Jennie is 21 years old. Bright and friendly, her family suspects now that she has ADHD because of falling grades in middle and high school, followed by dropping out of college after one semester. Mom has spent years pushing Jennie to do her best, never really understanding the nature of her problem and not knowing what help to provide her.
The relationship between mom and daughter has been strained to the breaking point. The tension between mom and dad has been growing, too, as mom feels increasingly that "I am the only one trying to deal with this problem"; with dad taking a hands-off, wait-and-see posture with his daughter. Recently, Jennie has felt increasingly isolated from her friends who are moving ahead with their lives; lousy about herself; and depressed and anxious about her future.
Jennie's care at THRIVE begins with a comprehensive initial evaluation by a THRIVE clinical team, including a work-up for ADHD/ executive dysfunction, depression and anxiety. Jennie's parents also meet with the clinical team, and the growing challenges to healthy family functioning are identified. Jennie is diagnosed with ADHD, the depression and anxiety being viewed as mild and secondary to her problems with ADHD.