A mum said she fears her son will end up in prison if he is not diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Kathryn Jacobs said 14-year-old Daniel needs an ADHD assessment as he is "mentally and physically exhausted".

She explained her son has given up on school and does not attend classes, as he thinks he cannot keep up with others.

The desperate mum said she has been struggling to get a diagnosis for Daniel through North East Lincolnshire's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Grimsby Live reports.

Kathryn said Daniel often goes to sleep during the day as his mind "can't switch off at night".

She added: "He struggles to read and write and he has just given up completely. I don't know why the local authority are reluctant to let Daniel have the assessment and help him with his future because the signs are there."

Daniel has given up on school as he fears he cannot keep up with others, his mum said (

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ADHD is a condition that affects people's behaviour, with most cases usually diagnosed when children are six to 12 years old.

People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse, the NHS explains.

At the moment, Daniel only has a diagnosis for Oppositional Defiant Disorder - a behaviour disorder towards people in authority such as parents and teachers.

He had an ADHD assessment when he was in primary school but was not diagnosed at the time, his mum said.

Now, Kathryn fears if Daniel is not assessed properly, he might have problems in the future.

She said: "I feel if he doesn't receive the support he needs, he will turn to criminality and he could go to prison one day.

Kathryn fears Daniel will turn to criminality unless he receives the right support (

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"His ODD means that he bounces off the wall, he swears at grown-ups and it defines him as a naughty child.

"But there's more to the situation. He's no angel, and he's been passed from school after school, but he needs the right support to carry on.

"At the moment he's struggling and I'm just a concerned parent in need of help for my son who is in crisis now."

Daniel currently attends The Orchard, an independent school in Grimsby that specialise in supporting learners with education, health and care plans.

Kathryn said: "When a child with special needs is not getting the support they need, it affects the whole family. We are all suffering as a family because of this.

"I've been through this situation before with my daughter, Ellie, who needed an Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment which we finally had back in January.

"Ellie wasn't in full-time education for four years prior to her diagnosis. But she is now a completely different person because she is now on the right medication and support.

"She was sent to Sheffield General Hospital and was diagnosed with ASD in less than three hours. We just want to know why there isn't support for my son?"

The desperate mum thinks Daniel would benefit from an ADHD diagnosis (

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Kathryn says she is tired of the stigma associated with a child with behavioural problems and feels a diagnosis could give Daniel the right medication to help him.

She said: "Getting an ADHD diagnosis would mean that Daniel receives medication which will help to ease his mind along with the support to go to school with the same advantages as any regular child.

"Instead of diagnosing his condition, I'm being sent on parenting classes and getting abuse from other parents who say it's my fault and that I'm a terrible mother which is totally unacceptable.

"It shouldn't be a bad thing to ask for help and give Daniel the support he needs to have a good education which is a basic right for every child.

"But it's kids like mine who are affected because they don't get the education they need because their conditions aren't diagnosed."

Kathryn had tried to get support from a solicitor who said they would only help Daniel when it got too late.

She said: "When I phoned the solicitor asking for help for Daniel's diagnosis, they said no. However, they did say that when he gets involved with the police, they will then do a full evaluation of Daniel.

"So I have to wait for my son to be jail bait before he gets support? Now that is heartbreaking."

A spokesperson for North East Lincolnshire Council said: “Children and young people in North East Lincolnshire can access support to help them with their education whether they have an autism or ADHD diagnosis or not.

"There is a very clear pathway that children can go through to get this support, and this involves education, health and social care professionals looking at each child’s individual needs and directing them to the most appropriate support.

“We are absolutely committed to working with parents to get the best support for their children.”

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