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Does ADHD affect teenagers' self-esteem?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Many teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also struggle with low self-esteem. The problems they have with schoolwork and social skills can make teens with ADHD think that they are stupid, worthless, and incapable of improving. These beliefs can undermine their confidence and self-esteem, even when their family is loving and supportive. Low self-esteem can lead to a loss of motivation - teens with ADHD are at risk of just giving up on their efforts to succeed in school. Group and individual therapy can help teens with low self-esteem gain perspective and restore their confidence in themselves.

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