Do Adolescents and Teens with ADHD have Special Needs?
For all teens, these years can be a challenge. But for teens with ADD/ADHD, these years are especially difficult, because as academic demands and responsibilities increase, their disorder becomes more apparent. Hyperactivity tends to decrease with age, but teens may feel restless and try to do too many things at once. They prefer easier activities that with quicker results, instead of those that take more effort and time, but can result in bigger rewards. Teens with ADD/ADHD tend to struggle in school and other activities.
Additionally, since teens become more responsible for their own health decisions, those with ADD/ADHD may have trouble following their treatment plan. Teens need guidance to stay focused and organized. Teens with ADD/ADHD sometimes have trouble controlling their impulsivity and tempers. Rules should be set and clear, but communication, negotiation, and compromise are important. It's vital to keep up treatments, like medication or behavioral therapy, that can help parents manage their teenager's ADD/ADHD.