ADHD WORSENS IN ADULTHOOD

When a person thinks of someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or more widely known as ADHD, usually that person would automatically conjure the visuals of a toddler or primary school boy. ADHD is usually overlooked as a passing and annoying childhood learning disorder but actually creates a lasting impact to the child. Recent analysis released this March 4 revealed that the neurobehavioral deficiency does not die away and even worsens when the child grows up and enters adulthood.

 Researchers found that only less than four percent of the adults who are diagnosed with ADHD are without any other psychiatric disorders. The remaining ninety-six percent may be also prone to drug and alcohol dependence and addiction, particularly in the late stages of their twenties. People with ADHD when entering adulthood have higher risks of having their issues multiplied with committing suicide as the most alarming, as the new study published in Pediatrics. Statistics showed that the adults who would have ADHD at childhood, fifty-seven percent had a minimum of one or two psychiatric disorder, compared to the thirty-five percentage of the controls. Under a percentage of two died; of the seven deaths, three were marked as having committed suicide. Of the controls, less than a percentage of one had died. Out of those thirty-seven deaths, five were from suicide and two percent were incarcerated at the time of the recruitment for the study.

 Nathan Blum, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician from Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia states “I think there has been a view that ADHD is a childhood disorder, and it’s only relatively recently that people have been trained to detect it in adults.”

 “It’s deeply concerning and indicative of the nature and severity of the condition. ADHD tends to be trivialized still. These statistics are a direct indicator of why we have to pay attention to it and its associated conditions,” author of the study Doctor Williams Barbaresi of Boston’s Children Hospital said. While the facts found were very alarming, Barbaresi wishes that the revelations will help people create a new perspective on how they view and handle people around them who has ADHD. “We typically cannot get approval to do in-depth psychological assessment at the time of diagnosis for ADHD. So even though we know such a high percentage of these kids will have one or both of these problems, the system make it so we cannot evaluate these issues until they’re apparent and have caused significant adverse impact.”

 Seven percent of all children get ADHD. According to the study, every child in Rochester born between the years of 1976 to 1982, whose families consented to access medical data, 367 out of the 5,718 were diagnosed with the disorder.

 The authors believe that the outcomes will be more troubling in a society with more diverse social and racial settings compared to the results found at Rochester – where the population is white and middle class in majority. Analysis of data is still ongoing and will be reported in due time.

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