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Does Your ADD Child Get Bullied?

What do think of when you hear the word “stress?” Probably something negative. And, yes, stress is, like so many things in life, a two-edged sword in the sense that, in some settings, stress keeps us alert and enhances some aspects of performance. Yet chronic stress is the dark flip side, and typically arises in situations involving emotional pressure, which an individual feels they have no control over or escape from.

Chronic Stress & Bullying

For many people, chronic stress begins in childhood with being bullied. Scientists have discovered that getting picked on, or bullied, not only impacts emotional and social functioning, but can also have biological consequences that stretch into adulthood.

What Research Says

In fact, in a multi-university study, researchers found that c-reactive protein, a biomarker (or telltale biological signal) of low-grade inflammation, was significantly higher in individuals who had been bullied and remained so into adulthood. Elevated c-reactive protein is a risk factor for various chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease.

As most of us know from our own school days, children who “stand out” in any way are appealing targets to bullies. Among those who attract the attention of bullies are classmates with ADD/ADHD. In an article titled Bullying at School: Is Your ADHD Kid a Victim?, child psychologist Steven Richfield noted that, “It is heartbreaking to learn that your attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) child has become the victim of a bully. And unfortunately, some children are at greater risk of being bullied because of their ADHD.

An inappropriate, or impulsive remark blurted out for the entire class to hear can attract the attention of a bully. And an impulsive retort by the ADHD student to a bully’s provocation may escalate the situation.”

ADD & Bullying

Amen Clinics has spent decades studying and analyzing ADD, and has helped many children with the condition who have been bullied. We have found that impulsive outbursts by those with ADD oftentimes serve as a way for them to get an emotional reaction out of others, sometimes angry, that provide them with needed brain stimulation.

Of course, no child with ADD truly enjoys or welcomes being bullied or stressed out. The solution? Get a handle on the ADD; that is, change and heal the sufferer’s brain.
It is important to note that ADD is not a single brain problem with a “one size fits all” remedy.

We Can Help

At Amen Clinics, we can help you and your loved ones overcome the stigma and suffering associated with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, brain injury, weight loss, addictions, memory issues, brain fog, and other emotional and cognitive issues. If you are ready to regain control over your life, give us a call at 1-888-288-9834 or tell us more online.

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  1. Ronald Bibace says:

    On your Brain programs: I am almost 84 years old. I have been following your advice on regenerating the brain since September 206, with excellent results. Thanks very much.
    On Bullying: A few years ago I wrote the only work extant on curing bullying. It is called Bullying Cure. It was written at the request of a member of the Broward School Board staff as a result of a previous book she read that I had written called Relationship Power. That book identified the single core reason which makes for good relationships, (which subsequently are the source of all motivation in humans). You can discover it in 3 minutes yourself. Here is the test:
    1. Make a list of the 3 people with whom you have the BEST relationships. (With Dr. Amen himself, clearly his wife is one)
    2. Make another list of the 6 people who MAKE YOU FEEL THE BEST AOUT YOURSELF.
    If 2 or 3 of the people om list one are also on list 2- you have your answer which is that making others feel good about themselves is the best if not only way to have a good relationship with others.
    So far my books do not sell, and the School Board won’t use them until I PROVE they work,. which they won’t allow me to event try in their schools the meantime.

    • estela windwalker . says:

      I’d love to read your book, Ronald. How can I get it? We have started an anti-bullying program at EarthSave Miami.org. (501 C3) if you live in Broward,I’d love to meet you.

  2. Bob Wilson says:

    And what should we do when the college officials and administrators BULLY the young adult?????

  3. DORIS says:

    When are we going to put a stop on this bullying!Its up to every school too put a stop to this.there should be a harsh punishment for every bully .get them out of the school, so the other students will be safe, and want to come too school . Put them in military school, That will straighten them out!this has got too stop. Kids are killing themself over these bully ‘s!!

  4. Jan says:

    What about kids bullied at home by immature older siblings and immature parents themselves who don’t realize they are bullying.

  5. K W says:

    It’s really bad when some of the instructors and administrators bully students and prevent student’s
    education and willfully violate the law.

  6. Carol Kite says:

    I’ve noticed that the smallest, or handicapped in some way, a shy child, maybe poor performer in schoolwork is the one that gets picked on, never someone who can laugh it off or excel in fighting. Conclusion: the bully is a coward, afraid to pick on an equal. Pointing that out to him or her, might make them realize, now everyone knows they’re cowards, nothing to be proud of.


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