Undiagnosed Teen

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  • #98205

    ADDCaroline
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    Hey ADD/ADHD people, I have parents that dont believe that have ADD. I have not been diagnosed by a doctor but my mother will not let me even bring it up. I very sure i have ADD because i have had teachers in the past say so and i have ADD/ADHD friends who have noticed the way i do things.I get overwhelmed easily and my ADD makes it hard to function at what my parents want me to do. What should i do to be diagnosed and be able to get help?

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    Penny Williams
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    I don’t know that a doctor would see you to evaluate you without a parent. However, I would talk to your guidance counselor at school — sometimes they can help with these conversations with your parents.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #105223

      dallas825
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      I have a Similar situation. The reason I haven’t told my mom is I’m scared of what she’ll say because she’s one of those people don’t really think ADD is a real disorder. I’ve had issues since elementary school and when I found out I might have ADD it all made since because I knew I’ve always been different and struggled where other people don’t. I’ve just been looking at Articles and forums for help/support/ideas.

      • This reply was modified 9 months, 1 week ago by  dallas825.
  • #101046

    ADHDMaddie
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    I’m undiagnosed as well but I’m sure I have ADHD. Technically, you can ask your teachers or principal because, in most states, you’re legally entitled to testing (as it’s considered a disability). And, as Penny said, they may be able to talk to your parent. Or, you could also find a time when you’re Mom can talk (like in the car) and explain why you think you have ADHD without letting her stop you from saying anything. Just a thought. I had a similar problem except they all think I “grew out of ADHD.” Hope this helps!

    – Maddie

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