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    I think my son may have ADD or ADHD...
    An_240452 posted:
    My son is 11 years old and just started middle school. He was on the honor roll every year, but his grades have gone way down hillso far this year! For a while now, ihave been dealing with his constant talking and excuse making, he does not complete a task,he's making simple mistakes on tests causing him to fail,can't sit still for more than 5 or 10 minutes,won't study,talks back, rushes to eat everything, bites his nails,and so on. He is 5'8 and plays football. He loves football, and plays very well. That is probably the only thing he will focus on , and do his best.He is very unorganized and loses things often. He also has to be reminded daily to do chores.
    After many battles over homework, studying, and test grades and all the other things I have listed, I am really wondering if he may have ADD/ADHD. He has been in the same school since K5 as it is a private school. I have asked the teachers for help,but I beleive they think my son is just a disipline problem. At times I have felt like throwing in the towel, that he is just lazy,and does'nt want to try...but I really beleive that something else is wrong. He is a gifted smart boy who just cant seem to sit down! I know I need to take him to his pediatritian, but am very wary of doctors now days and the meds they prescribe. Can someone please give me some advise?
    Boyzmomee responded:
    Did he have symptoms before age 7?

    That is one of the diagnostic criteria.

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