Tips for teens with ADD/ADHD

Parents with mental disorders often have children with neurodiversities. One of mine has ADHD and it was a slog getting him through school. Tips like these are grade savers.

Youth Of A Nation:Bent not Broke


Learning you have been diagnosed with ADD can be very hard as a child or as an adult. 

Let’s look at the diagnosis from the child’s perspective. My son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder as a young child. We worked with the school, but he still always felt “less than” the other children. Understand that at the core of these kids with behavior problems or learning disabilities, they’re angry. They’re ashamed of themselves and they feel like they’re damaged goods. And that just makes them feel more hopeless, which triggers more acting-out. Their perspective on their diagnosis is, “There’s something wrong with me.” That’s why they’re always making excuses, blaming others, and saying, “It’s not me, it’s them.” In this way, they defend themselves from the feelings of shame and anger. They see that the other kids can meet their responsibilities and they know they can’t—or won’t. They…

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