Kathy Hi. I am 43 and bi-polar. While checking on the symptoms I found that alot of times ADD has some of the same symptons. Find a good P dr. that deals with Add and have your son checked for that possibility. I would hate to think he was taking meds that are not helping due to the wrong diagnosis.
I have an 18 yr old son who was diagnosed with bi-polar (manic depression). You asked what are some of the signs to look for, I feel that I can help answer this for you because I have to live through it as a parent and I constantly see the signs.(things out of his normal behavior) Well just to name a few:
You notice the most changes during season changes like Easter weekend and mid-October, it's related to the sunlight, constant mood swings, aggessive or violent behavior, very religious (more than usual), no regard for authority, no responsibility, no motivation, no initiative, constantly spending money on things that he doesn't need, poor sleep patterns (either can't sleep or wants to sleep all the time), poor eating habbits, paranoia, depression, rapid cycling (constantly talking about things that don't make sense), DUEL PERSONALITY (Jeckyl & Hyde) and in some cases self mutilation.
Very often these kids are violent or get in trouble with the law. People think he's a bad kid but the reality is he has a medical problem that can be controlled with medication.
If he's on medication for this, if he starts to feel better, he may think that his condition has gone away so he won't take the meds anymore but the reason he's feeling better is because the meds are working.
Don't go off the meds unless consulting a Doctor first.
Randy (Ontario, Canada)