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Dude, You Need to Reach Out to Your Friends!

Boys with ADHD don’t often foster friendships by calling, texting, or messaging friends in social media. Here is why it’s important that you step up and reach out during the quarantine.

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Q: “I talk to a few friends on Xbox, but my parents want me to text or call my school friends and I don’t see the point. What would we even talk about?”

A: “It’s really important that you keep in touch with your friends from school and reach out to them, and I don’t mean just talking to them over Xbox or Twitch. I mean actually texting them or sending them a DM or reaching out on Snapchat. The thing is: If you don’t keep in touch, the other kids will keep talking to one another and you will feel left out when you’re all back in school… When you reach out to other kids, it shows them that you’re thinking about them and that makes them feel good.”

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ADHD Boys and Friendship: More Resources

1. Read This: Does Your Son Hide in the Safe Social Confines of Gaming?
2. Read This: Discord Chats and Xbox Games Alone Will Not Sustain Your Son’s Friendships
3. Read This: How to Make Friends: A Guide for Kids with ADHD (and Their Parents, Too)


Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW is the facilitator of the ADHD Dude Facebook Group and YouTube channel. Ryan specializes in working with males (ages 5-22) who present with ADHD, anxiety with ADHD, and learning differences; he is the one professional in the United States who specializes in teaching social cognitive skills to boys from a male perspective.

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Updated on May 7, 2020

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