Advertisement

Why is it difficult to diagnose ADHD in teens?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Teens don’t always show the same attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms as younger children, which can make diagnosis difficult. For example, teens may not be hyperactive, but they may have problems with organization and long-term planning that did not matter when they were younger. Now that their schoolwork makes greater demands on them, their ADHD symptoms are noticeable.

Another problem with diagnosing ADHD in teens is that symptoms such as low self-esteem can be mistaken for other disorders, such as depression.

Continue Learning about ADD/ADHD Diagnosis

The Youngest Kindergarteners May Be Overdiagnosed with ADHD
The Youngest Kindergarteners May Be Overdiagnosed with ADHD
When the pilot for The Andy Griffith Show aired in 1959, Ron Howard was five-years-old. He was born on March 1st, so if he started kindergarten that y...
Read More
What is the diagnosis process for ADHD?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
A physician or mental health professional performs a series of extensive evaluations to diagnose att...
More Answers
Is there a test that can diagnose ADHD unequivocally?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Currently, we do not have one test available to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A...
More Answers
At What Age Can a Child Be Diagnosed with ADHD?
At What Age Can a Child Be Diagnosed with ADHD?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.