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ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Is My Daughter ADD?

My son was diagnosed with ADD a few years ago. He takes medication when he needs to concentrate and currently is doing extremely well in college.

My daughter recently returned to grad school and was struggling terribly with the work load. She became anxious and depressed and considered dropping out of school. While she was home for a visit, bringing her many school assignments with her, her brother gave her a sample one of his ADD pills and magic happened. For the first time in her academic life she reported an ability to sit for hours without distraction and crank out paper after paper.

She returned to school with a few of her brother's pills and finds the medication is a godsend. Forgetting for the moment the illegality of my son sharing his medication with his sister, I'd like to know whether you think my daughter has ADD based on the fact that the medication helps her focus. Obviously, she cannot continue to use her brother's medication and she will probably see a doctor and be evaluated when she's home for the holiday break. In the meantime, however, I'm just curious to know what you think. Thanks.

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