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Posted by Drew Brejda on November 08, 2000 at 14:39:54:

In Reply to: Re: Possible ADD? Maybe?? posted by Mary on November 02, 2000 at 09:52:44:

: : Hi all,
: : I'm 13 years old and I think I might have ADD. I constantly space off, and more than others. Especially when whatever I am trying to concentrate on is boring. I.E. in my geometry class, I HATE it and it is SOOO boring and so I spend the entire time staring at my book but thinking about totally different things so when my teacher calls on me I never have any clue where we are. This also happens in every other class. As a result, my grades are low. It is affecting some other things too.
: : I can't concentrate the slightest bit, even when I'm just trying to fall asleep!!! I sometimes space out for like 30 min at a time thinking mainly about school and other stuff, mostly totally random, and then I fall asleep at like 2 when exhaustion overpowers me.
: : Part of this may be due to a processing disorder I have. However, it is very slight. About 8% of the things I hear I do not process or I process wrong. Maybe related???
: : Well thanks for reading this. Sorry it was a little long :-)
: : Becky

: Sounds more like what my daughter has. She was tested for ADD and has those tendencies but is not a true ADD. The doc felt she had so many thoughts going on in her head at one time that it was distracting her in school as well as at bedtime when she should be falling asleep. Why not talk to someone about being tested for ADD at a clinic that does such testing and then take it from there. If you don't think your parents will do it for you then ask someone at school about all of this and if they think it is a good idea then they could send a note home recommending ADD testing or perhaps bring it up to your parents at parent -teacher conferences. Good Luck.

You can contact a counselor or special ed teacher at your school or an ADD/ADHD Support Group in your area. Many children with ADD/ADHD are of above average intelligence which adds to them neing easily bored. However, the same can be said for children with a learning disability. Learning Disabilities are easily testable and readily recognized by Educators, ADD/ADHD is not.

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