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The 411 on ADHD

Check out this situation - a friend of yours is really crazy-hyper and it's kind of funny at first, but then it gets on your nerves. You want them to just chill out, and they try, but just can't. They might have ADHD.

ADHD - What is ADHD?

ADHD is Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Look around you - five out of one hundred kids you know may have it. We all get bored at times, can't sit still, lose focus or throw a temper tantrum. With ADHD, you can have all of the above but it can really mess up things at home, school and with your buds.

ADHD - The Cause

Even though it's being studied by doctors, the exact cause of ADHD is unknown. Many believe it has something to do with issues in the brain, but nothing specific has been discovered. It seems as though ADHD is genetic, which means it runs in families, so check your family tree to see if others may have suffered from similar behavioral issues.

ADHD - The Treatment

ADHD can be treated. All kinds of people, from movie stars to athletic superstars, have ADHD. They talk about growing up with it and how they have succeeded inspite of it. With ADHD, you can still work hard in school and do well, but you may need help with study skills or even need medication. If you think you need a prescription, you and your family should talk to a medical professional who can diagnose you and prescribe something appropriate.

ADHD - Dos and Don'ts

  • Be patient with yourself and others.
  • Don't tease people at school if they need extra time or extra help.
  • Don't dare them to do stupid things (people with ADHD may find it harder to say no and stop themselves).
  • Stay away from drugs and alcohol (drugs and alcohol can make you more impulsive).

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Dear Dish-It In The Forums

drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
Did something happen between you two in the past? If so, I feel like she might have some unresolved issues with you that you need to discuss with her. And, time doesn't always mean a lot. I've gotten closer to someone before compared to someone whom I had known for 8 years.
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country_girl19
country_girl19 posted in Friends:
Dear Dish-it,                          Me and my friend just started talking again, and it seems like she regrets it. She'll leave me for the people she has only known for a couple of months, when I've been friends with her for a year. Also, she gets annoyed with me, and I don't know what to do.
reply about 14 hours
drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
I'll be honest, I don't think that it's very fair that you're placing so much blame on your mother. Cancer is very hard to heal in any animal or person. She may of been able to help one spot, but that doesn't mean that she was going to be able to heal the rest. There's a slim chance that they could of made it through, but it's probably for the best that she put him down. Cancer is a painful thing to go through for dogs and humans alike. It would of been worse to push it. As for the depression, I understand where you're coming from with it. It's a difficult thing to go through and it makes things hard to do. I've struggled with things in the past and sometimes still do, so take my word on this: Eat. What. You. Can. Don't starve yourself. Don't binge. Don't do anything. Keep eating. Your health matters too. You need to find things to do, like hobbies (drawing, reading, writing, ect.) and spend time with friends when you can. At least talk to your friends, don't push them away. They're there for you, even when they might not know how to be. Don't be ashamed to cry, it's perfectly fine too. It's a better alternative of getting things out than a lot of things you could be doing. Do not, under any circumstances, start cutting. Take it from someone who's dealt with it on a personal level in several ways, do not start it. It is not something you "won't get addicted too" and it will not be a "one time thing." Do not try it. Do not start it. Do not try to find "softer" alternatives to cutting. Self-harm is not a fixer, it does not help anything. It isn't something to be ashamed of. It's a personal issue along with mental illness. But it is a very big deal. "And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help?" There isn't always a place to help. Sometimes it won't do the things we wish it would.
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RavenClawRaina
My dog, Loki, was old and had cancer. He was 14. My mom healed one of his cancer spots but not even a month later, she put him down. He had life in him. He played like a puppy. If she healed one spot, why couldnt she heal the rest? He could have lived right? He was like my little brother, I loved him like one. He was family. Every since he passed, Ive been depressed. Losing weight and not wanting to go out and hangout with friends. Me and my mom get into fights more. At some points, I hate her for what she did. I dont dare tell anyone about my depression and I cry every night until 3:30 am. I have considered cutting but I dont want anyone to judge me. Im not going to but I just want someone to understand what his loss did to my heart. Ive had him since i was a baby. He was my best friend. And to go and kill him like that instead of getting him help? I was mad. Can anyone relate? Can someone help me? ( im not going to a therapist btw ) UGH WHAT DO I DO?!  
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Pokemonlegends05
Sometimes Video Games can Cheer you up as well. Happy, Vibrant Games: New Super Mario Bros. U Pokemon Shuffle Any of the Mario Party games. Minecraft Super Mario 3d world (Wow, a ton of Mario games :p) Jak and Daxter Super Mario 64 These are useful for making this :e into this  =(
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