Children with ADHD might be overly active in order to keep themselves alert, according to a study from University of Central Florida researchers. When performing tasks that taxed their memory, 8- to 12-year-old boys with ADHD in the study were significantly more active than their peers without the disorder. "When they are doing homework, let them fidget, stand up or chew gum," said researcher Mark D. Rapport, a psychology professor. "Unless their behavior is destructive, severely limiting their activity could be counterproductive."

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