progranulindefect wrote:her dad has diagnosed tourette's syndrome and he had/has major learning disabilities (which often goes with tourette's). i don't find him slow, and don't think the disability affected his iq. he graduated from middle school in taiwan and i graduated from yale. i think she has a lot of her dad in her, except her dad has so much drive and energy, he hurt himself from doing too much physical work- he gets manic and compulsive. she is compulsive too, with certain things, like picking her head. but she is either happy or gets angry very quickly, like her dad. doesn't seem like depression to me. she can lay on the sofa all day not wanting to do anything, but she is happy!! since preschool she has not been able to sit still and just listen to the teacher. she always had to talk. she called out often in elementary/middle school. and in high school the teachers would keep changing her seat, but she got along with every one and everyone liked to talk to her. it finally ended up that the science teacher put the two talkers together so they could talk together quietly and not distract the other kids. she reads something and cannot remember what she just read. ADD/ADHD is diagnosed based on questionnaires given to teachers and parents. she's had these behaviors for a long time.
Sorry for the late reply. I'm glad she was diagnosed so that now she can be aware of potential medication options and coping strategies. I know it's not an easy road to just navigate the in's and out's of everyday life with ADD/ADHD, so my best wishes for her.