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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. 20th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
I have not read the other comments to your posting so please forgive me if I am repeating something. I was "diagnosed" with ADD in my 30's when I was struggling to finish my Ph.D.and for a few years I took amphetamines (Adderall) for that. When this was happening my son was beginning grade school and I felt a lot of pressure from teachers to have him medicated as well. Teachers perceived him as inattentive, unfocused and disorganized. I informed myself of the long-term side effects of ADHD medications, particularly on children, and decided to wait. Fortunately a very good school psychologist, after administrating him several tests, concluded that he was a smart and creative kid who was bored with the general school setting. Her advice was to enroll him in the "gifted and talented program". Looking back, despite the fact that he was not always on top of all his disciplines, I believe I did the right thing. My son is a junior high student now, he has learned strategies to get more organized and has finally come to terms with time management. My advice is, if she is not falling way too behind that it compromises her self-esteem and ability to function, give it a time. We all get there, in our own time.
Sep. 21st, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for that! I think I am going to wait for awhile and see how she does, she is starting at a new school this year and seems interested for the first time in I don't know how long....

That is pretty much what the doc suggested as well.


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