What can I do for my teen with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Support your teen. Set clear rules for him or her to follow. Try not to punish your teen every time he or she breaks the rules. Let your teen know you can help.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Mental Health.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Pay close attention to your teen with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Many teens become sensitive and reflective during adolescence anyway. If you have a daughter with ADHD, she may benefit from counseling. Girls with ADHD tend to have trouble with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse in their teen years.

If your teen seems to have any negative feelings associated with her condition, encourage her to talk about it. If she clams up, do not be afraid to send her to a therapist. Consider adding regular therapy sessions to ADHD medication treatment for teenage boys and girls. This combination of medications and therapy may reduce ADHD symptoms and any coexisting emotional problems that often crop up. Support your teen in learning healthy ways of communicating and in making friends. These strategies can help your teen with ADHD thrive.

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