Does ADHD Last Into Adulthood?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: A recent study found that ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) in childhood can linger into adulthood for many and can be linked to an increased risk for a wide range of psychiatric disorders.
Air Date: 3/20/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. William Barbaresi, MD
Barbaresi PhotoDr. Barbaresi is the Wade Family Foundation Chair in Developmental Medicine, Director of the Developmental Medicine Center and Associate Chief of the Division of Developmental Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston. He is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.He was formerly Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Chair of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Mayo Clinic and Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic Dana Child Development and Learning Disorders Program. Dr. Barbaresi's clinical practice includes children with developmental delays, mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities, and behavior problems.

Dr. Barbaresi is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics, and past Chair of the Sub-Board for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Barbaresi's research has included studies of the epidemiology of learning disorders, AD/HD and autism. He is currently the principal investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health funded study of long-term outcomes for children with AD/HD, as well as the genomics of AD/HD.
Does ADHD Last Into Adulthood?
Almost a third of kids diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder during childhood still had it as adults, and more than half also had another psychiatric disorder, finds one of the largest studies to follow children with ADHD into adulthood.

This study followed children diagnosed with ADHD and  found nearly that 30 percent of them continued to have ADHD at age 27, and more than half had another psychiatric disorder.
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