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What are healthy ways to take risks if I am a teen with ADHD?

Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, PhD
Psychology Specialist

Many teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seek stimulation. Like them, you may crave excitement and constantly be looking for more action and more intense experiences. This trait may make experimenting with drugs and alcohol a very real temptation. You can safely honor your need for thrills by finding healthy and natural methods for gaining positive emotional "highs."

The following are common risky behaviors teens with ADHD experiment with:

  • Smoking pot or using other drugs
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Drinking and driving
  • Speeding or driving recklessly in other ways
  • Driving while texting or talking on the phone
  • Having unprotected sex
  • Shoplifting
  • Breaking the law
  • Being promiscuous
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Vandalizing property

Here are some activities healthy ways to take risks:

  • Yoga
  • Live music concerts
  • Ice skating
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Frisbee
  • Dancing
  • Meditation
  • Spiritual retreats
  • Rock climbing
  • Exploring new parts of your community
  • Taking a class in something you've never tried before
  • Amusement parks
  • Joining a group that shares an interest of yours
  • Finding local festivals
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