A new study finds that about one-third of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder continue to battle it into adulthood. And more than half of all kids with ADHD could develop another psychiatric disorder when they're older.
In addition, researchers say kids with ADHD may also be at higher risk for suicide later in life, which is why some doctors now advise that ADHD be treated as a major health condition with lifelong implications, not just in childhood. Still, some say it's important to accentuate the positive--that roughly two-thirds of children diagnosed with ADHD no longer exhibit signs of the disorder by the time they reach their late 20s.
"It would be fascinating and necessary now, to take a look at the cohort that adapted and find out what is it that they did that made their symptoms non-persistent? That made their symptoms non-problematic. That made them successful as adults,” Pediatric psychologist Mike Manos said.
Complete findings for this study can be found in the medical journal, "Pediatrics."