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Signs of ADHD in Adolescence

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Wolf Creek Academy Will Aide Your Troubled Teen with ADD or ADHD Issues

Your adolescent’s inability to execute simple, everyday tasks that you or teachers ask of them may be signs that your child needs help.  They may be displaying symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder).  It is estimated that greater than 12% of school-age children have ADHD.

The three main symptoms of ADHD are inability to remain focused (inattention), difficulty sitting still through simple tasks, class, church service (hyperactivity), and (impulsivity)  acting without thinking it through or thinking about consequences.  They may have one, two, or all three of these symptoms. Some adolescents have difficulty paying attention to details, completing assignments, keeping up with belongings, homework, etc.  They may turn in work that is only partially completed without even realizing it.  It is not that they deliberately omit their work or not pay attention–they can’t remember to do those things they are not interested in. Signs they may exhibit include any of the following:

  • Disorganization
  • Easily Distracted
  • Inability to sit still or fidget, the constant movement of feet or tapping on tables with hands, etc.
  • Forgetfulness—failure to remember assignments—where they put notebooks, etc.
  • Starting projects with the inability to complete most or loss of interest once they have begun a project
  • Excessive talking or interrupting other’s conversations
  • Difficulty waiting for others to complete and take their turn. They may cut in line, cut people off
  • Difficulty managing their anger—-frequent outbursts of anger

therapeutic boarding schoolAny of these symptoms will be reoccurring consistently, not just on occasion. Between 40 to 60% of those with ADHD will also show ODD signs (Oppositional Defiance Disorder).  We must realize that those with ADHD are not deliberately choosing to do these things on purpose.  They try to do the right thing, only to find it very difficult.  They will easily become frustrated and easily give up. For this reason, many will also be more likely to have learning disabilities, depression, and anxiety disorders that may need treatment as well. 

Addressing ADHD appropriately can help resolve the other problems that are a bi-product of ADHD. Although complex and sometimes difficult to accurately diagnose, options are available to keep ADHD under control. At Wolf Creek Academy, we address all of the issues related to ADHD.  Adolescents and families are surprised at how quickly they can all learn to effectively manage their symptoms and find a level of control over their problems resulting from their ADHD. Relationships may be easily restored between parent and child as they learn more about ways to address ADHD.

When You Need Help with a Teenager with Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder

If things should become increasingly difficult to continue a normal family life, you may need to consider whether the adolescent may need more care than what can be provided in the home. Many parents seeking help for their child often wait until things have become so difficult that the family has split, and they even fear for their own safety and the safety of the other children in the household.  Some wait until the teen does something illegal or violent to another person, and then it is too late. In those situations, they find themselves possibly making hasty decisions that may not be the best for the adolescent or the family in the long run.  When serious defiance surfaces in a teen and counseling do not help, a full-time therapeutic environment may be necessary for the child’s future. If you find that you are at your wit’s end and are doing all that you know to do and need help, seek residential treatment for your child before he or she ends up in serious trouble.  

Wolf Creek is a therapeutic boarding school that works with Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder in boys, and girls aged 13 to 17. For 30 years, our highly trained professional counselors have provided behavioral therapy.

We can help your teen with Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder. We have a limited number of placements available. Call or email us for more information today!

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