ADHD and Teens
ADHD during teenage years
- While ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, the symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity may continue through adolescence.
- It is estimated that 60% to 85% of children with ADHD may continue to meet the criteria for the disorder during their teenage years.
- Young children and teens may share the same symptoms of ADHD, but the way the symptoms appear may change over time.
As your child matures
By late childhood and early adolescence, some ADHD symptoms may become more subtle and less noticeable. Symptoms of hyperactivity such as excessive running and climbing may be less obvious. Teens with ADHD may fidget with their hands and feet, feel restless, and may have difficulty engaging in quiet activities.
Only a trained health care professional can accurately diagnose ADHD.