Up to Date
5:10 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Parents, Teens, & ADHD

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.

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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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