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Is ADHD a life-long condition?

Is ADHD a life-long condition? 

Is ADHD a life-long condition?  Experts on ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder now say yes.  Children who have problem focusing, being overactive and/or unable to control their behavior are diagnosed ADHD.

adhdIt is currently believed that these children will continue to have ADHD into adulthood.   According to 2011 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 11 percent of children in the US between the ages of 3 and 17 have ADHD.  Furthermore, among these children approximately 30 percent will continue to have ADHD into their adult years reports  a 2013 study.  Over 30 percent more will continue to exhibit related symptoms and disabilities.

Psychiatrist and researcher J.J. Sandra Kooij of the Program and Expertise Center, The Hague, Netherlands, reported: “We tend to think that ADHD is a lifetime condition.  You don’t outgrow it.”  She adds that adults with ADHD do well when married to spouses who share responsibilities and organizational duties.  Kooij also notes that ADHD adults who hold jobs other than desk jobs also do better.

Experts also suggest that the condition can evolve.  Sometimes behaviors such as hyperactivity can decline or even metamorphose into a behavior that might be considered more “socially acceptable”.  Someone who once just couldn’t sit still in school might grow up to be an adult that simply cannot stop clicking a ballpoint pen.

Apparently research on this subject can be challenging times as adults are sometimes able to conceal their disability.  Sometimes an ADHD child grows up to become an office worker who still manages to complete his work on time. What Dr. David Goodman of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine points out, however, is that the employee was up until the early hours of the morning to complete the project.

On a related note, experts such as Benedetto Vitiello of the National Institute of Mental Health note that medication levels may be changed as the ADHD patient grows older.  In fact, some ADHD sufferers may very well mature and be able to find other ways to deal with their symptoms without relying on any medication.  Fortunately for those who could be on medication for the rest of their lives Vitiello states: “(W)e haven’t really found any adverse effect of long-term use.”

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W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.
  • Dmgdriver

    I was diagnosed as ADHD way before it was given the name. The science of diagnosis and treatment has changed dramatically. My diagnosis involved motor skill tests, eeg’s and much more. It was once believed when a person hit puberty, the condition went away, and ALL treatment stopped. Since then I have been diagnosed as an ADHD adult, and was treated again, however, due to insurance lapses I am no longer under treatment. I have found ways to counter act the condition, Patterning, avoiding repetitious jobs,and… Oh look a birdy!!!

    • Will Phoenix

      Thanks Dmgdriver! I really appreciate you going to the trouble to repost that comment here on the article! I think it brings the story home, ya know? Oh! As always, thanks for reading my stuff!