Symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can strike at any time-during class, when you’re listening to a friend’s story, while doing homework, and did we mention during class? You might find it difficult to pay attention and sit still when your impulses are constantly tempting you to do the opposite. In The ADHD Workbook for Teens, you’ll learn simple skills you can use to confidently handle school, make and keep friends, and organize and finish every project you start.
This workbook helps you find out who you really are through a series of exercises and worksheets that focus on identifying your strengths and interests. Then, you’ll begin using those strengths to create strategies for overcoming the ADHD-related issues you struggle with.
Learn how to calm yourself down when you feel hyperactive or impulsive. Develop plans for meeting the goals that matter to you most. Get your life under control and organize your schedule. Improve your social life by becoming a better listener and friend.
A Note from the Author:
Dear Reader, This book offers you a chance to make a major change in your life: to begin to define yourself by what you do well rather than by your weaknesses. For the rest of your life, you can benefit from focusing on what is working rather than what is not working.
Sometimes teens with ADHD think that they are not on the same playing field as others, but that is not true. ADHD does, however, present many challenges for teens, and this book will give you tools to deal with those challenges. For example, you will learn some basic resources for building your motivation and confidence, which can help you achieve the goals you set for yourself.
ADHD comes with gifts as well as challenges. You will learn to find your gifts and interests and use those to build your motivation and confidence. Many teens with ADHD are creative, emotionally sensitive, and good at reading others. While these very gifts may create challenges in getting good grades, they offer opportunities for success in many arenas and career choices. You’ll read success stories of teens who overcame the significant challenges of ADHD. You’ll meet teens who increased their motivation by realizing that there were many careers that involved their most passionate interests and didn’t require them to sit still all day. You’ll meet teens who gained confidence as they discovered their many gifts they had literally not been paying attention to. You’ll meet teens who built skills for staying organized and finding resources to solve specific problems of ADHD.
Although you may be tempted to skim through the book, I encourage you to slow down and actually complete the activities. You’ll be amazed at how simple shifts in perspective can bring you lasting benefits. You can practice skills like challenging negative thoughts that pop up in your mind and deep breathing to calm yourself down. You will learn to take control of your thoughts and to feel emotions that can lead to healing. The harder you try, the more you can change your life.