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Healthier Me: ADHD in Adulthood

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There's new research on the long-lasting effects of ADHD: that's in Monday's Healthier Me.

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common developmental disorder, affecting about 7% of all children, and a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics finds that many children -- roughly 1/3 of those diagnosed -- have to cope with ADHD for a lifetime. 

 The new study also found that 57% of children with ADHD expressed one or more psychiatric disorder as adults -- including substance abuse, anxiety, and depression -- and were slightly more likely to be incarcerated and/ or commit suicide or as adults.

People with ADHD have difficulty organizing and meeting deadlines and can struggle academically.

Dr. Mary Solanto, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York:  "Those things will take a toll on a child's self-esteem... and their motivation. These are the kinds of things that can carry forward into adulthood."


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