"I've explained to my daughter how ADHD affects her, but she still thinks she's stupid. How can I make her realize that she's not?"
Larry Silver, M.D.
Try to find out why she is feeling this way. Is she getting that message from her teacher? Are her grades poor? Does she struggle with schoolwork, making her feel that she is incompetent?
Fifty percent of students with ADHD also have learning disabilities. Might this be the case with your daughter? If so, have they been identified, and is she receiving help for the disability? Be sure you know what problems your daughter is struggling with. Set up a meeting with the principal to talk about school accommodations, and discuss your concerns with your daughter's doctor.