If you suspect that your teen may have ADHD
All teenagers tend to be impulsive, disorganized or immature
at times - that's part of adolescence. But when your teen
seems more forgetful, more disorganized, more impulsive, more
prone to procrastinate, less mature, and less able to manage
than his or her peers - these may be signs of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorder (ADHD or ADD).
Not all children with ADHD are hyperactive. Some are
inattentive and show no signs of hyperactivity.
ADHD in High IQ Teens
Bright children with inattentive type ADHD may do
well in school until increasing demands overwhelm their ability
to cope and keep up. Many bright teens with ADHD may
simply be seen as underachievers. Others become anxious and
try to overcompensate for their ADHD tendencies by staying
up late into the night or even all night, desperately trying
to cram for an exam or to complete a paper they've put off
until the last minute.
Changes in ADHD during Adolescence
ADHD looks different in the teen years. Children who
were hyperactive often become less so. Impulsivity may still
be present, but to a lesser degree. In fact, many of the traits
of ADHD in teens are simply exaggerated traits shared
by many teenagers.
Differences in Girls with ADHD
Girls with ADHD can often be moody, especially during
their PMS week. Emotional overreactions, hypersensitivity
to stress, argumentativeness, disorganization, and a general
difficulty keeping up with the demands of daily life that
their peers seem to manage better - all of these can be signs
What to do if you suspect that your teenage son or daughter
If you see these patterns in your son or daughter, a professional
evaluation may be in order. ADHD is a highly treatable
disorder and learning life management skills as a teen with
ADHD is best done while they still enjoy the structure
and support of the home environment.