ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a fairly common disorder that affects a person’s ability to pay attention and focus on and complete tasks like schoolwork. ADHD sometimes causes impulsive behaviour, as the person doesn’t always think ahead.
Everyone has these symptoms sometimes, but they appear more often in youth with ADHD and often with outcomes that greatly impact their lives.
Only a doctor can diagnose ADHD after assessing many areas of a teen’s life – home, school and social situations like clubs and sports. Other mental health professionals are sometimes consulted and treatment usually involves medication alongside learning and practicing skills like how to organize homework, prepare for new situations and cope with impulsive thoughts and urges.
Counselling is often helpful for those with ADHD as they can learn coping skills and ways to manage some of their symptoms.