Can a child tell he has ADHD?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Can a child tell he has ADHD?
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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 2:57pm
I have two sons, age 12 and 8. The 8 yo was diagnosed w/ ADHD four years ago, and has been on medication for three years. He is doing fairly well - we still have our moments but he functions well on the medication. I have tried to explain what I can to my other son so that he has some patience and understanding for his little brother.

The 12 yo started middle school this year, and has not done very well. He has a lot of "disruptive behavior" comments, doesn't complete his work, talks a great deal, etc. All of his teachers say he is not performing to the best of his ability but I can't seem to make him do any better on his report card. Last night he came to me and said he thinks he is "hyper" because he can't sit still and pay attention in school, and that is why his grades aren't good this year. He was very serious, and I could tell by the way he came in my room he wanted to talk to me about something.

Is it possible for a child to have that much self-awareness? I honestly do not think he is intentionally trying to make an excuse for his poor grades - I believe that he sees some of his brother in himself and that he believes he does have a problem. Do I call the family doctor and say my child thinks he has ADHD - can you see him? Do I call his teachers? Ideas, anyone?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 05-23-2003 - 4:55pm
I would contact his teachers first off to see what they see. It is worth looking into, and I would want to know from the teacher's perspective, how things are going. If they feel that there is something going on, that warrants further investigating, you could make a visit to a doctor who specializes in ADHD/ADD. Or see a child psychologist, to have him discuss with your son what is causing him this concern. He may very well have something going on..But start with the teachers and go from there. Good Luck and keep us updated.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 05-24-2003 - 6:02am
I'd call the doc and have him looked at. If this is his first year in middle school, he may be having trouble adjusting. But, if he's saying to you that he's having trouble sitting still and paying attention, then he needs to know that you are taking him seriously. Even if he doesn't have ADHD, it's worth exploring further simply to put your mind (and his) at rest. My 11 y.o. DS (ADHD/ODD) will tell me on days where he felt hyper at school, or if he is feeling wired or something. This could be nothing more that some adjustment issues, or even pre-puberty stuff going on ... but why second guess? Set up an appt and have it explored. I wouldn't, however, mention anything to the teachers until you have results.

Nancy

Nancy 

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