Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and learning disabilities often take a significant toll on a student’s academic performance, family and peer relationships, plus their overall self-esteem and mental wellness. Many parents rely on teachers or the school system to identify an ADHD or LD problem and assume a “no news is good news” approach. ADHD and LD problems are sometimes mistaken as laziness, lack of motivation, depression, or anxiety. The best way to begin sorting through all the possibilities is to consult a mental health professional trained in diagnosing and treating these conditions. A comprehensive assessment may be necessary to determine the exact cause and to document this for purposes of obtaining assistance from the educational institution.
Steven W. Noles, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Certified Sports Psychologist