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ADHD, Criminal Behavior and Academic Performance -4ADHD

By Staff Writer

Having ADHD as a child increases the chances of a number of struggles that continue into adulthood, including educational issues. The symptoms of ADHD – inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness – make it more difficult for children to learn and enjoy their school experience. This, in turn, makes it harder for children with ADHD to develop healthy self-esteem and motivation to succeed.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have discovered that having ADHD often results in lower reading achievement scores, greater absenteeism, and an increased chance of being held back in school or dropping out. As a result of these and other challenges, some kids with ADHD will struggle with academic problems, behavioral issues, or drug and alcohol use.

A New Concern: ADHD Linked to Criminal Behavior

Educational setbacks aren’t the only concern when a child is diagnosed with ADHD. A recent study of more than 10,000 adolescents now suggests another concern: a link between ADHD and criminal activity later in life. The study, published in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, found that young people with ADHD were twice as likely to commit theft later in life and 50 percent more likely to sell drugs.

"While much research has shown links between ADHD and short-term educational outcomes, this research suggests significant longer-term consequences in other domains, such as criminal activities," lead author Jason Fletcher, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Public Health, said in a news release.

How to Help Your ADHD Child

Although children and teens with ADHD are more likely to struggle in school and later in life, there are a number of things parents can do to help their children succeed. Getting to know your child’s teachers and other school personnel, educating yourself about attention deficit disorders and your child’s rights, joining a support group for ADHD families, and helping your child control their symptoms with medication and/or behavior management techniques will minimize the chance that your child will struggle in school and beyond.

Of course, sometimes these steps alone won’t be enough. In these situations, it takes courage to admit when you need help. Many parents have found the right blend of compassion, expertise, positive reinforcement and one-on-one attention in camps for kids with ADHD and special ADHD schools. The staff at these ADHD programs knows how to teach organizational and learning skills and help your child reach their full potential. When a child with ADHD achieves success in school, the confidence and belonging they feel will take them far into a successful adulthood.


 

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