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Film Explores Everyday Struggles of Kids With ADHD
byKaitlin StanfordJan 08, 2014
Those teenage years sure are rough—for a million different reasons. Add on the extra challenge of having ADHD (or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and high school isn't exactly going to be a cakewalk.
In the short film Minimum Max, writer-director Josh Ovalle aims to spread awareness about the disorder and its rampant over-medication by going inside the mind of Max, a fictional character based on Ovalle's own struggles with ADHD. Max's backpack is filled with flunked tests, after-school tutoring schedules and other reminders that he "has a problem." And then there are the pills; the ones that make him feel funny inside; the ones he calls "mental handcuffs" and turn him into "sad Max."
Is a life dulled by medication better than risking more flunked tests and after-school tutoring sessions? Watch as Max sets off to answer that question for himself: