Could she really be ADD??

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Could she really be ADD??
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Thu, 12-03-2009 - 2:24pm

My entire family says she is fine, teachers have told me she is fine but as her mother something has nagged at me for

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Thu, 12-03-2009 - 3:10pm

HI, and welcome


If you believe your child may have ADHD, then you need to contact a Neuropsychologist, and have her evlauated. There is

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 12-08-2009 - 9:07am

I'm SO not an expert, obviously, and you didn't say that much, but yes, that could be ADHD-inattentive. Mine was like that at age 6 (1st grade), way too often in a world of his own. We actually did Connors in Dec, he 'wasnt' ADHD, and then redid in May & he was. So much of this is how ADHD-like "normal" kids are, sometimes.

So, OK, ADHD-inattentive kids CAN concentrate on things that they really like (for mine, things like computer games & legos, back then). They can be really bright (sounds like yours loves reading!) & be compensating for the attentional weaknesses with that brightness, but eventually it all catches up on them, as school gets harder. The trick is to start medicating BEFORE that happens, of course...

Seriously, yes, both the "zoned out", and the lack of social skills that you are indicating are ADHD indicators. Probably worth the time/money for a good ADHD eval. Certainly worth hitting a couple of the ADHD sites & books and reading more.

Megan
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Registered: 11-25-2009
Thu, 12-10-2009 - 11:15am

She could have inattentive ADHD but she could also have a gazillion other things that make kids

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Thu, 12-10-2009 - 11:47am
I would NOT recommend seeing a Pediatrician, because 1) they are not qualified to diagnose, and 2) ADHD , esepcially Innattentibve type, and especially in girls is harder to diagnose than any other type. It DOES cause problems in school when kids "zone out", because if they cannot focus they cannot complete anything and they don't reach tehri full potential. My DD is 12, has ADHD /IN, and yes, it causes problems in school, but with Meds, and her IEP, she gets thru nicely. I would ask your Ped for a referral to a qualified Neuropsychologist, because as the PP said, it can be any number of things.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 02-14-2007
Thu, 12-10-2009 - 7:33pm
Pediatrician is just not the right doctor at all.

Denise

Denise