Symptoms of ADHD experienced in one’s youth often don’t just disappear with age. Addressing the condition early on is likely to yield the best chance for treatment says a study originating from the New York University School of Medicine.
ADHD in teens can mean many life adjustments as these individuals enter adulthood. In an article found at PsychCentral, Dr. David W. Brook, researcher and psychiatry professor at New York University School of Medicine, says that the presence of ADHD in one’s youth is often tied to hardships in life skills such as finding and maintaining employment, being a parent, and managing finances.
The study sought to get a better understanding of the long-term impact of the disorder on functioning as adolescents transitioned into adulthood. More than 550 teens with an average age of 15 were surveyed till they reached the age of 37.
Researchers found that ADHD originating in the adolescent years was associated with approximately twice the risk of developing physical and mental problems as compared to teens without ADHD. It also significantly elevated the risk of having an antisocial personality disorder, and increased the chances that these young adults would experience problems at work and handling finances.
Data from CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, shows that of teens with the diagnosis, up to 40 percent experience lasting effects, which persist into adulthood. But according to Dr. Brook, ripple effects from adolescent ADHD may be minimized though the formation of a close-knit, parent-child bond. A discouraged teen who is tempted to stop putting forth an effort at school because of poor grades, for instance, may reconsider if the parent places an emphasis on simply trying and doing his or her personal best.
Dr. Ruth Hughes, CHADD’s CEO, stresses the importance of early involvement when it comes to young adults with ADHD. If you suspect your child has ADHD, it may be time to reach out to Family Guidance Center. With accurate diagnosis and treatment, healthy coping skills can be learned to manage the symptoms of the disorder. Contact Family Guidance Center to learn more about assessments for ADHD and other mental health problems.