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Concussions

Why is Philadelphia Flyer Eric Lindros still sitting at home watching hockey instead of playing it? It's all from being hit too many times in the head. It's called a concussion - Eric's had six of them in the last two years.

A concussion is basically a rocking of the brain. It happens when you get hit or fall on your head. And of course, some are more serious than others. Mike Piazza got a minor concussion after being nailed in the head with a fastball from Roger Clemens. This means he didn't pass out or anything, he was just kind of dazed. It shows you how important it is to wear a batting helmet when you're playing baseball!

But other concussions can be more serious. When Eric Lindros got hit for the 3rd and 4th time, he was not only dazed - he didn't even remember what happened. Other athletes have had concussions where they get completely knocked out.

One of the best ways to avoid a concussion is to wear proper safety gear. That means putting on a helmet whenever you're doing stuff like snowboarding, rollerblading, or biking - and when you're playing football or hockey. The pro's always wear them, so why shouldn't you? And, do you really want to spend the rest of your life drooling like an idiot, while your mom spoon feeds you - just because you didn't put on a helmet?

For more info on concussions and Eric Lindros, head to Eric's website in our Links Library.

How do I know If I've got a concussion?

If you've had any sort of knock or blow to your head, then you may have a concussion. Here are some of the signs of a concussion.

  • big headaches
  • feeling dizzy and like you're going to puke.
  • one of your pupils may be bigger than the other one.
  • some memory loss or forgetfulness (if you don't know your name - there's a good chance you've got a concussion).

These are just some of the signs. If you've been hit in the head or had any sort of bad fall, it's always best to see a doctor.

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bookwormlestrange
I don't have ADHD, but I know plenty about it. One of my friends has ADHD and Tourette's, and the teachers were always turds about it. Anyway, i think that a good way to deal with ADHD acting up is either changing medication or trying to eat foods or drinks with caffeine. I'm not sure if it works for you, but a lot of people with ADHD have seen significant improvements after putting caffeine in their systems. If your friends are acting like turds, you need better friends. I hope my advice helps.
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SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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