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Parents, Teens, & ADHD

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Why have we seen so many children, teenagers, and adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Symptoms of ADHD include lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.  And for parents with teens, ADHD can be a troubling diagnosis on top of an already difficult period in a child's life.  Many teens have trouble following through on instructions and don't seem to listen when spoken to directly, but it's important to know when a teen is just being a teen...or when their condition requires special attention.

Thursday on Up to Date: Lawrence psychologist and parenting expert Wes Crenshaw, Ph.D., talks with Steve Kraske about ADHD, its effect on family relationships, and dispels some myths surrounding ADHD and teens.

Questions about teens and ADHD?  Email us at uptodate@kcur.org. You can also post comments on KCUR's Facebook page or Tweet us at @KCURUpToDate.

Learn more about ADHD and teens.

Dr. Wes Crenshaw is a Kansas Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He served Lawrence families as director of the Family Therapy Insitute Midwest since 1999 and continues seeing clients there. He is co-author of the Double Take column published weekly since 2004, and currently in Monday's GO! section of the Lawrence Journal World. He compiled eight years’ worth of his best columns into two books entitled:Dear Dr. Wes and...Marissa, John, Julia, Kelly, Samantha, Ben and Miranda. The first volume includes columns written for parents. The second volume is for teens. Dr. Wes received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1994, was licensed in 1995 and founded an internship for doctoral students in Topeka in 1996. He was board certified and began private practice as co-owner of the Family Therapy Institute Midwest in 1999. He opened Family Psychological Services LLC, a forensic consultation practice in January 2011 and is developing a strategic practice management and billing service for mental health providers in Kansas.

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After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.