... it is our goal to help the teen with ADD/ ADHD develop a positive self esteem and good coping skills to deal with the challenges of the diagnosis ...

Adolescents with ADD/ADHD

People living with a family member with ADD or ADHD understand the impact it can have on a family.  The frustrations can be constant, the chaos overwhelming.  That’s why it is our priority to offer top-quality services for this diagnosis.  While there is no talk-therapy cure for ADD/ ADHD, there are multiple techniques that can be utilized to greatly reduce the effects it can have on the individual and the family.  Using a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques, parenting education, anger management, stress management and coping skills training, the difference that treatment can make can be profound.

Many teenagers who were diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD as children still exhibit symptoms through adolescence and into adulthood.  Sometimes the mechanism in which the behaviors present themselves can change, which can lead parents to believe they have “outgrown” the diagnosis.  It is important to have an understanding of how ADD/ ADHD can present itself in adolescents and to seek treatment to help the teen develop a positive self-esteem and good coping skills to deal with the challenges of this diagnosis.  Psychological testing can be very effective in helping diagnosis or rule out ADD/ ADHD in adolescents.


Whitson Family Therapy offers the following services for teens with ADD/ ADHD:

  • Psychological/ Neuropsychological testing
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Coping skills training
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy

Did you know…

  • Children and teens are sometimes misdiagnosed with ADD/ ADHD, when the problem may be anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder.
  • Sometimes the symptoms of ADD/ ADHD present differently in a teen than they did when the person was a child.  For example, the hyperactivity may be less prevalent, but issues of inattentiveness or difficulty concentrating may still be present.  Because the teen is no longer “bouncing off the walls” like he/ she did when a child, parents may thing the teen has outgrown the diagnosis.  When this occurs, the treatment stops and the teen may be left struggling on his/ her own with the challenges of the diagnosis. 
  • Individuals with ADD/ ADHD often also have issues of depression and/ or anxiety, which often goes undiagnosed because the ADD/ ADHD symptoms mask the depression or anxiety.  When this occurs, the treatment is not comprehensive enough to address all of the problems and therefore has limited success.

Psychological/ Neuropsychological testing may be the answer…

  • In most cases, testing can give you a definitive diagnosis for ADD/ ADHD and will usually determine any other diagnoses as well.
  • You can be sure you are getting the right diagnosis, which will allow you to proceed with the right kind of treatment.