Diagnosis of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Patient

Q: Hi, im a 16 year old teenage girl and i think i might have add or adhd. all of the online tests ive done suggest that it is highly probable that i do. I want to know for sure if i do or not, but i dont want to talk to my parents about it because theyll think its just an excuse for my grades. My biggest problem is daydreaming and staying organized. any help will work. thank you

Doctor

A:   ADHD is characterised by hyperactive and attention problems. The symptoms you mention of daydreaming and lack of organisation point towards attention problems. Hyperactive symptoms usually include unable to sit in one place, fidgety, unable to wait in line etc.You should consult a pediatrician who would assess you based on your symptoms and a preformed ADHD questionairre. This would help get a more precise and accurate diagnosis. You could request your pediatrician not to mention this to your parents if asked thus protecting your privacy.

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