Therapy for Teens with ADHD/ADD and their Families
Teenagers with ADD/ADHD not only deal with issues regarding navigating adolescence, but they deal with impulsivity, struggles with school, and sometimes problems in relationships with parents. Teens with ADD/ADHD are at risk for drug and alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship problems with friends or parents, and/or delinquency. With the proper understanding of ADD/ADHD teens and parents can begin to learn how to deal with the symptoms to help and be successful.
Symptoms of ADHD/ADD in Teens
Behavior problems at home or school
Problems getting along with other kids
Often fidgets with hands and feet
Difficulty remaining seated
Often interrupts or intrudes upon others
Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
Often talks excessively
Difficulty sustaining attention in school
Often acts without thinking of consequences or behavior
Low self-esteem and under-achievement
Drug or alcohol use
The first step in working with teens is providing a good assessment. Unfortunately, ADHD/ADD can be over diagnosed by untrained professionals or can be missed by professionals who do not understand ADHD/ADD and its impact.
Our ADHD specialists in San Francisco, Marin, and Berkeley take the time to provide a thorough assessment before making a diagnosis. We can even provide a more extensive assessment to understand the teens' strengths and weaknesses. We will then develop a treatment plan that may include medication, therapy, parent consultation, family therapy, group therapy, and/or educational therapy. Your treatment plan will be developed around your family and its values. We understand that not everyone feels comfortable giving their teenager medication, so we will work with you and generally lean towards under medicating teens rather than overmedicating them. We can help your family become happier, help protect your child's sense of self esteem, and help your family succeed.
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