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ADHD in teens: A guide

April 3, 2013

 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common behavioral disorder in children, affecting, on average, three to five percent of school-aged children, and even stays well into their adolescence. An accurate diagnosis of the disorder is very important to treat it correctly, as the disorder touches upon all facets of a teenager’s life, and may adversely affect social relationships.

 

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There are many symptoms of ADHD in teens that are quite similar to ADHD in children:

• Distractibility
• Irritability
• Poor concentration
• Hyperactivity
• Impulsivity

 

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However, because teens undergo hormonal changes during their transformation into being adults, there is a possibility that some of those symptoms will intensify and severely impact their performance in school. Teens suffering from ADHD can misplace assignments, forget to bring textbooks, and just become bored with school work. In addition, their lack of attention can lead to lower participation scores and, ultimately, failing test scores that may prove to be detrimental to their self-confidence.

Although there is no known cure for ADHD, current treatments can alleviate some of its symptoms. Some experts believe that a combination of both medication and behavior therapy is the best treatment option. Also, parents should talk openly with their teenage children suffering from ADHD, and always be supportive and accepting.

 

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