Teenagers with ADHD or Learning Disabilities
Teenagers with ADHD or a learning disability (LD) or have a more challenging road to travel. They have more classes, assignments are more demanding, the social environment is complex, and their bodies are changing rapidly. Like any other teenager, teenagers with ADHD or LD would want more independence, but at the same time, they will need continued support and encouragement from parents to achieve the freedom they seek.
There are several neurobiological effects of learning disabilities and ADHD on the behaviour of teenagers. Teenagers with ADHD or LD tend to take more risks like driving too fast or without a licence, trying alcohol or drugs earlier than their peers, have low self-esteem, have problems building peer relationships, miss picking up social cues, and are prone to anxiety and depression.
Since teenagers with ADHD or learning disabilities often have poor social skills, they are more likely to be bullied or teased by their peers. They may have a hard time fitting in and are more likely to drop out of school. Teens, their parents, and professionals need to work together to sail through this phase effectively.