ADHD Can Emerge in Young Adulthood

While it was previously believed that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) solely affected children, subsequent research determined that an estimated 50% of people with the disorder continue to have impairing symptoms in adulthood, and another 15% continue to meet the full criteria for ADHD diagnosis. New findings published in JAMA Psychiatry indicate that for some people, the disorder may not emerge until young adulthood.

Researchers at King’s College London, the University of São Paulo Medical School, and Duke University conducted a prospective, developmental study to investigate the persistence of ADHD from childhood to adulthood in a general population cohort. They also explored risk factors, outcomes, and differences between groups of participants with varying ages of ADHD onset. The sample consisted of 2040 participants selected from a birth register of same-sex twins born in England and Wales who were members of the Environmental Risk (ERisk) Longitudinal Twin Study

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