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What actions can I take to help my teen manage her ADHD?

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By taking the following actions, you can help your teen manage ADHD:  

  • Provide clear, consistent expectations.
  • Set a daily schedule and keep distractions to a minimum.  
  • Support activities where your teen can have personal success (sports, hobbies, or music lessons, for example).  
  • Build your teen's self-esteem by affirming positive behavior.
  • Help your teen with scheduling and organization.  
  • Work with your teen's teachers to make sure your teen is on task at school.  
  • Stay calm when disciplining your teen.  
  • Make sure your teen gets plenty of sleep. 

From: ADHD in Teens WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CHADD: "Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria."

CDC: "ADHD and Risk of Injury."

National Institutes of Health: "Severe Childhood ADHD May Predict Alcohol, Substance Use Problems in Teen Years."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

CHADD: "Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria."

CDC: "ADHD and Risk of Injury."

National Institutes of Health: "Severe Childhood ADHD May Predict Alcohol, Substance Use Problems in Teen Years."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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