You may be an adolescent who was diagnosed with ADHD as a child or has just been recently diagnosed with ADHD. Either way, the first steps to working with your ADHD is learning as much as you can about ADHD, but even more importantly learning how it specifically impacts you. ADHD symptoms can present very differently in different people and not everyone has all three ADHD symptoms. Those with the primary inattentive presentation of ADHD will not have many issues with hyperactivity or impulsivity but will be just as impaired in regulating their attention. It is this regulation of attention, under and over focusing, switching focus and prioritizing focus that will cause you the most difficulty in school.
Impairments in Executive Functioning, organization, time management, problem solving, working memory (holding and manipulating things in your mind for short period of time), and social skills are also common in those with ADHD and will very likely also impact your functioning in school. Procrastination can also be a common issue with getting school work and chores done.
Another area that may cause problems is emotional regulation. Those with ADHD may find it difficult to deal with frustration becoming easily frustrated and then not being able to deal with that frustration in appropriate ways. Being quick to anger or tears may also be something that we see in teens with ADHD.
Many teens and adults talk about ADHD traits that they feel give them some unique advantages, things like being creative and thinking out of the box. The trick is to harness these unique skills while using strategies and treatment to offset the symptoms that are causing you issues.
If you drive, be aware that ADHD symptoms such as inattention and distraction, when not controlled, make it more likely that you will get into more car accidents and more severe accidents than those without ADHD. It is recommended that when you drive, you do so with as few distractions a possible and no friends in the car. It is also highly advised that you are on your ADHD medication when driving especially in your teen years.
Some students with ADHD qualify for accommodations through an IEP, IPP ISSP etc. in high school if ADHD impacts their learning. For more information on how ADHD impacts learning access ADHD in Education.
In post-secondary education ADHD is recognized as a disability which means if you have issues with focusing in class or during exams and getting your assignments completed you are eligible for accommodations. Please access information under ADHD in Education – Post Secondary for more information on how to obtain these accommodations.
The information below will provide you with answers to many of your questions, but please also access our educational videos on YouTube and other areas of this web site.
Information on ADHD for Adolescents Brief Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers on ADHD geared to adolescents – brief version READ MORE
Information on ADHD for Adolescents More Comprehensive Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers on ADHD geared to adolescents – more comprehensive version READ MORE
What Adolescents Need to Know About ADHD
ADHD is a classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder, but what does that mean? It means that the brain of someone with ADHD has developed somewhat differently and works differently than the non ADHD brain. However, this does not mean that someone with ADHD is not as intelligent as someone without ADHD. In fact, ADHD does not impact intelligence or any other skills and talents that you may have, so having ADHD does not mean that you won’t be able to succeed in the things that you want to do. Some things such as focusing and getting work competed may continue to be more difficult and require assistance, strategies, accommodations and possibly treatment be put in place to help you attain your goals. READ MORE
Moving from Adolescent into Adult ADHD: What Parents and Adolescents Need to Know
The journey into adulthood for those with ADHD can be a rough road for some, cause many to stumble and even fall. For a summary of potential issues with tips and strategies READ MORE
Reading List for Adolescents with ADHD
A list of books geared to adolescents with ADHD
Teen Mental Health Speaks Mag
Part of a magazine series designed to provide a quick overview of common mental illnesses for teens.