Ask most kids what ADHD stands for, and they will most likely look at you like you’re crazy. It would be like asking what LOL or GTG stand for. Most kids know all about ADHD from friends or classmates. Whether you are likely to spell it out or not, ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is age and developmentally inappropriate inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with functions at home, work, school, and in social situations. The symptoms are so severe that often they interfere with your ability to function.
The important thing is that it’s treatable and many people with help from counselors or therapists, and medications can hold down a job, kick butt in school, and have great friendships and relationships (Mehmet and I both think we had ADHD in school, and he’s done useful work).Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The sooner you talk to your doctor, the better.