Most Americans will never have firsthand of grappling with a psychological disorder, though it does appear that psychological disorders are becoming more commonplace. For children with a psychological disorder, it can be especially difficult for them to acknowledge their disability. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most pervasive psychological disorders for children. An ADHD teen will display their symptoms in a variety of ways.
Three of the more common symptoms that an ADHD teen will display are hyperactivity, difficulty exhibiting impulse control, and physical unrest. An ADHD teen might, for example, twitch or shift restlessly during a long class lecture, interrupt a teacher’s question because they have a comment which they feel is of vital importance, or a penchant to ramble in a seemingly incoherent manner. Quite often, these behaviors are misinterpreted by family and faculty alike. They mistakenly believe that the ADHD teen is exceptionally self-centered or ill-mannered.
Thankfully, there are treatment options available to counteract these symptoms. One of the more common methods of treatment for the ADHD teen is medication. Since the disability is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, sufferers receive a prescription of stimulant medication to counteract this imbalance. Many parents fear the idea that their ADHD teen will have to take stimulant medications, but it is important for them to know that these medications are non-habit forming at their prescribed dosage.
Therapy is often used in conjunction with stimulant medication. An ADHD teen will explore his individual symptoms and the frustrations these symptoms can incite with their therapist. The therapist usually helps the sufferer develop small coping skills to deal with their disability such as making lists to stay organized and dividing large tasks into small portions.