Adolescent ADHD

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The teen years are challenging for anyone. During this period, teens undergo tremendous emotional, social, and biological changes that can impact their mood and behavior. 

While it’s typical for teens to experience challenges that make them more easily distracted, excitable, or on edge, there is a point where their symptoms are more than just “teens being teens.”

Sometimes, teens may be dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD can cause their behavior to become problematic at home and school. They may face disciplinary problems, use illegal substances, or engage in conduct that endangers their safety.

This article will break down what adolescent ADHD is, how to identify it, and how to treat it effectively so teens can get through the adolescent years feeling more in control of their emotions and behavior.

What is Adolescent ADHD?

Most people with ADHD are diagnosed as children; however, this is not always the case. Some people do not get diagnosed until they are teens or adults.

Children diagnosed with ADHD are likely to continue showing symptoms into adolescence and adulthood. Researchers have found that 80 – 85 percent of pre-teens diagnosed with ADHD have symptoms in their teens, and 60 percent continue presenting symptoms into adulthood.

Adolescent ADHD can present differently for different people. Specific ADHD symptoms might tamper down as kids grow older, while others will flare up or suddenly appear, seemingly out of nowhere.

ADHD Symptoms

Having ADHD can make an already turbulent time even more confusing and disorienting. Some common signs of ADHD in adolescents include: