to make for yourself. reading the books mentioned above will help you understand ADHD better.

kirakuni01
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I will have to keep researching and hopefully we can find a solution.
indy_md
Sep. 11th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
i just noticed you are canadian... so am i! would you like to be friends. i talk about adhd a bit in my journal because i'm back in school, making a career change. check out my info and friend me if you think we'd get along. cheers! oh... and LJ has a MUCH more active community called adults_add that you can also join and get info from.
kirakuni01
Sep. 12th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Love Canadians, being one myself, will add you. I don't post much as I am trying to do this thing called life but I love new friends.
indy_md
Sep. 12th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Well, I don't post as much as I used to for the same reasons.

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