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How does ADHD affect teenagers' social lives?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can have a very negative effect on a teenager's social life. Teens with ADHD may be avoided or rejected by their peers. Because they can be impulsive and aggressive, they may have trouble making friends or socializing with others.

Many teens with ADHD also struggle with low self-esteem and other conditions, such as depression, that make it even more difficult to have positive social interactions. To help teens have more positive social experiences, help them participate in structured activities, such as clubs and youth groups, that include everyone.

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