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ADHD in Teens (cont.)

ADHD in Teens: Complications, Prevention, and Prognosis

There are many possible complications associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For example, people with ADHD have more academic risks and behavior problems like discipline problems, failing a grade, truancy, being expelled, dropping out, and not advancing to college. Teens with this disorder may have more accidents, both driving and otherwise. Particularly when untreated, people with ADHD are at risk for having trouble functioning at work, in relationships, and in society in general. Teens with the condition are also more likely to experience involvement with the juvenile justice system.

ADHD in Teens Prevention

As environmental and social insults like maternal drug use and medical and emotional issues are risk factors for developing ADHD, prevention or treatment of those issues can help prevent ADHD. Also, early treatment of people with ADHD can decrease the impact of the condition on the person's life as they move into adulthood.

ADHD in Teens Prognosis

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can have a significant effect on the mood, behavior, relationships, school, work, and other aspects of the lives of those who have it. For example, people with ADHD are more likely to experience a depressive illness than those without it. On a positive note, research indicates that when treated during childhood or adolescence rather than waiting until adulthood, individuals with ADHD tend to develop other psychiatric conditions less often than adults who do not receive treatment until adulthood.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/26/2014

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