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Society has told us that ADHD is a childhood condition, but that’s not the case. Teens and adults can struggle with ADHD or ADD, too. However, it may be more challenging to diagnose beyond childhood because people aren’t necessarily looking for it.
Once a child reaches adolescence, the adults around them often see their behavioral issues as just that, behavioral issues. Some teens aren’t given the benefit of the doubt that their inability to follow directions, lack of focus, missed homework assignments and the like are the result of a legitimate, medical condition that needs addressing. It’s in adolescence that teens with ADHD can be unfairly mislabeled as unintelligent, unmotivated or “problem” children.
Without proper treatment, teens with ADHD may find it difficult to cope with many aspects of adolescent life, including academics, relationships with friends and family, emotional functioning, driving and even alcohol and substance use.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Most children with ADHD don’t just “outgrow it” and, if left untreated, will still have it as teenagers. (chadd.org)
- Many teens with ADHD were not diagnosed as children. (chadd.org)
- 20% to 30% of teens with ADHD have a co-existing mood disorder, such as depression. (chadd.org)
- Anxiety disorders also may be present in as many as 10% to 40% of teens with ADHD. (chadd.org)
- Risk for substance abuse among teens with ADHD ranges from 12% to 24% higher. (chadd.org)
ADHD Symptoms in Teens
Do you suspect your child may have teen ADHD? Below are some common signs of ADHD in teens. If your teenager exhibits several of these qualities, Neurocore might be able to help with our brain-mapping diagnostics.
- Poor concentration or distractibility
Because teens with ADHD have a difficult time focusing, they tend to have challenges in school. Forgetting assignments or carelessly rushing through them is not uncommon. They also are more likely to be fidgety in class. Careless driving also can be an issue.
Adolescence in itself is already a roller coaster of hormones! With ADHD, the highs and lows can be even more drastic. Poor emotional-regulation is not uncommon for teens with ADHD, so coping with frustration, failure and social or relationship struggles can be especially difficult for ADHD teens.
- Impulsivity or hyperactivity
This is usually reflected in immature judgment or risk-taking, thrill-seeking behavior. It is essentially why teens with ADHD are more susceptible to start smoking, drinking heavily, or using substances at earlier ages.
- Sleep disturbance
While many teens have strange sleep cycles, those with ADHD have a harder time “turning their brains off” at the end of the day. They end up feeling restless and not getting enough sleep, which naturally leads to them not functioning well (i.e. in school) the next day.
- Communication problems
Research shows that teenagers with ADHD tend not to pick up on social cues that may be obvious to most other people. This leads to them having fewer reciprocal friendships. In some cases, they may even be bullies or victims of bullying.
“I always struggled with paying attention in class or even keeping my desk in order. Teachers were always calling my parents about my ‘behavior’ and would try to move me to lower-level classes because they thought I was slow or lazy. Once I got to high school, I realized that my zoning out made it harder to make friends or connect with people. Reading was the hardest of all, because I would read a sentence and then drift off and realize I read 20 pages without actually processing anything.” - Julia P., via BuzzFeed
- Extreme disorganization
While many teens have messy rooms, in the cases of those with ADHD, their level of disorganization causes them to forget commitments and fail to properly prioritize tasks to the point that it frazzles them and affects their daily lives.
We offer a scientific and comprehensive assessment of ADHD that goes beyond just a checklist of symptoms. It also can help determine between a learning disorder, ADHD and anxiety — all of which can result in similar symptoms and, especially, challenges and behaviors in the classroom.
Below is a breakdown of how our testing works:
- qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalogram): to measure brainwave activity. By evaluating the speed and connectivity of your teen’s brain, we can pinpoint the causes of his or her unwanted symptoms.
- Behavioral Checklist: this gives us more insight as to what your teen is feeling and experiencing on a day-to-day basis. It also is a medium to address any emotional and social concerns.
- Integrated Visual and Auditory Test (IVA): This test is designed to measure impulsivity and attention levels.
- Heart Rate Variability (HRV): Measures heart rate and breathing patterns, which are vital to the overall health of the brain.
Read more about our thorough assessment:
Medication has a time and a place, but it’s not the only option for treating teenage ADHD. While meds do show immediate results, the benefits only last as long as the drug is in your system. Once it wears off, you are forced to take another dose. Additionally, there can be a host of negative side effects, a negative stigma associated with taking them and years of prescription drug bills — none of which are ideal if you’re a teen!
“I felt that my daughter was over-medicated and was not doing well in school. She was having a hard time focusing in class and completing homework. Her anxiety level was so high that she couldn't function in school. She wouldn't get up in the morning and wouldn't go to bed at night.” — April G., mom of a 15-year-old client
Medications for treatment of ADHD can provide a rapid reduction of your symptoms within minutes to hours. However, their benefits last for only a short period of time, they do not always work well, and sometimes they cause unpleasant side-effects and/or dependency.
Neurofeedback is a safe, science-based and effective alternative to medications that can produce lasting benefits. Through the use of the latest EEG technology, it helps you improve your attention and focus by optimizing your brainwaves.
What if sitting back and watching movies was able to train your brain to focus better? Well, that’s exactly what our neurofeedback program looks like. Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that and there is a whole lot of science behind it, but this is the basic idea:
- Your child selects a movie of his or her liking.
- Using qEEG technology, their brainwave activity is monitored in real-time as they watch the movie.
- When the brain begins to function sub-optimally, the movie pauses.
- This brief disruption will tell the brain that something isn’t right: It’s operating out of balance.
- Because the brain naturally craves balance and rhythm and stimulation, it will correct itself within milliseconds and the movie will resume.
- This process repeats until your teen's brain teaches itself to function in a healthier, more balanced manner over the course of the 30-session program.
In our experience, the most important things that parents of teens with ADHD can do is be supportive and stay in the picture throughout their teen's testing and treatment. Should you decide to treat your teen with Neurocore’s neurofeedback program, we will be here with you every step of the way!
OUR ADHD OUTCOMES*
*Of those presenting with a "Clinical" status (T-score ≥ 70) on the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) DSM-Oriented AD/HD Problems Scale.
1Reduction of T-score by at least 1 point on the ASEBA DSM-Oriented AD/HD Problems Scale.
2Magnitude of improvement on the ASEBA DSM-Oriented AD/HD Problems Scale by at least the minimal clinically important difference (MCID), defined by ASEBA; in this case the MCID is at least 3 points.
3Non-clinical status includes "Borderline" status (T-score between 65 and 69) and "Normal" status (T-score < 65) on the ASEBA DSM-Oriented AD/HD Problems Scale.
4Reduction of T-score to < 65 on the ASEBA DSM-Oriented AD/HD Problems Scale, placing them within "Normal" status.
**Above outcomes based on completing 30 sessions.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
"I started Neurocore back when I was in 8th grade and I had amazing results! I was able to be removed from my ADD medication and my focus level was hugely improved. Now I'm about to start my 4th year in college and I wanted to retrain my brain! I have had an amazing experience!"
— Collin L., 23-year-old client
"[Reasons for coming to Neurocore] Overreacting to frustration, decreasing ability to focus on tasks and train of thought. Great lack of organization.
Colt feels much more ability to focus in class and ability to remember. He also is pleased with his gaining ability to stay calm in stressful situations and demanding opportunities. His coaches and friends commented on his calmness and leadership excelling within a month of starting. They did not know he was doing this therapy, they just noticed a great change. He also did not even realize how much he was struggling to get rest at night until he started therapy and very quickly started waking up feeling very rested. He has very much appreciated this plus.
Colt has enjoyed the people at Neurocore and has been encouraged with the calming effects of his treatment. He is very grateful for his experience with Neurocore's brain therapy."
— Marie F., Mother of 16-year-old client
"My son was struggling in school with attention and focus and his grades were poor due to that. He also had trouble with remembering things. He did not sleep well and his covers were always a mess... His grades have improved and we are getting great feedback from his teachers regarding his grades, focus and attitude."
— Sue C., Mother of 14-year-old client
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Neurocore may be covered by your insurance
Many insurance plans cover Neurocore’s services. We provide a FREE insurance consultation prior to the time of the initial neurological assessment to inform clients if and how much will be covered. You may be able to use your Health Savings Account (HSA) for Neurocore services.
In Michigan, we are an in-network partner for Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and Blue Care Network (BCN) and will directly bill your insurance for your convenience.
If you are not a BCBS or BCN member in Michigan, your out-of-network insurance still may provide coverage or reimbursement for our services.