Can a child tell he has ADHD?
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|Fri, 05-23-2003 - 2:57pm|
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?