30% of Children Diagnosed with ADHD Battle it into Adulthood

A new study finds about 30% of children diagnosed with ADHD battle it into adulthood and may develop another psychiatric disorder when they're older.

"This study showed that about a third of the cohort of individuals, who were diagnosed with adhd when they were little, showed persisting problems in adulthood. But that means that about 2/3 of these adults adapted. Didn't show persisting symptoms," said Mike Manos, Ph.D. with Cleveland Clinic.

Boston Children's Hospital researchers evaluated 232 adults who were diagnosed with ADHD as children.

68 of them, or 29%, met the criteria for adult ADHD at age 27, but nearly 60% of adults with childhood ADHD had another psychiatric disorder in adulthood.

Researchers say kids with ADHD may also be at higher risk for suicide later in life, which is why they say ADHD should be treated as a major health condition with lifelong implications- not just in childhood, but Dr. Manos says she we should accentuate the positive.

"It would be fascinating and necessary now, to take a look at the cohort that adapted and find out what is it that they did that made their symptoms non-persistent? That made their symptoms non-problematic. That made them successful as adults," said Manos.

Complete findings for this study are in the journal "Pediatrics."


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