ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. While it is common for teenagers to be distracted, teens struggling with ADHD do not grow out of this behavior, and symptoms can grow in severity over time. Treatment for teens with ADHD should start as early as possible.
If you believe your teen may have ADHD, the first step is to receive a formal diagnosis. A trained mental health professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, or a primary care provider, like a pediatrician will determine if your child has ADHD. Once you have received a formal diagnosis of ADHD, the next step is to seek out the best treatment for your teen.
Helpful Treatments For Teens for ADHD
Treatments should be tailored to the individual, but many mental health professionals will recommend a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. According to the CDC: “Behavior therapy teaches children and their families how to strengthen positive child behaviors and eliminate or reduce unwanted or problem behaviors.” Teens with ADHD may not only have issues with focusing, but also with building and maintaining positive relationships with family members and peers. This is why combining medication with family and peer support can make a positive impact.
New Focus Academy: Positive Reinforcements, Positive Outcomes
If your teen has received a diagnosis of ADHD, a therapeutic residential program can provide the structure and support they need. New Focus Academy is a therapeutic residential program and specialized school that gives adolescent boys (ages 12-18) struggling with social and functional challenges a chance to gain the necessary skills to live independently. New Focus Academy combines individual treatment, group therapy, family involvement and diverse opportunities for growth to provide teens with the life and social skills they need to succeed. For more information about New Focus Academy please click here or call (435) 850-4356.