ADHD Treatment for Teens

When a teenager deals with ADHD, it can cause them to do poorly in school and have difficulty focusing on other aspects of their lives. This common mental health disorder can also become so frustrating that young people feel they cannot overcome it and have to settle for never meeting their potential. Zenith Behavioral Health knows no child should have to live a life overshadowed by a disease that responds to proper treatment. We offer a treatment program specifically designed to treat ADHD in teens. With our help, your son can find the hope and help he deserves.  

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What Is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopment disorder that is most commonly diagnosed in childhood and can last well into adulthood. Three types of ADHD exist:

Inattentive Type: Symptoms center on an inability to be attentive or focus on an activity or conversation.

Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: Symptoms focus on hyperactive behaviors, such as fidgeting a lot and acting with excessive energy.

Combined Type: This is the most commonly diagnosed type and includes symptoms of both the others types of ADHD.

A survey conducted from 2016-2019 showed that 6 million children aged 3 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD during this time period. The majority of them were 12 to 17 years old at the time of diagnosis. Boys are about twice as likely to develop ADHD as girls. 

Approximately six in ten children who have ADHD also deal with at least one other mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder. This includes anxiety, depression, and an autism spectrum disorder. Because of the complex nature of this mental health disorder, ADHD in teens requires treatment by professionals who understand the disease and how to help adolescents who suffer from it.

Signs & Symptoms of ADHD in Teens

When ADHD in teens has taken hold, certain signs and symptoms can signal to parents and others that something is wrong. They may vary in frequency and intensity per person. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Difficulty focusing on one activity or topic at a time
  • Easily distracted
  • Often feeling bored
  • Disorganized 
  • Forgetfulness
  • Acting impulsively
  • Engaging in unsafe activities
  • Trouble sitting still
  • Talking a lot
  • Fidgeting
  • Constantly moving around
  • Mood swings

 

While ADHD in teens often includes an inability to stay focused on one activity, teenagers sometimes have certain activities that are exempt from this. For example, they may be able to play video games or engage in a creative act like art or music for an extended period of time. This can lead a parent to believe their child cannot have ADHD and that they simply need to use more willpower to finish other tasks. The reality is that willpower has nothing to do with the situation because ADHD is a mental health disorder that requires professional treatment. 

How to Treat ADHD in Teens

Treatment for ADHD in teens requires a multi-level approach that includes both therapy and medication. The goal of both is to help control the symptoms of ADHD and empower young people to understand their mental health challenges and work towards minimizing the symptoms.

Teenagers with ADHD often have trouble taking care of their basic needs. One way to reduce symptoms of ADHD involves developing healthy eating habits and getting regular physical exercise. Additionally, teens who limit their screen time often show improvement in ADHD symptoms. Less time glued to computers, smartphones, video games, and televisions can go a long way. As well, many treatment programs emphasize the importance of getting on a regular sleep schedule. 

Types of Therapy 

Talk therapy can help a great deal by allowing a teenager to understand the dynamics of their mental illness and that they have some power in being able to minimize the symptoms. Types of therapy that help in the treatment of ADHD in teens include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and group therapy. 

Family therapy can also help because it allows family members to be educated on the causes and resulting symptoms of ADHD. From there, they can work together to help their loved ones fulfill their treatment goals. 

Medications 

Different types of medications can offer relief from ADHD symptoms. The prescribing physician can go over the options with the teenager and their family, as well as supervise the results of using medication and any side effects that may develop. The most common meds use for ADHD include:

  • Stimulants: This type of medication works for 70 to 80 percent of those who use them. They help people focus better and not be so easily distracted. 
  • Non-stimulants: When stimulants don’t give good results, many people find this type of medication works well. They aid in the ability to concentrate and control impulsiveness. 
  • Antidepressants: Because so many teenagers who have ADHD also deal with other mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, this type of medication can help. 
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Begin ADHD Treatment for Teens in Phoenix, Arizona

Do you have a son aged 13 to 17 who deals with ADHD and it negatively impacts his life? This mental health disorder can prove frustrating and difficult to manage.  Zenith Behavioral Health in Phoenix developed a complete treatment program to help boys learn to understand their ADHD and minimize and control the symptoms. We use several types of therapy provided by experts trained in the field of ADHD and adolescents along with any needed medications.

Visit our admissions page now for more information on our program that treats ADHD in teens. We can help your son begin to change his life today.

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If you or your loved one are ready to receive help, visit our admissions page to learn about the intake process here at Zenith Behavioral Health. Our team is ready and waiting to help you begin your recovery and take advantage of what life has to offer.