By Dr. Stacie Bunning, clinical psychologist
My mom thinks I have ADHD and I think I am just being me. Plus I feel that everyone acts this way at my age.
I don't know what to do because on my pill I feel so slow and I have no energy whatsoever. It is a very small dose that I get, too. My mom just says that I have to take it because she likes me on it. I hate me on it. We have talked about it two times and both times she has gotten mad at me. When I told her that I stopped taking the pill she got real mad. But I just hate it because she always says, "I am the mom and you will do what I say," or "Without it, your grades go down." What should I do?
ADHD is a pretty common diagnosis these days but unfortunately many kids still feel it is something awful. They think that kids with ADHD are hyperactive and out of control. Though some kids may act like that at times, there are other forms of ADHD, too. For example, some kids with ADHD have trouble paying attention and getting their work done. They daydream a lot and don't always get the details in class that they need. As a result, their grades suffer and they fall behind. Kids with both forms of ADHD do much better with appropriate treatment.
I don't know what difficulties you were having, but obviously something wasn't right, and your doctor and your mom felt that some medication might help you. This is a very emotional issue for both you and your mom. She strongly believes you have ADHD and need the medicine, and you strongly feel that you don't. When feelings are strong, it can be hard to talk to one another because both people want to get their point across.
It's great that you've tried twice to talk to your mom about your feelings! I think you need to try again, but this time with a professional in the room to help you not get mad at each other. The professional can be a school counselor or the doctor who prescribed your medication or a neutral counselor. Tell your mom (or your school counselor) you would like to do this, and soon.
When you do talk, have some questions ready about your diagnosis and your treatment:
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