Teenagers and ADHD
Attention Deficit/Hyperactiity Disorder is behind lots of problems for those who struggle with it, as well as for their parents and families. For most of these individuals, and their uninformed parents, they can lose sight of the fact that these problems are caused by the disorder, and not an indication of their true personality, desires, or abilities. In fact, most individuals with ADHD (ADD) have a higher than average I.Q., though they usually have significant difficulty expressing it fully. This results in the blaming of themselves (and not the disorder), and causes lowered self-esteem, hopelessness, anxiety, and depression.
For a teenager, with their heightened (over?) sense of self consciousness and perhaps self doubt, these negative feelings can be overwhelming to both the teenager and their parents. The following are some frightening statistics that bring into focus the serious problems confronting these teenagers and their parents.
*Teenagers with ADHD have 400% more traffic accidents and traffic tickets than teen without ADHD.
*Twice as many teens with this disorder will run away from home (about 32%) than teens without ADHD.
*As many as 50% of the teenagers in juvenile detention facilities have untreated ADHD.
*Teens with untreated ADHD are three times more likely to be arrested for arson (16%) as those without ADHD.
*Teenagers with untreated ADHD are ten times more likely to get pregnant, or cause a pregnancy, than those without the disorder.
*Teens untreated for ADHD are 400% more likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease than those without ADHD.
*Teens untreated for ADHD will average two arrests by the age of 18.
*Approximately 20% of teenagers with untreated ADHD will be arrested for a felony.
In addition to the above, teenagers with ADHD suffer from increased amounts of anxiety, a sense of being overwhelmed, and depression. Depression can look very different in teens from its appearance in adults. Since as many as 25% of teenagers with ADHD suffer from depression, let’s take a moment to describe it. Teenagers with depression can be anti-social and overly negative. Sometimes he or she may stop caring about personal appearance, and there may be an increased sensitivity to being loved (unloved?) and accepted. There may also be the more usual signs of adult depression.
It is critical to a teenager with ADHD that the disorder be treated properly to avoid these pitfalls, and allow them to experience success and gain confidence. Unfortunately, many parents avoid testing for and treating this disorder because they fear the rigors and side effects of medication. There is however a very successful alternative to this scenario. Neurofeedback is a highly effective, drug free, safe, non-invasive and painless procedure in which the patient learns to retrain the brain, correcting the problem. Once training is complete, no further treatment is necessary.
To request information on the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD, ADHD), Mild to Moderate Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Depression, Chronic Anxiety, and Peak Performance Training contact:Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari Alta Neuro-Imaging Neurofeedback 1075 Yorba Place Suite 105 Placentia, CA 92870 714.990.6536 Website: www.ocbiofeedback.com