This reply was originally posted by user Pink Ginger in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
My son had trouble making friends also. In middle school he was transferred to a gifted program and could not relate to the other smart kids as he was the class clown (but super smart). We took him to a therapist who taught him how to make friends, handle his anxiety, social skills, etc. By high school he had a few very close friends. He still can’t relate to smart kids. Even though his friends are not smart academically they are very good kids and I know their parents. So maybe have him see a therapist about getting social skills, etc. The thing with add kids, they can’t read social cues and over step boundaries.