Posted by: E | 2019/10/09


Teenage daughter showing symptoms.

Good Day, My daughter is now 15 years old and up until the end of Primary School, she was coping with school very well. She was a bubbly, confident young lady and very popular amoungst her friends. High School took a different turn and her school work is deteriorating monthly. She cannot concentrate, she doesn't complete tasks, her homework is never done... the list is endless. Her room is messy, she is just not the same child anymore. I don't fight with her and I don't punish her for her bad marks as she tells me she is really battling. Extra lessons have been arranged and I support her constantly. The situation is very difficult as she never had these issues before. I know that children becoming teenagers go through these"stages" as I have an 18 year old son. I also understand that her current behavior is a "normal teenage thing", however, my question is: Can a teenager suddenly battle with ADHD when they never had it in earlier childhood? Thanks so much, E

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert
- 2019/10/20

I would most definitely recommend a comprehensive assessment for ADHD and/ or a mood disorder. Children can sometimes cope with the demands of primary school, but when the demands of secondary school become more, as well as the requirement for increased independence, they may start to struggle - thereby "unmasking" ADHD which was present all along.

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