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The Dangerous Combinations of Teens with ADHD and Driving

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) ADHD is considered a neurobehavioral disorder which affects about 4.4 million children ages 4 to 17. Without medication a child, teen, or adult with ADHD has a difficult time following instructions, completing tasks, or concentrating on one thing at a time.

19-year-old Alison O'Brien of Virginia, learned an important lesson about driving NOT being under the influence of her ADHD medication.
"I started to feel a little woozy," she says, looking back at how she felt before the accident. No one was seriously hurt in the accident, but Miss O'Brien took a court-ordered driver's education course afterward, along with her father, who was there for support. She now keeps extra medication in her car just in case, although lethargy isn't a typical concern for ADHD teens behind the wheel.
Studies show that teens with ADHD can improve their ability to concentrate, therefore making them better, safer drivers when they regularly take their medications. Experts agree that when it comes to teen drivers, those diagnosed with ADHD and those without, extra precautions, like prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving, should always be taken. Read more from WashingtonTimes.com.

Labels: medications, teens, driving

Posted By: Aspen Education Group