Hi guys. You don't have to read this all ;P you can skip to the bottem. I just found this site and it looks great. Anyways, I was diagnosed with ADD in 6th grade. I eventually wanted off medication around the end of 6th grade. I didn't have good focus in school, though I would follow along with the teacher and listen to her. It's just when it came to actually doing the work I would loose focus and want to get up and walk around ;p. Like I would keep getting up to get a drink, sharpening my pencil ect. Though on most days it would be fine. Though I lost total interest in school by 6th grade and they wanted me too get tested for ADD, and they said I had it. So they put me on medications, though since I wasn't even doing my work anyways medications wasn't helping me ;P. I don't have any problems with things outside school. They put me on several different medication before I said I didn't want to be on them anymore. I am now in 8th grade and I am home schooled. I'm not doing that good, as I feel I could be doing better on medication. I am trying very hard, it is just hard for me. Because I pretty much blew off away 6th and 7th grade doing no work and doing no school work means doing no learning. I am terrified of doing bad in high school so I want to prepare. It's been along time since I took medication, should I just tell my doctor that I would like to be on medication again? Thanks for the help : /
Well, kid, I'm not sure how they came to your original ADD diagnosis. If you didn't have a VERY thorough psychological and learning evaluation done then, you really should now. While the diagnosis (ADD) may be the same, you might find out that there are other things going on - like learning disabilities - that are making learning difficult for you. Whatever they find, you'll be given very valuable information about how you learn (we all learn differently) and how you can help yourself learn more easily.
I admire the heck out of you for wanting to do well in high school! I bet you'll do fine and if you have to retake a class or two, it's not the end of the world. Just stick with it!
After the evaluation, if you think medication would help you in school, then tell your doc, by all means! You might also browse the bookstore for some books about study skills. I read a couple before I started college and they helped me an incredible amount.