Mental Health Delta Division
Child and Youth ADHD
“ADHD” – “What’s That?”
“You’re not paying attention.”
“Don’t you know where you put your lunch money?”
Can you imagine what it would be like to hear people talk to you this way every single day? If you can imagine it, or if it sound s just like what you’re used to hearing, then you know what it’s like to have ADHD. Those let ters stand for a condition called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Kids who have ADHD are not bad, lazy, or stupid. They have a disorder that means they may have problems paying attention or sitting still in their seats. They can also act on impulse – this means doing things without thinking about them first. Kids with ADHD may spend a lot of time in the principal’s office. Sometimes they do things that cause them to get hurt. They might change their friends a lot.