A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that of children who are diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms continue to persist into adulthood in about 30% of the children as adults. Of the children who had ADHD, they typically had a greater risk to be diagnosed with other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and antisocial personality disorder. Suicide and substance abuse is also a probability in their adult life.
“Nearly one-third of children with ADHD will continue to meet norm-referenced criteria for ADHD as adults, the majority will have at least one mental health problem in adulthood” according to the study. “Adults with childhood ADHD are at increased risk for death from suicide. ADHD persists into adulthood in 29.3% of childhood ADHD cases, and 56.9% have one or more psychiatric disorder other than ADHD”.
Forbes did an interview with Dr. John T. Walkup, MD, the Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He added a good summary of how many ADHD children sometimes experience a double whammy, not just by the disorder but by society especially their parents. A child with ADHD sometimes shows disruptive behavior and inattentiveness in the classroom or at home. Sometimes the inattentiveness can be caused by anxiety, so it is important to analyze what is causing the lack of attention.
Kids who truly do have attention problems, lack of emotion and behavior control can experience lifelong fall out. Many kids are “told they don’t behave…they don’t connect with parents, or peers; their social and academic status slips. They experience lots of failure over the years” says Dr. Walkup. He stresses how important it is for kids with ADHD to get treatment. Don’t let the child fall behind and not get adequate treatment. “These kids become demoralized and alienated if they don’t get good treatment. If you can relieve them of their burden, you will go a long way to improving their outlook and their behavior.”
If you think your child has ADHD or if their is a family history, it would be a good idea to get your child evaluated. The earlier the treatment, the better! Although it is never too late to get treatment. Don’t let the stigma of “counseling” not let your child get help.