Stormy So, there’s a hella thunderstorm out right now and here I am in my room. Counting. If I just keep…
December 14, 2021
Why am I so stupid?
Everyone in class is working, but I have no idea what they’re working on. I don’t know if my math teacher said anything about work. If he did, I didn’t hear it.
“Sam, did you understand the assignment?” he asks me now. I rub my hands together. Tap my fingers against my desk. Start a little beat.
“Sam.” He slips me a pencil, knows I don’t have one. Wait, do I? “Let’s go over it again.” Yeah, page 40 in the text book. Got it. Questions 1, 2, 3… Jamie’s got the new Nikes I asked my parents for. They said I have to wait for my birthday, which is six months away. It’s not even Jamie’s birthday. Wait, is it? I tap my foot against the floor. Start a little beat.
“Sam.” The teacher taps his fingers on my desk to his own beat now. “Start with question 1, okay?”
“Yeah, got it. Thanks.” I look at question 1. What the hell is f(x)?
What is it?
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common mental health issues in children and teens. The condition can affect a person’s ability to concentrate and sit still and can lead to impulsive behaviour. Symptoms can start to appear from early childhood on, and ADHD can continue into adulthood. If you have ADHD, you are not stupid. You simply attend to information differently, which can sometimes make school really tough.
How do I know?
ADHD by the numbers:
Why would I have ADHD?
What’s the big deal?
What should I do?
Musical notes: Music with a strong beat and rhythm has the power to stimulate our brains and change our brain activities. Studies on elementary, middle grade and college students have shown that the combination of rhythmic sound may speed up brainwaves and possibly increase concentration, performance and academic grades, in some cases just as well as ADHD medications.
ADHD medications work to boost levels of dopamine – our brain’s chemical messenger. But studies have shown that music we get pleasure from can also raise levels of dopamine. Further, some people with ADHD who learned a musical instrument when they were younger may have better executive functioning than those who didn’t. (Executive functioning is responsible for organizing, making decisions and completing tasks.)
Watch a video for teens on ADHD
Cultural strategy: Indigenous cultures tell us we are born to learn. While Western society tends to teach through books and lectures, Indigenous teachings often take place through storytelling, giving us the working tools to explore expressing our problems.
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