Study shows association between brain injuries and ADHD

According to a new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, there is a strong association between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The research could lead to better ADHD screening techniques in West Virginia and nationwide.

ADHD is a chronic behavioral disorder that typically begins in childhood and may continue into adulthood. Classic symptoms include difficulty concentrating and impulsive behavior. Approximately 6.4 million American children ages 4 through 17 were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also reports that about 2.5 million individuals suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010.

Previous research has shown a link between TBI and ADHD in children, and researchers in Ontario, Canada, wanted to determine if there is a similar association between the two conditions in adults. To that end, the authors of the study examined the results of a phone survey conducted with Ontario adults in 2011 and 2012. The results showed that 5.9 percent of adults who suffered TBI had also been previously diagnosed with ADHD. Another 6.6 percent screened positive for ADHD when they took part in a self-reported test offered during the phone survey. The researchers said more studies need to be done to understand the link between ADHD and TBI. In the meantime, they believe it may be helpful to assess TBI history when screening for ADHD in adults.

West Virginia residents who suffer a traumatic brain injury may suffer a lifetime of medical and behavioral complications. If the injury was caused due to the negligent actions of another party, it may be helpful to consult with an attorney about all available legal options for the recovery of damages.

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