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Posted by Mary on November 16, 2000 at 10:19:44:

In Reply to: Is it really ADD or just a cop-out posted by Brandie on November 15, 2000 at 14:46:24:

: For the past two years my son has been falling behind in school. We thought maybe we should him back in the second grade this year. We have been looking into several different reasons why he is unable to focus, remember, or learn. He is a sweet boy and is frustrated with his own inabilities. I worry that when you aren't sure what is holding a child back, the Doctors and teachers are quick to diagnose "ADD/ADHD". I am also worried about medicating him everyday, and will he become addicted? I just want the best for him and I want him to be proud of himself. I would move any advice from a parent who is currently going through this or a doctor who really understands this.

: Thanks,
: Brandie
Your first step if ADD is suspected is to take him to a clinic that does ADD testing and have him tested. Once you have a clear cut yes he has ADD or no he doesn't have ADD via the test results you can look into your options and go from there. Testing was recommended for both of my kids and one tested positive for ADD and one tested negative for ADD. The child that does not have ADD had ADD tendencies but was not truely ADD so you can see how important proper testing is. One thing I would never do is let my child be labled ADD or ADHD without the test results on file to positively show that this is what he/she has. Ask your doctor for a referral to a competent testing center and have your son tested. Hopefully this well help some.

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