ADHD in adolescents

Features of ADHD in children and adolescents, the symptoms and the possible risks.
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - is the most common behavioral disorder in childhood.It occurs in 8-10% of school-age children and adolescents.Symptoms such as inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, are intrusive, obsessive.This means that they interfere with the normal life of a teenager.

Sometimes ADHD can co-exist with other pathological conditions.For example, a teenager may experience learning disabilities, anxiety, emotional lability, caused by exposure to certain substances on the body.

In addition, adolescents with ADHD may experience oppositional defiance disorder, or conduct disorder.It is important to promptly make the correct diagnosis and adequate treatment for ADHD, and for the attendant problems, as this disease affects all aspects of teenage life.

Drug addiction in general, and especially stimulants such as cocaine, even at a very young age can be the cause of deviations in behavior.

Symptoms of ADHD in adolescents

  • pathologically increased distractibility;
  • irritability;
  • poor concentration;
  • hyperactivity;
  • impulsivity;
  • insomnia.

In adolescence, especially during hormonal changes, ADHD symptoms may be exacerbated.

How ADHD affects the life of a teenager

due to distractibility and poor concentration, many teens with ADHD have problems in school.It may rapidly deteriorate performance, especially if the teenager does not receive appropriate treatment.

Often teen forgets to write the task confusing textbooks and frankly bored in class.He can become inattentive or waiting for their turn to answer the question.It can interrupt the teacher and classmates, and with eagerness to grasp at the job.Teens with ADHD may also be overly fussy, barely survive time in the classroom before the bell.

Often a teenager so quickly switch their attention from one to another, that he forgets about the task that was given at the moment.This is especially noticeable in homework and in relationships with peers.

ADHD as a risk factor

Driving is a particular risk for adolescents with ADHD.

They get into an accident are twice as likely than others.This is due to the fact that they can be impulsive, risk-taking on the go, at the same time can be quite childish in judgment and seeking thrills.All these factors increase the likelihood of road accidents and as a result, serious injury.However, according to studies, teens with ADHD who have rights and thus receive appropriate treatment, get into accidents much less frequently.

Teens with ADHD are much more likely to abuse alcohol than their healthy peers.Accordingly, they are more likely to have and the consequences of a bad habit.

According to the results of clinical trials, adolescents suffering from ADHD are more prone to addiction, and in two of the three cases, take drugs harder than marijuana.

Obtaining adequate treatment in this case will help reduce the risk of alcohol and drug abuse later in life.

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