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:

  1. trouble paying attention
  2. inattention to details and instruction
  3. easily distractable
  4. loses materials and forgets to turn in homework
  5. trouble finishing tasks and homework
  6. trouble listening
  7. blurts out answers
  8. impatience
  9. fidgety and unable to sit still for lengthy periods of time
  10. constantly “on the move”
  11. talks excessively
  12. interrupts or intrudes on others

Why Wilderness for ADHD and Teen Sexual Problems?

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.