Next week we will be starting 3 days of neuropsychological testing on m 12 year old daughter. Since she was about 4 we have been seeing therapists. When she was 5-6, we had testing done that indicated she most likely had ADHD and anxiety, but the psychologist did not make a formal diagnosis because of her age. Now she has just about all of the symptoms of inattentive ADHD. She really seemed to improve a lot until last year when middle school started and she has really had many difficulties this past year and we finally feel that medicine may be the route we need to take, but we wanted this testing to make sure of a proper diagnosis. She is adopted and I know the birth parents dealt with anxiety and depression, so we may be dealing with that also.
My dilema is how to explain this testing without making her feel more damaged then I know she currently feels about herself? She is a beautiful, smart girl, funny girl, with such low self esteem, which has gotten so much worse since middle school started and her old friends have pretty much dropped her. I want to make sure I explain this in the best way I can. Thanks for any advice 🙂