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.
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.>>
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.
<<...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