ADHD

Question
Posted by: lesley | 2008/07/07

Q.

concentration

My son is 12 years old in grade 6. His school marks are really upsetting me, the teacher says he can do much better, but he just does not concentrate. He is always forgetting to write down homework (he is a weekly boarder), I don't think he is hyperactive because he can spend hours quietly drawing pictures. If I ask him to fetch something from the kitchen for me, he pets the dog on the way and then comes back and says "what am I supposed to fetch"?, so somewhere along the line he loses concentration. I have had him on Biostrath for about 3 years but I don't see a difference. He also seems to forget where he puts things.

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert

Dear Lesley,
Certainly the symptoms you are describing are very typical of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). One of the deciding factors is when this behaviour started: for a diagnosis of ADD to be made the symptoms need to be present before 7 years of age. Consulting your GP with your concerns will enable him/her to refer you to a psychologist who can perform neuropsychological assessments to determine whether or not your son has ADD. If this is the diagnosis there are a number of treatment options available. The most common is medication; other options include a change in diet, excercise based programmes or something such as neurofeedback.
Kind regards.

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