Modern Recovery offers therapy for teens with ADHD. We have a wide range of options available for those looking for treatment. We teens and their families fill in the gaps between diagnosis, getting help, and treatment. We also help with aftercare.

Today’s teens have a lot of things they have to deal with. There can be a lot of pressure at school, during sports, and on social media, just to name a few places. For teens with ADHD, the pressure can be higher in some ways.

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Teen Therapy for ADHD

Getting treatment for ADHD can reduce the number of symptoms. This helps people focus better, improving their ability to work and learn. Treatment can be medication, therapy, or both.

This can also include training for parents. Behavior therapy and parent training are recommended for preschool-aged children before moving on to medication.

Medication

Types of Medication

Medication can be a big part of ADHD treatment for some. Medications can reduce hyperactivity and impulsiveness. It may also improve physical coordination. It may take several tries before finding the right medication that works for each individual.

ADHD medications can be stimulants or non-stimulants.

Stimulants work by increasing the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine. Dopamine levels in the brain directly affect memory, concentration, learning, mood, and motor control. Norepinephrine increases alertness and affects someone’s mood and ability to concentrate.

People using stimulant medications need to be monitored by doctors. There are some side effects if they are misused. The side effects include:

  • Raised blood pressure and heart rate
  • Decreased appetite
  • Sleep problems
  • Personality changes
  • Headaches
  • Increased anxiety or irritability

Non-stimulants take longer to begin working but can also help control ADHD symptoms. These are often used if someone has side effects from stimulant medications. Sometimes both stimulants and non-stimulants may be used together to increase symptom control.

FDA-approved medications for treating ADHD include:

  • Ritalin
  • Focalin
  • Concerta
  • Daytrana patch
  • Adderall
  • Vyvanse
  • Mydayis
  • Quillivant
  • Dexedrine
  • Strattera

Therapy

Therapy is a powerful tool to help children and teens manage ADHD symptoms. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parent training in behavior management also.

Parent behavior therapy training teaches parents strategies to help their children. This is most effective for children under 12. The training helps parents teach their children skills and strategies to succeed at home and at school.

Older children and teens can participate in behavioral therapy themselves. This is a type of psychotherapy that helps people change their own behavior. They may be taught skills for organizing tasks and schoolwork.

This can also include social skills training. Learning how to read facial expressions and tone of voice in others can improve relationships.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is another option. This is a problem-oriented strategy. It focuses on current issues and the thought patterns that come with the problems. Recognizing negative thought patterns and changing them reduces people’s negative feelings about themselves.

Co-occurring Conditions

Sometimes children and teens affected by ADHD can have additional mental health issues. This is not always the case, but parents should be aware of the possibilities.

Some teens may find it hard to fall asleep at night or have irregular sleep patterns.

Depression can sometimes happen along with ADHD. This is more than just feeling sad for a little while. It can cause severe symptoms that affect daily activities.

Anxiety disorder is a consistent sense of nervousness that does not go away. The worry interferes with activities at home, at school, or while playing. It can also cause physical symptoms like a rapid heartbeat and dizziness.

Oppositional defiant disorder is one of the most common disorders occurring with ADHD. With ODD, children act out enough that it causes serious problems at home or in shool. It usually starts before the age of 8 but can happen in adolescents. Children with ODD are most likely to act oppositionally around people they know well.

Examples of ODD behaviors include:

  • Arguing with adults and refusing to follow the rules.
  • Deliberately annoying others or easily becoming annoyed with others.
  • Often blame other people for their own mistakes.
  • Often lose their temper
  • Often getting angry or wanting to hurt someone they feel has caused problems for them.

Conduct Disorder is when children show a serious behavioral pattern of aggression and violate rules at home, at school, and with peers. The behaviors could lead to breaking the law. Some examples include:

  • Lying, stealing, and damaging other people’s property on purpose.
  • Running away from home, staying out at night when told not to, skipping school.
  • Bullying, fighting, or being cruel to animals.

Modern Recovery can Help

At Modern Recovery, we have an online program for teens that allows them to get help while staying home and continuing their education in school. Teens are very used to communicating online with their friends, so this form of therapy is something that appeals to them. They feel very comfortable with it.

We know that it can be challenging when your child struggles with symptoms of ADHD. Some families go years without getting an official diagnosis. That does not have to be the case with your family.

We can help you and your child to get relief from ADHD symptoms through quality mental health treatment. This is not something you need to navigate alone.

Please contact us today for more information on how we can help.

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