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Procrastination

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  • Posted By: PurpleCow
  • November 18, 2008
  • 09:22 PM

This is a great site. I can't believe I haven't found it before.
I would like to know if anyone has any ideas about a possible diagnosis for my 18 year old son. He has always been very active since he was very little but does not have ADHD. He is smart and gets pretty good grades. He has many many friends. His major problem is that his procrastination is very very extreme... not normal teenage procrastination. He is extemely forgetful also. He has to be reminded several times about most things. And I meand SEVERAL. We have tried to let him be responsible for the consequences of his procrastination and forgetfulness but this has been of no success whatsoever. Ever since he has been young he has to be with his friends from morning until it's time for bed. He takes no time to be alone by himself. Very seldom studies. He has a very good memory and that gets him his good grades (B average). He would very easily be a straight A but will procrastinate until the night before, then work all night to finish a project and then forget to bring it to school so will get graded down a grade because it was late. If we do have a disagreement with him on something even, though he is totally in the wrong, he will argue his point to the nth degree, very seldom admitting that he is wrong. On a few occasions he has said to me,"Mom, you just don't understand how my mind thinks" or 'I think differently than other people do". We were unsuccessful at getting him to go in for an evaluation and therapy except for one time. The psychiatrist was not really able to give us a diagnosis because he was so mad at us for bringing him in and he refused to go anymore. We have a normal family with no alcohol or drug problems, abuse or divorce in the situation. We really don't believe that substance abuse is a factor in this. We do know that he has used but only as much as is about the normal exploration of teens of his age plus most most of this behavior has been going on for quite some time.

The only information I find on the web suggests anxiety related problems but their are no obvious signs of this. He is actually a loveable funny kid but we know he has some type of psychiatric disorder but are at a loss as to what it might be, so that we can do a bit of research. Does anyone have any possible ideas?????

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