ADHD is a Problem for Teenagers
The teenage years can be hard enough for some. But with ADHD as a part of life it can be even a greater challenge for both the parents and the teenager.
If left untreated, ADHD can lead to serious problems in a teenager.
- Teenagers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Impulsive Type ADHD - have 400% more traffic accidents and traffic tickets related to speeding, than teens without ADD ADHD.
- Twice as many teens with ADHD will run away from home than teens without ADHD. About 16% of teens run away from home at some point, versus 32% of teens untreated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD.
- As many as 50% of all teenagers in juvenile facilities have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder but were untreated for ADHD.
- Arson is often associated with Attention Deficit Disorder, as teens with untreated Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD - are three times more likely to be arrested for arson than those without ADHD: 16% vs. 5%.
- Teenagers untreated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD - are ten times more likely to get pregnant, or cause a pregnancy, than those without ADHD.
- Teenagers untreated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD - are 400% more likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease than teens
without ADHD: 16% to 4%.
While the impulsive ADHD kids will often get into trouble, the inattentive ADHD kids tend to be non-compliant due to not being motivated enough to remember the things he was asked to do.
About 60% of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder kids are also oppositional or defiant. Some are even getting in trouble with the law.
Impulsive-Hyperactive ADHD kids are the most likely to get into trouble than are the Inattentive ADHD kids, as they tend to crave the stimulation of anti-social behaviors, and impulsively "act-out". Because they are impulsive, they don't plan their crimes well, and are usually easily caught.
Teens untreated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD - average two arrests by the age of 18.
About 20% of teens untreated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD - will be arrested for a felony, versus only about 3% of teens without ADHD.
Please look through each of the articles below to better understand teenagers with ADHD.