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Old 09-25-17, 12:57 PM
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ADD or normal teen behavior

Hi. I'm Diane and I'm new here.
I have a 13 year old daughter. For the past 10 or so months we've noticed a huge difference in her remembering things, losing stuff and not as focused as she should be. Teacher evals list her score as mostly 1s, my husband and I scored her as 2s and 3s. We think it's just too early in the year for them to see the problems.

Anyone else see where girls are overlooked for ADD? I think without the "hyper" aspect she's not getting noticed because she behaves well.

Seems like every single time I ask her to do something she always wants to do something else first, or she completely forgets what was asked. Is this ADD behavior?

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Is this ADD behavior?
Could be...you would need to have a proper assessment (note, not test) by a qualified clinician to be sure.

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Re: ADD or normal teen behavior

Yes, girls are still much too often overlooked and underdiagnosed.

Puberty can make any small problems with attention, focus, and memory much
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Girls are notoriously underdiagnosed.
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Re: ADD or normal teen behavior

Although I agree that girls are often underdiagnosed, ADD doesn't usually have a sudden onset. It might be good to evaluate if anything changed in your daughter's life that may have caused this apparently sudden increase in symptoms. If there is a life event that caused this that doesn't mean it is or is not ADD, as life events can either aggravate existing ADD or mimic ADD symptoms in otherwise neurotypical people.

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Although I agree that girls are often underdiagnosed, ADD doesn't usually have a sudden onset. It might be good to evaluate if anything changed in your daughter's life that may have caused this apparently sudden increase in symptoms. If there is a life event that caused this that doesn't mean it is or is not ADD, as life events can either aggravate existing ADD or mimic ADD symptoms in otherwise neurotypical people.

I'm sure these forums will help you and your daughter on your way
Yes, the OP's daughter is 13 and as I mentioned above, puberty can have a
HUGE impact on hidden symptoms.
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