Mon Mar 4, 2013 7:14pm EST
(Reuters) – Nearly a third of people diagnosed as children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) still have the condition in adulthood, according to a U.S. study of thousands.
The researchers, whose findings appeared in Pediatrics, also found that these people were more likely to develop other mental disorders, such as anxiety or depression, and commit suicide.
Lead by William Barbaresi from Boston Children’s Hospital, they found that about 29 percent of participants in the study who were diagnosed with ADHD as children ended up carrying that diagnosis over into their late twenties.
“They still clearly had symptoms that continued to be consistent with that diagnosis,” said Barbaresi. “But that in itself has been an area of difficulty and controversy.”
ADHD, the most common neuro-developmental condition, affects between 3 percent and 7 percent of U.S. school children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s more common in boys than in girls.
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