If your child has ADHD, will it go away when they grow up? Show Notes

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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If your child has ADHD, will it go away when they grow up?  Maybe not.

Nearly a third of people diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as kids still have the condition in adulthood.

Reuters reports on the new research, which appears in the journal Pediatrics.  The study also found that adults who diagnosed with ADHD as kids were more likely to develop other mental disorders, such as anxiety or depression, and also more likely to commit suicide.

Dr. William Barbaresi from Boston Children's Hospital was the lead researcher.  His team found that about 29 percent of the people in their study still had ADHD in their late 20’s.

Barbaresi says "They still clearly had symptoms that continued to be consistent with that diagnosis. But that in itself has been an area of difficulty and controversy.

ADHD affects between 3 percent and 7 percent of U.S. school children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's more common in boys than in girls.

Kids with ADHD tend to have a hard time paying attention, to be forgetful, and to fidget and be easily distracted.  This often creates problems for them at school, home and with their friends.

By the way, the researchers found that even those whose ADHD diagnosis did not persist into adulthood were still more likely to suffer from at least one psychiatric condition other than ADHD.  A majority of them suffered with such things as alcohol or substance abuse, anxiety or depression.

The study's authors warned that their findings may not apply to children across the United States because the study participants were from mostly white, middle-class families in one part of Minnesota.

For more information on ADHD in both children in adults, go to “chadd.org”

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.


 

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