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Why are children with ADHD hyperactive?

High energy and exuberance is certainly a strength, but it becomes problematic and disruptive for your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when he continually receives negative feedback. In turn, hyperactivity and fidgeting may become a way for your child to avoid being mindful of a painful or uncomfortable environment -- being continually "on the go" is a way of distracting himself from the awareness that in that environment he is not appreciated for who he is.

Somewhere within himself, your child knows that his differences represent a potential strength and that the rejection he faces in the school system represents an injustice. As a child, he is not equipped to fully understand why he feels so rejected just for being himself. He protects himself from full awareness of these feelings, which would be terribly painful, by acting out and staying on the move.
The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths

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