Jamaal’s Hyperactivity Disorder

Case #5

Jamaal is a 12-year-old African American male who is being bullied at his new private school. He encountered similar difficulties at his prior public school.

Jamaal has referred for an evaluation three years ago because of excessive talking in class. He would finish his work quickly, become bored, and then engage others in conversation.

He was evaluated by a psychologist and diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. His intelligence test scores were all observed to be in the “genius”/Very Superior range.

Jamaal is approximately 70 pounds overweight and has difficulty making friends other than his online computer gaming “friends”. Jamaal’s art teacher recommended his parents take him to see a psychologist because of increasingly depressive and aggressive themes observed in this work.