Sobering statistics for UNTREATED ADDers

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Sobering statistics for UNTREATED ADDers
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Thu, 09-30-2010 - 8:09pm

I know I'm probably preaching to the choir for most of you here, but for those who think that their kids will "outgrow" their ADD, or that simply leaving them to "face the consequences of their actions" will be enough to stop the behaviors, here are some things to think about.

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This leads us to ask about the implications of those left untreated. According to statistics, 55% of those with untreated ADHD abuse drugs and alcohol, 35% never finish high school, 19% smoke cigarettes (compared to ten percent of the total population), 50% of prison inmates have ADHD and 43% of untreated hyperactive boys are arrested for a felony by age sixteen.>>
http://www.healthyplace.com/adhd/medications/are-adhd-drugs-addictive/menu-id-53/

It is well known that ADHD is a concern for parents and teachers of ADHD children and adolescents because their core difficulties in attention and concentration may lead to academic and behavior problems (Young & Brahmam, 2007). It also is a concern for the justice system (or should be) (Young & Gudjonsson, 2006). Court records indicate that ADHD youths are four to five times more likely to be arrested and to have multiple arrests and convictions (e.g. Mannuzza, Klein, Abikoff & Moulton, 2004).
The association between ADHD and antisocial behavior is not limited to school age children or adolescents. ADHD symptoms may be present not only during individuals’ formative years and adolescence but throughout their adult life. ADHD has been found among many adult offenders. Studies of prison populations in several countries (e.g. USA, Sweden, Canada and Norway) suggest that between 22% and 67% of inmates had childhood ADHD.
http://www.icpa.ca/forums/topic.php?s=&t=130

<<...offenders with ADHD were more likely than their counterparts without it to have antisocial personality disorder (54% vs. 30%), borderline personality disorder (52% vs. 23%), and several other mental health conditions (mood or anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, and somatoform disorders)>> http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb4345/is_1_37/ai_n31313553/

<<86% of prisoners qualified for a diagnosis of personality disorder, with a significant relationship seen between ADHD and personality disorders>> http://www.crimetimes.org/02b/w02bp1.htm

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Thu, 09-30-2010 - 10:45pm

So, what is the definition of "treated"?

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Thu, 09-30-2010 - 11:46pm

The opposite of "untreated".
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/american/untreated
1 receiving no medical treatment
2 in a natural state, and perhaps harmful

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/untreated?view=uk
1 (of a patient, disease, or other condition) not given medical care
2 not preserved, improved, or altered by the use of a chemical, physical, or biological agent

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/untreated?r=66
1. (of an illness, etc) not having been dealt with
2. not having been processed in any way

http://www.freedictionary.org/?Query=untreated
1. not given medical care or treatment
2. not subjected to chemical or physical treatment

I found 16 dictionaries with English definitions that include the word untreated. I don't think I need to list them all.

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Thu, 09-30-2010 - 11:59pm

I think untreated can mean anything from undiagnosed, to no treatment at all.



Some kids get meds, some counseling, some get both.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Wed, 10-06-2010 - 10:49pm

I have since had a chance to look through all the articles.