ADHD Can Cause Lifelong Problems, Study Finds
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder that persists into adulthood may affect physical and mental health
If children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, continue to have the condition in adulthood, a new study suggests that they may face an array of physical and mental health issues.
The study, which spanned more than 30 years, found that people who had ADHD as teens and adults face a greater risk of stress, work problems, financial troubles, physical health issues and additional mental health issues, such as depression or antisocial personality disorder.
They also had difficulty in terms of work and experienced a great deal of financial stress. 82 percent higher odds of having impaired physical health. They were also more than twice as likely to have another mental health problem
The study included 551 children. Seventy-two of those children were diagnosed with ADHD in 1975 when they were between the ages of 14 and 16. The researchers followed up with the children as they grew, and the final of five outcome surveys was given at an average age of 37.
ADHD Study - US News and World Report