The teenage years are chock full of awkward, difficult moments. It’s kind of like a hurdle everyone has to jump over to reach adulthood. It’s not a happy time for many teens. If you add ADHD into the mix, that can just makes things worse.
Diagnosis of ADHD in teen girls
ADHD in teen girls oftentimes gets overlooked. Why? Because ADHD in teen girls often looks different than it does for males. For girls, ADHD oftentimes coincides with depression, anxiety, and self esteem issues. In fact, girls with ADHD are at a higher risk for self-injury, eating disorders, and suicide. Being able to tell whether or not your daughter has ADHD is essential to getting her the treatment she needs. Symptoms of ADHD in teen girls include:
- Can’t concentrate
Throughout the teen years, these symptoms may get worse as hormones begin to rage.
Damaging effects of ADHD in teen girls
Not only do teen girls have to worry about normal teen things, like grades and social relationships, they also have to worry about the effects ADHD will have on their lives. With ADHD, comes distractibility and poor concentration. This doesn’t bode well for teens trying to get through school with decent grades.
Often, teens with ADHD forget assignments, lose textbooks, and become bored and distracted during class. If your teen is not getting the treatment they need, their grades could drastically fall because of this.
How you can help
If your daughter is struggling with ADHD, it’s important to be as supportive as possible. ADHD affects every aspect of a teen’s life, and it’s important to talk about this with your teen. Other things you can do to provide support for your teen include:
- Providing clear expectations and limits for your teen
- Helping your teen with scheduling and organization
- Supporting your teen in activities that they feel successful doing (sports, arts, music, etc.)
- Rewarding positive behavior
- Making sure your teen gets enough sleep
Consider Solstice East
If your teen is struggling with behavior or emotional issues do to ADHD, consider Solstice East. Solstice East is a residential treatment center for young girls ages 14-18 struggling with difficulties such as trauma-related struggles, depression, and anxiety.
For more information about Solstice East, please call 828-484-9946.