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Prognosis for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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What is the prognosis of a child with ADHD? How about in Adulthood?

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This solution explains the prognosis a child and adult with ADHD, including the duration, chances of complications, probable outcomes and prospects for recovery. It includes 15 sources and several links for further research.

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The 'prognosis' of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder usually refers to the likely outcome of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The prognosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may include the duration of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, chances of complications of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable. (Source: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/a/attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder/prognosis.htm)

There is no "cure" for ADHD. Children with the disorder seldom outgrow it; however, some may find adaptive ways to accommodate the ADHD as they mature. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Information Page: NINDS) ... Even though most people don't outgrow ADHD, people do learn to adapt and live fulfilling lives. (Source: excerpt from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: NIMH)

Children with AD/HD are "at-risk" for potentially serious problems and complications: academic underachievement, school failure, difficulty getting along with peers, and problems dealing with authority. 2 Furthermore, up to 67 percent of children will continue to experience symptoms of AD/HD in adulthood.13 However, with early identification and treatment, children and adults can be successful. Studies show that children who receive adequate treatment for AD/HD have fewer problems with school, peers and substance abuse, and show improved overall functioning, compared to those who do not receive treatment.2, 6, 14

In adulthood, roughly one third of individuals with AD/HD lead fairly normal lives while half still have symptoms that may interfere with their family relationships or ...

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