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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 01:02 am (UTC)
Here's Wikipedia on what inattentive ADHD is, exactly.

My best suggestion, since I'm not a doctor and haven't met you or your daughter, is to do lots of reading yourself and learn strategies to help her. She's going to need help with organization in a big way. Anything by Ed Hallowell is awesome, and you might want to look for Sari Solden's book about women with ADHD. It's one of the few books out there about how ADHD presents in females. There are also a couple (that I haven't read) about girls in particular, and I highly recommend Michelle Novotni's book, What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't, which is about social skills. (I need to buy it; our library doesn't have it.)

Medication (yes, stimulant medication) could be a lifesaver; inattentive ADHD doesn't mean that medication is unnecessary. So don't be against it just because she's not physically hyperactive; her brain is hyperactive, which is what causes the inattention.

A lot depends on how old she is, of course.

And, finally, you (and her father) might want to consider getting tested for ADHD yourself.

Edited at 2010-09-11 01:02 am (UTC)
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, I will definitely see if my library has those books.


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