Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults
My 13 year old son has no friends
My soon to be 14 year old has not had a relationship with any peers in over 2 years and those get togethers became more sporadic since he went to middle school. He has ADHD and because of rejections and bullying, rejects any attempt we make to get him involved in sports, camps, or other outside activities. He spends all of his free time in his room on his kindle watching videos and when we ask him to join us to go to get something to eat, go to the movies, etc, he turns us down. He is on meds for his ADHD and anxiety and he reluctantly goes to therapy but wants to quit because he doesn’t see any point. We have talked to him about group therapy for social anxiety but he tried it once and hated it and won’t try again. If he develops a passion, we try to help him to pursue it, but because he wants to learn something quickly and without outside help, that passion disappears as quickly as it came, usually within a few weeks. We have encouraged him to invite school kids or neighbor kids over but he refuses, again because they tease/bully him to which he says he ignores but in all likelihood gives it right back. Summer is coming without any plans for him and his father and I do not know what we can do further to help him. Any ideas? Thank you.
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