This reply was originally posted by user Abner in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
Absolutely explain things to him, but weren’t things explained to him when he saw the psychologist? What about when he started taking the Concerta? Didn’t he ask what it was for? The more we understand ourselves, the better we are able to navigate life. That said, he is 17 and just diagnosed. In other words, he is a teen with 17 years of bad habits as well as a teen who is young enough to still think that he knows everything, so he may not take advantage of the knowledge of his ADHD and how it effects him.
However, frequent open, kind and honest conversations over time about his behavior, good and bad, and how the concerta has made changes or not are very important to helping him have insight into who he is so that he can start making wise decisions (hopefully.)