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:
Advice from our experts is not a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment from a health-care provider or learning expert familiar with your unique situation. We recommend consulting a qualified professional if you have concerns about your child's condition.
Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you more
insights to help you help your child succeed.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for , including performance data and recently posted user reviews.