Motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan Hutchinson is the author of several books about life with ADHD including the highly acclaimed, best selling "One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir" and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral "10 Things I Hate about ADHD"

ADD ADHD and Bullying

To be bullied or not to be bullied – is that the question? Many Adder children suffer from being bullied and as it turns out a high percentage of bullies have ADHD. This might seem confusing, but if I take a moment to think about it, no, I guess it is not that confusing. Adders have trouble in school with both the standard educational side and the social side. I bet the inattentive adders are probably more likely to be bullied and the hyperactive types are more likely to be bullies. However, it could probably go either way, but inattentive’s usually try to stay out of the way and in the background when possible.

Because Adders stand out, even if they don’t want to, they could become targets of many forms of bullying and may decide to lash back under the frustration. It’s not easy being a kid and it is almost impossible to protect a child from hurtful things other kids say. For Adder children hurtful things get said to them more than to kids without ADD ADHD or another learning disorder. For many this leads to depression, low self-esteem, and worse. I think it is very important to understand and recognize this as a problem. We seem so shocked when there is violence in school and in some cases the violence is deadly.

Parents who have close contact and understanding for their child are setting up a good defense. It is very important that a child can speak openly to his or her parents and for parents to understand as much as they can about their child, the way he or she thinks and have extensive knowledge about ADD ADHD. In today’s world when both the mother and father usually work, it is much harder to give children the quality time they need and yet it is no less important. For single parents it is even that much more difficult.

I have collected links concerning this subject for you:

http://premium.netdoktor.com/uk/adhd/living/behaviour/article.jsp?articleIdent=uk.adhd.living.behaviour.uk_adhd_xmlarticle_004683

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1595.html

http://www.aspeneducation.com/Article-ADHD-bullying.html

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070517100417.htm

~Bryan

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Betsy Davenport September 20, 2009 at 8:40 am

Bryan,
Another site with excellent information is http://www.bullyinline.org
It is focused on workplace bullying and such, but that seems like an appropriate angle for your readers.
It is shocking to contemplate.

Ramona July 1, 2010 at 4:29 am

I am a teacher with ADD. When I was younger I was the bully of bullies. One of my ADD traits is I like to smash and push things off of high places (maybe that is why I bullied authority figures and control junkies). It wasn’t till recently that I experienced being bullied. I decided to use some of my ADD creativity to blog about being bullied in the workplace. An insightful stranger reminded me that like chickens in the chicken coop..those who think out of the box, are different, or stick up for the underdog will get pecked on.

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