Resources for parents of at-risk and troubled teens.



January 2014

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

by Staff

When a teen has ADD, it can cause problems for him or her in school. It can be hard on them because if their peers find out, it can be a source of scorn or ridicule for them, making the teen years even more trying than they would have been otherwise. Fortunately, having ADD is usually pretty easy to keep under wraps. Really extreme behavior is usually seen more often in younger children rather than teens.

Teens may find it hard to focus on their studies and their minds may wander during a lecture, but they probably won’t act up and cause a scene as a smaller child might. Knowing when your teen actually has ADD versus him or her just not having any interest in subject can be tough. The actual diagnosis of ADD needs to be made only by a licensed doctor, otherwise, you’ll just simply be guessing.

Teens will find that it’s hard to sit still at times, hard to pay attention and hard to focus on conversations or school lectures. If the problem is beginning to affect your teen’s quality of life, you are going to want to take him or her to be checked out by a doctor. You will also want to check and see if their grades are slipping or if they have been having trouble in school, if so, these are definite warning signs that your teen needs a little help.

Not all ADD diagnosis end with medical treatment. Each person is different and so is their case. Talking with the doctor and sharing your concerns is smart, but listen closely to what they have to say. To truly treat ADD, medicine might be necessary. But, if you don’t want to go that route, talk to your doctor about your other options; just make sure you include your teen in on the process. Staff