5 Things You Should Know About ADHD

Many adolescents are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As a parent, it’s helpful to understand this condition so that you can be a helpful support for your teen. As a teen, it’s beneficial to know that there are strategies you can implement to increase your potential and manage your stress. Here are five things you should know about this diagnosis.

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5 Things You Should Know About ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common diagnosis amongst adolescents. Here are five things you should know about this condition.

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1. What Causes ADHD?

There is no clear cause of ADHD. Experts suggest a few factors including genetics, the teen’s environment, changes in brain chemistry, brain injury, or nutrition that causes hyperactivity.

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2. Three Types of ADHD

There are three types of ADHD that your teen could be diagnosed with. Predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive and a combination of the two.

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3. Symptoms of ADHD

Some signs and symptoms of ADHD include being easily distracted, having high energy, inability to complete thoughts, daydreaming, confusion, struggling to follow instructions or difficulty sleeping.

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4. How to Cope With ADHD

A mental health professional might recommend several options for coping with ADHD including building a routine, setting manageable personal goals, asking for support at school, family counseling, individual therapy or group therapy. Some might also recommend taking medication.

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5. Medication Options

mental health professional might also recommend medication for your teen’s ADHD. Two categories that might be prescribed are stimulants (which often have fast results) or non-stimulants (which often have slower results but fewer side effects).

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