Adult ADHD may take a toll on the brain. Here’s what to know.

October 26, 2023
by Richard Sima
from The Washington Post

Adult ADHD is associated with a higher risk for dementia, but medications and lifestyle changes may lower risk.

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often misunderstood, and people who struggle with it are often viewed as quirky, disorganized, creative or forgetful. Many people go a lifetime without receiving a diagnosis or treatment.

Untreated ADHD is a risk factor for a number of challenges, including unsafe driving, substance abuse and a higher risk of early death, according to a growing body of research.

Now, new research is showing that adult ADHD may take a toll on the brain and is linked to a higher likelihood of developing dementia. A study published in JAMA Network Open reported that being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult is associated with a 2.77-fold increased risk of dementia.

Read the entire article at The Washington Post.


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