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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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Gamer_GTA posted in Friends:
throughout school I have always been picked on weither it be because of my interests or just my personality. In middle school I was called ####### everyday by all the guys in my grade. One of my teachers even bullied me and my mom never believed me because my teacher was so nice to her... I ended up crying on the 3rd day of my freshman year because the kids in my class were so mean to me... I'm gonna be a sophomore in highschool this year and I really don't want to go back to school because I'm afraid that it will be a repeat of freshman year... I need advice on how to make the best of the rest of school if I have to deal with the people that bully me...
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PinkaLicous123 posted in Friends:
Like my sisters says Give him a hard time and if he cant handle it then he's NOT worth it..... your welcome.
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My mom. She utterly hates me and whenever we fight she not only takes all my things away in a rage so I can't talk to anyone online, she screams about how I'm stupid, lazy and a horrible person and other similar bad stuff. Thanks for the self esteem boost Mom (:
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