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Hello, I'm in a sort of odd situation. I'm fourteen, and I believe I have ADD/ADHD. I have suspected this for a while. I'm inattentive, restless, et cetera. It's started to interfere with my schoolwork.

My younger brother has some sort of disability along the lines of ADD. (Though that, autism, and several others have been ruled out.) Because we do not have the money to see a specialist, he hasn't been diagnosed. In the absence of treatment and management options, my mother has resorted to babying him.

I'm afraid if I confess to my mother that I think I have ADD, she'll accuse me of trying to make myself the center of attention and completely dismiss me. I really want to get help, as I am starting high school in September, and I'm afraid of my grades slipping. I almost got thrown out of marching band for not being able to concentrate. But I'm so afraid of my mother rejecting me.

Any advice you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Hello,

The best advice I can give you is to tell your mother that you think you might have ADD/ADHD and that you want to get checked by a doctor. Your mom will most likely not reject you, but make sure SHE knows that you want to know for sure because your lack of concentration would eventually begin to severely effect your school work.

I don't have much experience in this field, but this is the best advice I can give you on this topic.

I hope this helps,

Brittney

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I can answer any questions that have to deal with managing friendships between girls and boys. Question topics can include: dating, how to handle disputes, jealousy, how to know when one is being taken advantage of, healing friendships, and other topics similar to these. Other topics include how to handle disagreements with parents, or dealing with parent child relations in general. If you are a parent and want to ask a question, I can answer questions regarding how to relate to your kid in this generation, the best way to surprise them with that gift they've been wanting, etc.

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Life has been my teacher. I have always been the go to person when friends had disputes and have successfully fixed many friendships between my friends and their friends. I grew up in a family with a doting dad and an emotionally distant mom, and I have dealt with emotional and verbal abuse from my mom for a few years. We have since repaired our relationship, and I have used my experiences with her to help friends deal with their issues with their parents.

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I studied psychology in college. I was also a child development major for toddler through age 18. I enjoyed studying the periods of adolescence & teen years (10-18) because these are the years children start really figuring out who they are, as well as it being a time where maintaining friendships is important.

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