ADHD which stands for Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder is a neuro behavioral disorder that is present in 3-5 percent of all American children and teens. It can interfere with a person's capability to stay on a task and to implement age-appropriate. There are some warning signs that include incapability to keep schoolwork or oneself organized, failure to listen to and follow instructions, talking too much, abandoning projects that are unfinished, and fidgeting with hands and feet. There is more than one type of ADHD, and there is a predominantly distracted subtype, a primarily hyperactive-impulsive subtype, and the most common combined subtype. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, although the condition often continues into the adolescent and adult years.
It is reported by the National Institute of Mental Health that 80% of children who need medication to treat ADHD will continue to need it as teens. The teen years can be especially challenging because of the increase in academic and social demands. Teens that have ADHD need to be especially careful about following daily routines and getting enough sleep. They should utilize effective strategies that help them organize and plan homework and events. A positive consequence in teens is that the high energy levels that come with ADHD can often be productively channeled into areas such as sports, music, and drama. ADHD teens often notice that they have good computer skills.
While there is no cure for ADHD, there are lots of things that can help manage it. Teens and children with ADHD rarely outgrow it, but as they get older they find more ways in which to manage it. The more a person with ADHD learns to develop their strengths and maintain structure during their teen years, the easier it will be for them to lead a successful and productive life as an adult. Typically, the teen years are challenging for most children, and for the child with ADHD teen years are doubly hard. All the adolescent problems are amplified for the ADHD teen to handle. The desire to be independent and to try new and forbidden things may lead to unanticipated consequences.