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How does ADHD affect teenagers' social lives?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine

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.

Teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) usually have less trouble with hyperactivity symptoms, but they may have more trouble staying on top of schoolwork and being more independent. Teens with ADHD may have low self-esteem and feel that people just do not understand them. They may have difficulties with interpersonal relations and find it hard to make and keep friends.

Teens with ADHD may also have additional disorders, such as depression, disruptive behavior, anxiety, sleep disorders, and substance abuse.

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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