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Research Shows that Childhood ADHD Often Becomes Adult ADHD

March 6, 2013|ADHD

New, well-conducted research confirms earlier findings: Childhood ADHD persists into adulthood for many. For those with adult ADHD, this is not news.

ADHD symptoms in adulthood can cause marked difficulties in the workplace, relationships and daily life. As such, it is important that adults who suspect that they have ADHD pursue appropriate diagnostic testing and treatments. At CPA, we rely on comprehensive neuropsychological testing and evaluation to diagnose ADHD.

Excerpt from Forbes article on new research:

Yesterday, a nicely executed study came out showing that ADHD persists into adulthood for about 30% of people who have it as kids. Not only does it persist, but regardless of whether it followed them into adulthood, people who suffered from it as children had a greater risk of other mental health issues, like anxiety, depression, antisocial personality disorder, substance abuse, and possibly even suicide. The risk of having a psychiatric disorder as an adult was, of course, much higher if ADHD persisted into that stage of life.

These connections aren’t exactly news: Other studies have arrived at similar results, but they’ve varied so greatly in the methods they used and the connections they found that it’s been hard to know the actual rates and risks of comorbidities over the long-term. So, the fact that the new study, done by researchers at Mayo Clinic and Boston Children’s Hospital, used more reliable means (it was a large-scale, prospective study that followed kids into adulthood and quizzed them about their psychiatric health then and there) to arrive at the findings mentioned above is a boon to ADHD research. Child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists have been pretty well aware of the connection for years, but it’s good to have a well-designed study support it strongly.

via Time To Pay Attention: What The Newest ADHD Research Is Telling Us – Forbes.

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