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ADHD Risk Factors

Learn the risk factors for ADHD from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.

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So, parents should understand that if your child is diagnosed with ADHD, it is very treatable. Oftentimes, it’s treatable through behavioral strategies. However, it’s important to recognize that if your child does have ADHD, if their symptoms aren’t prevalent, they can often manage for quite a while. However, if ADHD is untreated, then the risk factors become high. Children with untreated ADHD are at much higher risk for learning difficulties, and subsequently, with learning difficulties, they may have low self-esteem, they may become mood-impaired, they may develop anxiety. Oftentimes, children with ADHD, symptoms will follow them through high school, and definitely through adulthood. It impacts their higher level educational performance, it impacts relationships, it makes it very difficult to get a job. Even greater, ADHD untreated is often a precursor to substance abuse issues and other high risk behaviors that make life very difficult, and can lead to bigger and bigger, more significant, clinical disorders. Please keep in mind that treatment for ADHD is necessary so that you’re not at greater risk for far more significant clinical disorders. And those are some of the risk factors of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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