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ADHD Teenage Survival Tips

Aug 17, 2007
Raising teenagers is at times difficult. Raising adolescents suffering from ADHD is far more complicated, as teens suffering from ADHD are less emotionally mature than their peers. They are still going through the mental, physical and emotional changes of adolescence, but are less equipped to deal with these changes than other kids their age. In other words, adolescence will be even harder for them to face. Most of the rules of how to raise a teen will still apply for your child, but some modifications will need to be made for their ADHD.

It's extremely important to establish some rules, which both you and your teen are clear on. It's best to involve your teen in the process of setting these rules; this way he/she will be more likely to obey them. You must also be as consistent as possible: if two parents are raising the teenager, both must steadily enforce the same set of rules. Make sure to track of your child and his/her activities; keep in touch with their school, know who their friends are, be knowledgeable about any other contacts they may have. A rewards and consequences system will still work well, as when they were younger; however modifications will need to be made, taking into account the fact that they are becoming older.

Even with these parenting guidelines, raising a teenager with ADHD will not be easy. ADHD teens are more likely to experiment with illegal drugs, be involved with illegal activities and are prone to be more rebellious. They are also more likely to become addicted to any of these activities because of their constant need for high stimulation.

Keep on the lookout for these behaviors, and try to keep as positive a relationship as possible with your child. Bear in mind that no teenager likes to be nagged constantly; and in any case, doing so will get you nowhere.

Watch out for any signs that tell you your ADHD teen is in trouble. Because of the emotional instability that is inherent in the disorder, be particularly vigilant during teen years. If situations or circumstances become negative, consider counseling as an option. A counselor is someone your child can talk to that is not a part of their daily life, and will most likely be regarded as non-threatening to them.

Counselors can even intervene in family problems if needed. Group therapy may be a good option for your child as well. You can look for a support group for teenagers and adults with ADHD. Quite a few are out there ready to help you. They may also give your child that feeling of belonging they are looking for.
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Aliza Adar Levine RN,TCM Herbalist,and Medical Researcher,was part of the hospital research team that developed "Clarity", a safe, natural ADHD treatment, proven highly effective, in clinical trials. Watch
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