ADHD Persists into Adulthood

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Registered: 11-13-2008
ADHD Persists into Adulthood
Wed, 03-13-2013 - 5:24pm

News such as the following is disheartening :(  

Researchers found that of the 232 young adults in the study who had childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, 29 percent still had it at an average age of 27. What's more, 57 percent had at least one other mental health issue, such as alcohol abuse, depression or chronic anxiety.

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On the other side, I think it stresses how important early intervention is with the disorder.  The article does say that the majority that abuse drugs are those that went undiagnosed.  As a parent though, still very scary!  I guess all we can do is to continue to support our son and help him as he grows into adulthood.

How do you feel about this study?  Are you concerned about how your child will adapt as an adult with ADHD?  

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Registered: 12-28-2003
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 10:48pm

Yes and no.... I'm concerned I think more about other behavioral, social, mental health long term issues he could end up with.  Just based on his behavioral issues and lack or remorse.  Even though he's almost 10, and has ADHD, ODD most likely and a developmental delay, he does know right from wrong and can tell you it, but often will act impulsive almost without thinking.  Has "happy hands" at times as well call them and also what I'm calling a "peter and the wolf" syndrome

he had a school performance last night, did very well, although definitely a little over active but it was 7pm.  but apparently afterwards, there was a minor altercation between him and another boy.  Today the principal found out and both boys were suspended for the day.  Lots of fun getting that call at work.  I've only been with my drop a few months.  and had to leave early for that

He's also starting to notice girls apparently


single mom to internationally adoptive son, age 9years (almost 10), adopted age 2.5months from country of georgia

Single mom to an internationally adopted son, age 9 3/4; adopted at age 2.5 months from country of Georgia; diagnosed with ADHD, ODD and developmental delay issues