Does My Teen Have ADD?


ADD, or attention deficit disorder, is a medical condition that affects how well someone can sit still, focus, and pay attention. People with ADD have differences in the parts of their brains that control attention and activity, which means they have trouble focusing on some tasks and subjects.

Sometimes they might get into trouble because they are impulsive, in other words, they do things without thinking them through first. It is important to know if your child has ADD in order to know how to handle it and do what is best for your child.

Symptoms of ADD:

  • difficulty paying attention or staying focused on a task
  • jumping from one activity to another
  • trouble focusing on instructions and difficulty following through
  • losing or forgetting things like homework
  • problems paying close attention to details
  • making careless mistakes
  • trouble organizing tasks and activities
  • difficulty waiting for their turn
  • interrupting other people
  • fidgeting with hands or feet or having trouble sitting still
  • feeling restless
  • talking a lot and having trouble doing things quietly

If you think your child may have ADD, talk to a medical professional about what your best options for treatment are.