ADHD in Girls
At our wits end...
We have a very beautiful, creative, animal-loving eleven year old daughter who is our second out of three children. We absolutely adore her. However, my husband and I have been noticing the past year and a half that her moods and behavior really seemed off. She was getting very mouthy, rude, bossy with her little sister and just plain mean to her family! We request for her to do things at least 10 times, only to have her ignore us again and again, even when we make her look at us in the eye and tell her directly. At the time, we chalked it up to her being pre-hormonal. She gets straight A’s, thrives and excels at school and all of her teachers love her so much they want clones of her. She never acts out at school….ever. Not once have any of her teachers, past or present, mentioned anything about her possibly having ADHD. I am assuming that she puts all of her energy and focus into school that when she comes home, she lets it all blow off…and we all suffer! She comes home completely exhausted…then the fun begins. I feel terrible that I hadn’t noticed before now how bad it has gotten. We just moved a month ago, and everything seemed to really get worse since then. Moving is hard anyway, but this kicked her behavior into overdrive. I am following a gut feeling, reading quite a bit about ADHD and realizing we may have figured out the mood swings, poor behavior, disorganization, interrupting, ignoring, etc (more than normal anyway), may be due to ADHD. So, my question is: Do we take her to see a doctor or a school counselor? I would like to NOT medicate, if at all possible. What do we do for peace within our family? Please help!
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