Whether your teen has been recently diagnosed with ADHD or has dealt with it for a while, it’s during this time they often start playing a role in managing their own symptoms and behaviors. To help your teens learn how to function well on their own, here are some quick tips for parents of teens with ADHD.
4 Tips for Helping Your Teen Manage Their ADHD
1. Watch for Mood Changes
By educating yourself and your teen about ADHD, you’re giving both of you the tools to succeed. It will help you as a parent know what to watch for and recognize issues they may be experiencing. Teens with ADHD struggle with all the normal teen challenges, but it can be magnified with their symptoms. Challenges like teen depression are 10 times more likely for those with ADHD, so these changes can be easier to spot if you know what to look for.1
2. Talk about Risky Behaviors
According to a study conducted in 2011 by Massachusetts General Hospital, teens with ADHD are more likely to take part in risky behaviors.2 Now, this does not mean that all teens with ADHD will, but impulsivity does play a factor, so it’s always a good idea to discuss the consequences of such actions with your teen. Risks like reckless driving, alcohol, and unsafe sexual behavior are new territory for them to navigate, so for you as a parent, inviting open communication can help them avoid negative consequences.
3. Practice Social Skills
Often, ADHD can make it hard to listen well and not interrupt others when they’re talking, which can lead to struggles with friends, teachers, etc. Reminding your teen in a positive way to stop and think before speaking can help them navigate conversations and maintain relationships more easily. A simple mantra like “Stop, think, do” can be a gentle reminder to pause and consider the consequences of the next action.3 In the same way, when your teen brings up a situation that has occurred, help them go through and see what they could do the next time the situation arises. Practicing what to say or how to act can help them remember in the moment.
4. Involve Them in Decisions
As your teen is nearing adulthood, it can be helpful to include them in decisions about their health and routines to instill responsibility. One helpful idea is sitting down and deciding family rules together for things like curfew, dating, driving, etc. Setting the expectations out plainly and discussing what will happen if those expectations are not met will help your teen with decision making.3 Also, just as with anyone dealing with ADHD, setting routines for bed, studying, and chores can help your teen learn to manage their inattention day-to-day on their own.
At times, it may seem like a lot to handle as a parent, but you’re doing great! No matter where you and your teen are in your ADHD journey, we wish you the best! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
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 Do You Have ADHD, Depression, or Both? (2020, February 22). Verywell Mind. https://www.verywellmind.com/adhd-and-depression-4773762
 Parenting a Teen With ADHD (for Parents) - Nemours Kids Health. (n.d.). Kids Health. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/parenting-teen-adhd.html
 Managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in teenagers. (2021, July 5). Raising Children Network. https://raisingchildren.net.au/teens/development/adhd/managing-adhd-12-18-years