ADHD Not Just a Problem for Kids - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/14/08

ADHD Not Just a Problem for Kids

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a disorder usually associated with children.  However, it actually affects millions of adults and can take a toll on daily activities such as work.  There is an estimated nine-million adults in the U.S. with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and most go undiagnosed and untreated.  The disorder can have a negative impact on daily life. 

Psychiatrist Dr. Len Adler says, "On the average, ADHD adults had 22 days of time out of role per year.  The out of role corresponds to time that you are not doing your responsibilities.  Individuals with adult ADHD are twice as likely to use substances, twice as likely to smoke cigarettes, more likely to be unemployed or underemployed, also more likely to be divorced or separated".

Now, a recent international study by the World Health Organization found that untreated adults with the disorder are less productive at work.

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