Kids with ADHD who are hyperactive and impulsive usually get noticed. This can be good and bad. Good because their ADHD is more likely to be identified and treated early on. Bad because their behavior often gets them in trouble.
They might get a lot of negative feedback from teachers, siblings, coaches, and other families. That can be really stressful. It can take a toll on kids’ self-esteem and make them act out more, which can lead to disciplinary problems.
Hyperactivity can be a huge challenge for boys. But keep in mind that some boys with ADHD aren’t hyperactive. There can be a consequence to that, too.
Because they don’t fit the stereotype, boys who aren’t hyperactive are more likely to get overlooked (much like girls are). They may not get the negative attention, but they also might not get the support they need.
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