It's important to include your teen in his or her ADHD treatment
Up to 80% of children with ADHD need medication as teens
In many cases, ADHD continues from childhood into adolescence. It's important for parents to recognize the challenges a teen with ADHD faces and help their teenager meet those challenges.
About 80% of children who need medication for ADHD still need it as teenagers. And some teens with ADHD may feel defined by the condition. They may think that it makes them "uncool." It's important to talk openly about ADHD so your teen understands that it's a medical condition that they need to treat, just like they would treat poor vision or diabetes.
As they enter high school, teens with ADHD may find staying organized and paying attention to classes more challenging than before. They may struggle with managing distractions that can interfere with focusing on increased workloads. A total treatment approach to managing ADHD may help. This kind of treatment includes both medication and behavior management programs.
Help your teen prioritize assignments, and make positive comments about his or her achievements. You can also help by meeting with your teen's teachers. Ask them to seat your teen near the front of the class and request that they give you frequent feedback on your teen's progress. Teachers may be able to suggest additional ways to help.
As teens with ADHD establish their individuality, relationships with friends and family can be bumpy.