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It is very possible, even likely, that your son has ADHD (used to be called ADD). Some children with this disorder talk about hearing a noise in their head, although not an official symptom.
Being chaotic and disorganized are classic signs, Not all ADHD involves behavior problems but just lack of focus and organized.
Dysgraphia often accompanies ADHD because the child cannot concentrate long enough to get it right.
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You should definitely have him checked out by a child psychiatrist or psychologist. There may be ways to help him focus without using medications but more often than not children with ADHD are given one of several drugs that can help them get back on track.
From what you have said, he probably has ADHD and now is the best time to get him assessed and start treatment.
Most children grow out of this, so you needn't be concerned that this will ruin his life. Some children carry it into adulthood but most don't. He may respond to special training programs that help him focus, or may require of the medications.
He is in a gifted magnet program, and I cannot help but wonder whether the amount and level of work required exacerbate the problem. I guess the only real way to find out is to have him assessed. Thanks!
He is obviously highly intelligent, and maybe more so for the music and arts and theoretical math. There are many intelligences and he has some of them but not all. None of us do.
I would say that getting him tested is a good next move. I would also urge you to get two opinions on medication and if both agree then go for it.
I shall keep him, and your family, in my prayers.
And both his parents are editors. Bu that's a question for another day. Thanks again.
Elliott, MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC