Kids with ADHD More Likely to Develop Substance Abuse in Adulthood
According to the researchers from the University of South Carolina and UCLA, children with ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are twice or thrice more likely to develop substance abuse on adulthood than children without ADHD. This risk applies to boys as well as girls across ethnicity and race. The substance abuse includes alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, marijuana and the other drugs.
Steve S. Lee, assistant professor Psychology and the lead author of the study, and his colleagues, analysed about 27 long-term studies that observed about 4,100 children with ADHD and 6,800 kids without ADHD. The researchers found that the kids with ADHD were at a greater risk of developing addiction and substance abuse.
The study is of great importance as ADHD affects about 10% American children. Parents should closely monitor the kids with ADHD. Prompt intervention by a mental health professional can prove to be beneficial. The study is published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review (Online)