Many teens who struggle with Hyperactivity Disorder will exhibit some of the following behaviors:
- Impulsive. Teens often do things without thinking about the consequences.
- Blurting things out. Often this is done without regard to the appropriateness of the place or timing.
- Lack of focus. This often keeps kids with ADHD from successfully finishing projects or activities.
- Starting activities, but not finishing.
- Difficulty sleeping. Many kids and teens have difficulty falling asleep because of the high activity of their mind.
- Distracted by small things inhibiting their ability to focus on the task at-hand.
- Easily frustrated when things don’t go their way.
- Trouble staying quiet during school time.
- Careless mistakes often resulting in harming themselves and others.
- Failure in school. Many teens often struggle in school because of the lack of focus and procrastination.
- Procrastination. This is a big stumbling block in preventing many teens from accomplishing tasks successfully.
- Lack of attention to detail. Attention to detail often suffers as teens struggle with their ability to focus.
Since the early 1990’s ADHD has been a major concern for therapists and parents alike regarding kids and teens. Many parents know ADHD as ADD. The main difference between the two is the hyperactivity, other then that they are one and the same. Often many kids are not diagnosed with ADHD until their teenage years when the behavior is greatly magnified because of many of the additional struggles teens are faced with in the early teen years. If you are not sure if your teen may struggle with ADHD please refer to the list of the below symptoms:
- Fidgeting with hands or feet or squirming in seat
- Leaving seat often, even when inappropriate
- Running or climbing at inappropriate times
- Difficulty in quiet play
- Frequently feeling restless
- Excessive speech
- Answering a question before the speaker has finished
- Failure to await one’s turn
- Interrupting the activities of others at inappropriate times
- Impulsive spending, leading to financial difficulties
A positive diagnosis is usually only made if the person has experienced six of the above symptoms for at least three months. Symptoms must appear consistently in varied environments (e.g., not only at home or only at school) and interfere with function. If your child fits the above symptoms please get a professionals opinion for help with a diagnosis.
Other symptoms for teens suffering from ADHD may include:
- Lack of discipline
- Low self-esteem
- Failure in school
- Poor relationship with family
- Poor choice in friends
- Super focused, at times.
- Lack of Motivation