The teenage years are an enigma for most parents. What parent hasn’t been “tuned out” by their teens? But, when do those poor listening skills indicate something more serious? According to the Canadian Centre for ADHD Awareness, ADHD remains the most prevalent childhood disorder in Canada. Yet, it is the most under-diagnosed but treatable psychiatric disorder. Part of the difficulty is recognizing symptoms so that a diagnosis can be made.
Knowing the common signs of ADHD in teens is the first step in obtaining an accurate diagnosis. After reviewing the following signs, contact the health professionals at Venture Academy if you feel your teen may be experiencing ADHD symptoms. Individuals with ADHD exhibit at least six inattention signs and five or six of the signs for hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
ADHD and Attentiveness
Hyper-attentiveness can be as much a sign of ADHD as a lack of attention. ADHD is the inability to regulate one’s attention span. This inability can result in distractibility, but it can also appear as an obsessive concentration on a specific task. The following are signs of ADHD-related attention disorders.
- Does not appear to be listening when spoken to
- Does not follow directions or complete assignments
- Has increased levels of distractability
- May have difficulty organizing tasks
- Shows poor concentration skills during activities
- Misplaces items needed for routine tasks such as schoolwork or chores
- Forgets activities or appointments
Everyone forgets things. We misplace keys, wallets, and eyeglasses. We forget appointments and make careless mistakes when distracted. When these behaviours happen consistently over six months, it may be time to schedule an appointment with ADHD healthcare professionals.
ADHD Hyperactivity and Impulsiveness
Hyperactivity often leads to impulsiveness. What appears as an impulse may just be the result of hyperactivity. Teens simply can’t regulate their desire “to do something.” This overwhelming restlessness shows itself in impulsive actions. The following are signs of ADHD hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
- Can’t be still when seated
- Leaves seat when everyone is to remain seated.
- Experiences periods of restlessness
- Can’t quietly participate in leisure activities
- Can’t settle down
- Talks non-stop
- Blurts out thoughts
- Has difficulty waiting for a turn
- Interrupts others
Often hyperactivity is the first ADHD sign that people recognize. They identify ADHD teens because they are the ones who never sit still, are always talking, and behave inappropriately. If a teen shows at least five of these signs over a period of months, contact a health professional to confirm a diagnosis,
Effective ADHD treatment is a multi-modal process. At Venture Academy, we offer a blend of individualized counselling, small group therapy, education, and other treatments to deliver a comprehensive solution to families. Our focus is during ADHD treatment on returning teens to their families and their communities.
A typical day of ADHD treatment includes scheduled activities, some of which may be with assigned health care professionals. Schooling is offered in a classroom setting to engage students in alternative methods to manage their inattention and hyperactivity. Physical activities are a part of the treatment as it helps with poor concentration. Depending on the program, students may participate in additional treatments such as skill-building.
Get Your Teen Caring ADHD Treatment at Venture Academy
Our goal is to provide highly structured residential treatment with intensive counselling so teens can develop the necessary behaviour and coping skills for managing their return to their families, schools, and communities. Our healthcare professionals support young people through individualized strategies that improve their quality of life. If you are concerned about a teen in your life, contact Venture Academy by calling 866.762.2211 to speak with our staff. Let us help your teens receive the treatment they need to achieve their full potential.