Sometimes we forget that ADD and ADHD is no picnic for our
children! They did not ask to have this disorder. An eight-year-old
child prayed, "Dear God, please don’t let me have
ADHD."  A teenager
cried, "Am I going to feel this way all my life? I feel like I am going to
die of anxiety or go crazy."

Getting through the teenage years with
ADHD can be extremely
challenging. Parenting these children is often more difficult, requires
more energy, and takes longer than other children. Although at times
you may feel discouraged, don’t give up. Continue to believe in
yourself and believe in your teenager!

Please spend a few minutes now and take a second look at your
teenager from a fresh vantage point. What are his strengths and
special talents? Involve him as a
partner-in-problem-solving: a
partner who, with your love and support, will try his best to cope
successfully with this challenge called

Below is a summary of common behaviors of teenagers who have
ADHD, plus possible interventions. Most teenagers with ADHD will
have some, but not all of these behaviors. This easy reference guide
should serve as a helpful refresher of possible interventions. As you
become more familiar with using these strategies, you will find that
you can often use them to handle more than one problem situation.

Power Point Presentation: Interventions for Your ADHD Teen
Dealing With Teenage ADHD--
Ask The Parent Coach—

Hi Mark,

My son is very hyper, but he makes fairly
good grades at school. My question is
how am I supposed to know whether or
not he is ADHD. The school counselor
seems to believe he is ADHD, but I took
him to a specialist and he said J___ is
simply “a boy of many interests.” What to

Confused Mother

Hi Confused Mother,

Not everyone who is overly hyperactive,
inattentive, or impulsive has ADHD.
Since most people sometimes blurt out
things they didn’t mean to say, or jump
from one task to another, or become
disorganized and forgetful, how can
specialists tell if the problem is ADHD?

Because everyone shows some of
these behaviors at times, the diagnosis
requires that such behavior be
demonstrated to a degree that is
inappropriate for the person’s age.
The diagnostic guidelines also contain
specific requirements for determining
when the symptoms indicate ADHD.

The behaviors must appear early in life,
before age 7, and continue for at least
6 months. Above all, the behaviors must
create a real handicap in at least two
areas of a person’s life such as in the
schoolroom, on the playground, at home,
in the community, or in social settings.
So someone who shows some
symptoms but whose schoolwork or
friendships are not impaired by these
behaviors would not be diagnosed with
ADHD. Nor would a child who seems
overly active on the playground but
functions well elsewhere receive an
ADHD diagnosis.

To assess whether a child has ADHD,
specialists consider several critical
  • Are these behaviors excessive,
    long-term, and pervasive? That is,
    do they occur more often than in
    other children the same age?
  • Are they a continuous problem,
    not just a response to a
    temporary situation?
  • Do the behaviors occur in several
    settings or only in one specific
    place like the playground or in the