ADHD and Teens Overview
- Written by: Dave Pughe-Parry
Teenagers are a vitally important community in the human specie. They are important because the time period they are classed as teens is paltry 7 years. The more important reason is that a massive amount of change both physical and emotionally takes place in those 7 years.
The rite of passage from child to adulthood is mired with mystifying change. Without doubt the most damaging effects occur in the turbulent emotional sphere. With distraction being the most difficult ADHD trait to deal with, the challenges of the teenage metamorphosis from dependent to independent thinker, being gradually allowed to make their own decisions all the while the peer pressure is skewing everything happening around them.
Teenagers with ADHD are in danger of having already difficult events becoming incidents that can have consequences for the rest of their lives. Low self esteem that all ADDers have, when coupled with impulsivity and distraction makes for poor decision making.
The last point in this introduction on teenagers is our emotional hypersensitivity. This leads to all sorts of seemingly drastic actions, and even melt-downs. The world inhabited by ADHD teens is fast spinning maelstrom of novel and arbitrary revelations that some ADDers don´t make sense of until they approach their thirties.