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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 10:53 am (UTC)
As far as medication is concerned, I have only one opinion when it comes to medicating kids: don't force it on them. Not everyone absolutely needs medication for ADHD, and I know quite a few people who were medicated in their youth and wound up feeling as if it had been forced on them, and resenting the fact that their parents had done it. And on the other hand, I know at least one person who has gone his entire life unmedicated, simply because his parents took many, many extra steps to pick up his slack (which may or may not be a good thing, because now he can't handle difficult situations himself, hehe). Your first step would probably be to get her to a psych doc or therapist--one who specializes or has some knowledge when it comes to adhd will have a lot of suggestions and coping mechanisms for her. And make sure to discuss that medication may help if she's still struggling. Suggest it, and let her tell you when she's ready.

And anecdotally, the disorganized thing, and you having to repeat yourself? That's incredibly common in people with adhd (I know I have to hear a question twice, and then stare at the person for a good 15-20 seconds while it processes, if my mind was elsewhere at the time). Though that alone is not enough of an indication of adhd, which was best explained to me as an extreme end of a continuum. Everyone has scatter-brained days, or certain things that distract them. Everyone gets "a little add" sometimes. It's when you face those issues on a daily basis to a much higher, disrupting amount that it actually becomes diagnosable adhd.
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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