Troubled Teen Options

Is ADD Dangerous?

Children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can have more frequent and severe injuries than peers without ADHD. Research indicates that children with ADHD are significantly more likely to be injured as pedestrians or while riding a bicycle, to receive head injuries, injure more than one part of the body, and be hospitalized for accidental poisoning. Children with ADHD may be admitted to intensive care units or have an injury result in disability more frequently than other children. Children with ADHD appear to have significantly higher medical costs than children without ADHD, or ADD. Health care costs for each child with ADHD may be more than twice as high as medical costs for children without ADHD. ADD and ADHD can be very difficult for both the child suffering and the parent trying to help them. The inability to stay focused can create serious problems later in life. Adult ADD and Adult ADHD are also problematic for those suffering from them. With proper medication an ADD or ADHD sufferer can live a fairly normal life.