Childhood ADHD and adult psychiatric problems

A new study from the Mayo Clinic, published in the April issue of Pediatrics and reported in USA Today looked at adult outcomes for a large population of individuals diagnosed with ADHD in childhood.  Remarkably, a number of them did not have symptoms in adulthood, but those who did also had a number of serious social and psychological problems.  the question asked is what makes the difference in those who “outgrow” the ADHD and those who don’t.  Could it be that ADHD is, in many cases, a symptom of more serious disorders rather than a disorder in and of itself?

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