This symptom is the most difficult to
identify in childhood. The primarily inattentive ADHD subtype may not be
recognized at all until a child grows into a teen. Although symptoms of
inattentiveness begin during childhood, a child may be able to function fairly
normally. Also, family members and other caregivers may be able to help
the child to compensate, without realizing the problem might be ADHD. As
adolescence approaches, inattentiveness may become pronounced with the new
demands from increasing academic workloads and other responsibilities. Problems usually develop that prompt an evaluation for ADHD
during major transition points, such as when starting middle school, high
school, or even college.
Because of their impulsivity, teens with
ADHD are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as reckless driving,
having unprotected sex, or using alcohol or drugs.
Obvious symptoms of hyperactivity may
decrease during the teen years. But they may be replaced by fidgeting or
feelings of restlessness.
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