We Know ADHD
You should, too.
For over 20 years, Shire has been committed to research to help meet the needs of patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Shire regularly works with healthcare providers, patients, caregivers, and policymakers in order to raise awareness and broaden understanding of this condition. Want to know more about ADHD? Read on.
Know the Symptoms
The following are symptoms of ADHD:
- Careless mistakes and lack of attention to detail
- Trouble staying focused on tasks
- Difficulty listening, even when spoken to directly
- Fails to follow through on instructions and becomes easily sidetracked
- Difficulty organizing tasks, poor time management
- Avoids tasks requiring sustained mental effort
- Regularly loses things needed for tasks, like school materials and phone
- Easily distracted
- Forgetful in daily activities and responsibilities
- Fidgets or squirms
- Leaves seat when expected to sit
- Runs or climbs when inappropriate (may be limited to feeling restless in adolescents and adults)
- Difficulty with quiet activities
- “On the go” and others find him/her difficult to keep up with
- Talks excessively
- Blurts out answers before a question has been completed, completes other people's sentences
- Has trouble waiting their turn
- Interrupts or intrudes on others
This is not a complete list of the criteria for ADHD, and having some of these symptoms of ADHD does not necessarily mean your teen has ADHD. If some of the symptoms above sound familiar, consider talking to their healthcare provider.
Know the Tips
In addition to choosing a long-acting treatment like Mydayis, there are a few steps you can help your teen take to plan their day.
- Help your teen plan their
Knowing exactly what they want to accomplish during the day saves time and may help them from trying to take on too much.
day from the start
Ask them to figure out what needs to get done and what would be nice to get done to help them focus on one thing at a time. That’ll help prevent important stuff from getting accidentally pushed off or falling through the cracks.
- Plan for tomorrow
Be sure they take a little time to look ahead and set expectations for the next day so they can better manage their priorities.
- Create a routine
If your teen does the same thing at the same time each day, it might help them reduce chaos and make it easier to get things done.
- Let them unwind
Teens with ADHD often need to work harder than their peers to accomplish the same tasks. Encourage your teen to set aside some time to relax and enjoy some downtime.