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How does attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affect adults and teens?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Being a teenager isn't always easy. Teens with ADHD can have a tough time. School may be a struggle, and some teens take too many risks or break rules. But like children with ADHD, teens can get better with treatment.

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

Dr. Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrician

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects teens in much the same way as younger children. Unfortunately teens usually have more schoolwork to do and more obligations. Time management is even more important, as is making any needed modifications to medications.

Try keeping a homework/activity log in a day planner. By doing this, teens will be able to track their commitments. In addition, remember that it is okay to drop an activity if workload becomes overwhelming.

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