Risky behavior in teens with ADHD: How to help

Teens with ADHD are more likely to take risks and act impulsively than other kids. They often struggle to resist temptations and think through consequences. And they may have a hard time getting themselves out of tricky or dangerous situations.

That doesn’t mean, though, that they can’t develop tools and strategies for making better, safer choices. They just may need more practice thinking through consequences and coming up with different ways to approach situations.

Keep in mind that low self-esteem can drive risky behavior. Encourage teens to reflect on their strengths instead of dwelling on their challenges. Having a mentor can make a big difference, too.

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