ADHD diagnosis as a risk factor for early accidental death

A large, longitudinal study from Denmark, reported by the CBC, suggests that the key symptoms of ADHD are associated with premature death.  The authors argue for earlier diagnosis and treatment.  Canadian sources seem to disagree, however, citing the “radical over-diagnosis” of psychiatric disorders and accompanying prescriptions of psychotropic drugs.  What are your thoughts?

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1 Response to “ADHD diagnosis as a risk factor for early accidental death”


  1. 1 Joseph Snyder February 26, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Even if ADHD diagnosis as a risk factor for early accidental death is a robust finding, wouldn’t we need evidence that managed/treated ADHD was related to lower rates of early accidental death before advocating more and earlier diagnoses leading to treatment?


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