Teen Attention Deficit Disorder (also known as Teen ADD) is a brain disorder in which teens’ brains develop slower than normal, which causes an array of negative symptoms. Teen ADD is one of three types of Teen ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.) Teen Attention Deficit Disorder is characterized by teens consistently experiencing hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, difficulty correcting behaviors, and difficulty controlling themselves. Teen ADD is also one of the most common brain disorders among adolescents.
Teen Attention Deficit Disorder is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed brain disorders. This is at least partly because many of the symptoms can be misunderstood as behavioral issues, rather than mental health symptoms. Some of the symptoms associated with Teen ADD include: constantly moving or fidgeting, being disorganized, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering things, becoming bored easily, having difficulty engaging, difficulty behaving appropriately and/or correcting behaviors; and overall unsteady, unpredictable energy. Understandably, this combination of symptoms often causes considerable difficulty for teens in the traditional group classroom setting, and can often lead to significant stress in their lives, which often also spills over into tension with their teachers, parents, and other relationships.
Many of the hyperactive symptoms of Teen ADD are especially prevalent (and can be problematic) in the school setting and can create difficulty because of it. It’s important to understand that while concentrating, staying on task, and behaving well in the classroom can be challenging at times for any teen, teens with Teen ADD are unable to control their impulses and symptoms. Furthermore, the symptoms of being distracted, unable to focus, and constantly moving from one point of attention to the next, is so extreme that it debilitates them from being able to correct themselves, even despite the most sincere desires to do so. Prior to accurate diagnosis, this can be a real source of tension between teens and others, if and when their struggles are interpreted as simply behavioral.
When teens are struggling with Teen ADD and not receiving the help they need, it’s common for them to turn to substance abuse, as a way to try to relax, fit in with peers, and/or hide from the anxiety and stress which they’re experiencing. It’s also very prevalent for Teen Attention Deficit Disorder to be present as a Co-Occurring disorder, along with Teen Anxiety or Teen Depression.
Paradigm Treatment Centers:
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we provide Teen ADD Treatment in a comfortable, house-like residential setting. We specialize in designing treatment that is highly individualized and holistic, based on a thorough assessment of teens’ core needs, including pertinent aspects of their emotional, mental, relational, physical, and behavioral health. To this end, our Teen ADD Treatment programs include daily individual therapy sessions, in which therapists work with teens to help uncover the root of their current struggles, stressors and/or triggers which cause difficulty for them, as well as deeper feelings and/or thought patterns which may be causing tension in their lives. At the same time, we work with teens in behavioral therapy contexts, to help them to become aware of their behaviors and processes, and help them to discover practical solutions to helping them be more successful. This includes our supplemental support programs, such as our Academic Support, in which we work closely with teens to help them recognize and practice new ways to be more comfortable, confident, and successful in the classroom. In this sense, the goal of our Paradigm Treatment Centers Teen ADD Treatment plans is to support teens to gain relief from their symptoms, while also experiencing new, healthier behaviors and which will powerfully improve their overall quality of life.