'I used to think about throwing myself headfirst through a window. I would sit in my bedroom and cry all the time.
'I didn't want to worry you - I didn't think I could tell anyone what I was feeling.'
Jake, who lives with Yvonne, 44, a nurse, and his stepfather John, a 44-year-old retail manager, is one of the 5 per cent of children diagnosed with ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
What is remarkable about Jake is that he appears cured.