Chris - posted on 03/23/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )
Hi, i'm new to this group, but I've been reading a lot of posts and there is a lot of good information here. I'm hoping someone has some advice for me.
My 15 year old son has always tested high and is very bright, social and easy going. With all that said, he is doing terrible in school. He's a freshman in highschool, but this has been going on since middle school. His main problem seems to be lack of organization and focus. His teachers all say the same thing...He's not living up to his potential, he doesn't turn in homework, he doesn't pay attention in class, he doesn't do well on tests, etc. We've tried to stress organizational skills, we've removed distractions such as facebook, we've grounded him...all to no avail.
I finally spoke to his pediatrician about it, thinking it might be ADD. She gave us some surveys for his teachers to fill out and based on them she says he's seems to fit the description for ADD (not ADHD).
When I looked at posts at this site of Mom's with kids with ADD and ADHD, I'm not seeing similarities to my son. He doesn't have the behavior, anger and aggression issues that so many of those kids have. Is this just typical teen stuff or do we put him on medication? I've always resisted the idea but I'm feeling all this pressure to help him out. I've spoken to people that have put their kids on meds and for the most part the only thing they say is that they wish they had started sooner.
He really wants to do well in school and has dreams of college. You all know the pressure these kids are under to do well in high school. I just want to help his as much as I can. Is medication the right solution???
Thanks for your help!