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ADHD & Negativity

My son is 10 years old and seems to always dwell on the downside of thing on a daily basis. I"very tried to reinforce the positive of things and I’ve also discussed that his focus seems very negative.

He is also very immature. Everything request or change to his day is met with tears or extreme whining.

Is this normal for ADHD kids?


My son is 9 and is not do much m negative bit just damn depressed!! He has been since before the ritalin tabs. Although he takes a quarter tablet of anti depressant too. He do sent want to do anything, but even go outside. He just only wants to play the iPad and watch TV!!! I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried all sports and he hates them all.

Posted by nickijoydancer on Jan 10, 2014 at 8:51am

Hi ncnewfie,

I do think it’s common for kids with ADHD to seem to focus on the negative for two reasons: (1) there is typically more negative in their lives, and (2) they often are over-sensitive so something that seems inconsequential to you or I might be very upsetting to them.

Dr. Hallowell teaches parents to find your child’s strengths and talents and focus on and nurture those things. If you haven’t read Superparenting ADD, I highly recommend it. Dr. Hallowell did an expert webinar with called “The Bright Side of ADHD: Embracing and Succeeding with ADHD.” You can listen to the podcast or read the transcript here:

If you feel your child is depressed, talk to their doctor or therapist about that right away. It is fairly common to have depression in conjunction with ADHD.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jan 10, 2014 at 7:34pm

Help! my son is 10 and all he want to do it watch tv and play on the tablet and watch video games what do I do

Posted by latricedmorgan on Mar 23, 2014 at 12:12am

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