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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.


Sep. 11th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate your input, I haven't completely woken up yet but when I do I will give this some more thought.

I think we could go forever without medication but we both get so frustrated! We will just have to wait and see, and in the meantime I have to research, research, research!
Sep. 11th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
one book that hasn't been mentioned to you but is a very good one for explaining the science behind an ADHD brain is: Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults, by Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D. it's a bit textbook-like and not as entertaining as some of the other books that have been recommended to you but if you really want to understand exactly what is going wrong in an ADHD brain, it is really good. as soon as you begin to read you will come across the term: executive disfunction. this is, according the the author of the book, what ADHD is all about. he uses the analogy of a symphony where all the instruments work but the conductor isn't leading them properly. and that's executive dysfuntion in the brain and can impact our learning, socializing... etc. anyway, i highly recommend that book. you might also want to visit: http://www.addforums.com/forums/index.php which is an online support network for people with ADHD and parents/teachers with ADHD kids. you can ask a lot of questions there and get a lot of opinions and information.
Sep. 12th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Hey thanks again, I heard of executive function disorder but it was almost like the guy was saying so and so did not have ADD they had executive function disorder. Confusing, no?
Sep. 12th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
ADD is an executive function disorder and more, so maybe he meant that's not all she has.


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