ADD standing for Attention Deficit Disorder. Attention deficit disorder is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects 3-5 percent of all American teens. It is hard for a teen to stay focused and on task when they have attention deficit disorder. Things you would want to look for in your teen that would give you an idea they may have attention deficit disorder is not listening to instructions, they may even interrupt your conversations, aren’t able to organize their school work or themselves.
They have trouble doing chores and seem forgetful. Do you find they have trouble paying attention to you and to details? Do you wonder sometimes if they are even listening to you? Does your teen display social immaturity? They may become defiant and try to manipulate you, their school teachers and anyone else to get what they want. If you feel your child has signs of attention deficit disorder, it might be in your best interest to talk to your doctor.
Your teen can be tested and may or may not have to be put on medication. Teens with high IQ’s are very bright and with inattentive type ADD they will do well in school until the demands are overwhelming and more is expected of them, then they have trouble being able to cope and keep up. Sometimes a teen with ADD is labeled as an underachiever because they have ADD and can’t focus. The bright teen may become anxious and try to overcompensate for their ADD and stay up late into the night or all night, to cram for an exam or to finish a paper they’ve put off until the last minute.
Symptoms of ADHD are lack of attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Inattentive symptoms include: not paying attention to details or makes mistakes with their schoolwork, paying attention during a task, doesn’t listen when spoken to, often loses assignments, books, tools needed for tasks or activities, is easily distracted and forgetful in daily activities.
Hyperactivity symptoms: fidgets with hands or feet or squirms, leaves their seat when expected to remain seated, often on the go and talks excessively. Impulsivity symptoms include: blurts out answers before the question is even finished, has difficulty waiting their turn, and interrupts others, may butt into the conversation or game. A teen with ADHD could also have behavioral disorder as well, such as oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, or learning disorders. Oppositional defiant disorder can start as young as eight, but no later then early adolescence. Often symptoms of ODD start with family members.
Symptoms could be as follows: losing temper, arguing with adults and becoming more defiant, often they are very angry or become resentful and vindictive. They deliberately annoy others and easily become annoyed with other. A teen with ODD will blame others for their mistakes or misbehavior. When a parent is faced with ODD in their teen, they become frustrated and often have to refer to teen boarding schools to help cope with their teen. Teen boarding schools provide a safe and controlled environment for the teen to learn to control their ODD. The boarding schools work directly with the parents to help their teen learn skills to manage their ODD.