Adolescent ADHD

Navigating Challenges, Creating Success

Adolescent ADHD

Adolescents with ADD/ADHD face increasing stress as they navigate a more demanding school and after-school schedule, complex social relationships, and constantly evolving family dynamics. The challenges that were manageable in lower school years become more burdensome in middle school and can become overwhelming in high school. The workload increases, and the tasks become more complex. The ability to focus, organize, prioritize, and manage time becomes crucial. Social issues require good judgment and thoughtfulness, while the desire to fit in can challenge even the best intentions. Adolescents with ADD/ADHD often struggle with social norms and etiquette, which can lead to subtle, yet sometimes devastating, social isolation. The inattentiveness, forgetfulness, distractibility, and disorganization associated with ADD/ADHD create difficulties, tension, discord, and conflict not only for the adolescent but also for friends and family. Mood swings can be erratic, ranging from hostility or withdrawal to being aloof. Behavior may be perceived as annoying, immature, lazy, and in some cases, may escalate to inappropriate or even illegal actions. Additionally, the prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse is significantly higher among untreated adolescents with ADD/ADHD.

At our center, we understand the unique challenges faced by adolescents with ADD/ADHD. We provide comprehensive support, tailored strategies, and effective treatments to help teenagers manage their symptoms, improve their overall well-being, and thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

At ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center, we conduct an extensive evaluation of the adolescent, carefully assessing function in all areas of their life. The evaluation process involves identification of the adolescent’s primary problem areas and a comprehensive review of academic performance, behavior, mood, family relationships, social relationships, alcohol and substance abuse history and legal issues.

Testing is conducted to determine the presence of ADD/ADHD and any associated learning disabilities. Cognition and achievement levels are assessed.

Treatment options include academic coaching to improve organizational and time management skills, behavior therapy, participation in an adolescent social skills group, family therapy, parent coaching, individual therapy, substance abuse counseling, and where appropriate, the judicious consideration of medication options. Alternative treatments are also available.

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