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my 16 year old son

What do I do with my 16 year old son that lies on a daily basis and skips classes at school...HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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189897 tn?1441130118
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   Well, since you posted to the AD/HD forum, I guess that you are wondering if he has this problem?  Its possible - or not.  But how to deal with the situation really depends on what is causing the problem. So its really important to find out what is going on.  
  Your first step is to get information on what ADHD or ADD is.  The link at the top of this page - http://www.medhelp.org/medical-information/show/2157/Attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-ADHD
  is a good start. I can provide other good sources.  Once you have an understanding of what AD/HD is - then the next step is to talk to your son's school counselor and ask for testing.  If he is skipping classes, I would think that they will be interested in talking to you.
   Another really good source of information (has a lot of info on schools and special ed, and testing, etc.)  is  "The ADD/ ADHD Answer book," by Susan Ashley.  Hope this helps.  Please post if you have other questions.
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Lying and skipping school are not indications of ADD or ADHD. They are symptoms of being a misguided teenager. Consequences may be a better option than drugs.
189897 tn?1441130118
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    I partially agree and disagree with your statement.  These statements may well be about a "misguided teenager".  However, if the teenager does have undiagnosed ADD, he will have the same symptoms due to the frustration level on not being able to do what he intrinsically feels like he can do.  This will lead to giving up.  Hence the lying and skipping school.
  My point is that the two are handled very differently.  Until you know what is going on, or what is causing the problem you cannot come up with a solution that will help.  
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