ADHD is a diagnosis with which most parents are familiar and a condition that can co-exist with a pornography or sexual addiction in today’s teens. STAR Guides often works with teens and parents who are struggling with how to manage ADHD and a porn/sex addiction. Classic examples of ADHD include a teen who is unable to listen to the teacher or who is disruptive in class. Even though the teen with ADHD often wants to be a good student, the impulsive behavior and difficulty paying attention in class frequently interferes and causes problems. In some cases, because of impulsivity and the pleasure involved with sexual feelings, teens with ADHD are more vulnerable to developing a pornography addiction and sexual acting out.
Research suggests that ADHD occurs in 3-5% of school age children. ADHD must begin before the age of seven and it can continue into adulthood. ADHD runs in families with about 25% of biological parents also having the diagnosis as well.
Characteristics of ADHD include:
For teens struggling with compulsive sexual behavior and ADD or ADHD, STAR Guides provides teens and parents with the chance to assess the ADHD symptoms and its connection to the problematic sexual behavior and formulate a family plan for most effectively directing the energy into production and positive activity rather than disruption, continued struggles with addiction compulsivity and negativity.
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.