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What does ADHD look like in teens?

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Most children who are diagnosed with ADHD still have it as teenagers. Symptoms of ADHD in teens are similar to those of ADHD in children. They include:

During teen years, especially as the hormonal changes of adolescence are going on, ADHD symptoms may get worse.

  • Distractibility
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity

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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