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Last updated: Aug 20, 2021
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Only 10% of children with ADHD will outgrow it

Many kids continue to have ADHD symptoms as adults

A new study followed a group of 558 children with ADHD for 16 years (from age 8 to 25) and assessed them every two years to determine whether they still had symptoms of ADHD while getting older. ADHD is a behavioral condition that makes focusing on everyday requests and routines challenging.

It is typically first detected in childhood, and researchers used to think that it persists into adulthood in approximately 50% of the cases. Contrary to those beliefs, the new study found that just 10% of children outgrow the condition, meaning 90% still struggle with at least mild symptoms as adults. 

Signs of ADHD can change through the years. Adults with the condition may struggle with inattention, impulsivity, and disorganization but will not be as hyperactive as a child with ADHD. Adults with ADHD may struggle to cope with work challenges or family and relationship difficulties.

References

  1. Sibley, M., Arnold, E. (2021). Variable patterns of remission from ADHD in the multimodal treatment study of ADHD. American Journal of Psychiatry. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2021.21010032. Retrieved from: https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2021.21010032