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What is Normal Adolescent Behavior?

A mother wonders:

My 14-year-old ADD son has recently become more agitate, argumentative and less tolerant - especially with me, his mother. Could this be part of normal adolescence or could he possible need adjustments or changes in his medication?

Michele Novotni answers:

One easy way to tell if your son's behavior is medication related is to look at whether his behavior is better on or off medication. It is also possible that due to hormonal changes, his present medication is not sufficient. If the behaviors do not seem to be medication related, counseling may provide the help you are seeking.

Michele Novotni, Ph.D., is a psychologist and coach in private practice in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

This article is published by permission from ADDitude Magazine 2004. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited. Subscribe to ADDitude online or via toll-free phone 888-762-8475.

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