Child psychologists have found that there is a link between being a target for bullying and ADHD.
The research shows that children who have been diagnosed with ADHD are more likely to be bullied and be bullies. The reason for this correlation is uncertain; it is possible that the impulsive behavior associated with ADHD triggers the prolem. But research has uncovered another link – the medications prescribed for ADHD.
A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology showed that teens who take ADHD medications are more likely to be bullied than those with ADHD who do not take medication. Both sets of teens were bullied more often than their peers, according to the study led by Quyen Epstein-Ngo, Ph.D., a research assistant professor at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan.
“We’ve factored out that ADHD kids may have more difficulties with peer relationships and that might lead to bullying. We’ve factored out that some kids may have more severe symptoms and that may lead to bullying, and we’ve also factored out the fact that some kids may have additional problem behaviors,” Epstein-Ngo said.
Students who had given away or sold their ADHD medication were more likely to be targets of bullying.