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ADHD Linked to Serious Motor Vehicle Accidents

Multi-Car S-Curve Accident Grand Rapids 10-12-13Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the more common mental illnesses diagnosed in childhood. Mental health professionals used to think that children with ADHD outgrew the disorder during the teen years, but it is now clear that many people with childhood ADHD will continue to experience symptoms throughout adolescence and into adulthood.

Adults with ADHD are likely to experience problems in school or at work, in social and family roles, and even in leisure activities. They typically struggle with planning ahead and staying organized, remembering appointments, and paying attention during boring tasks.

Many adults with ADHD also report having more traffic accidents than others without the disorder. A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry provides more evidence of the link between ADHD and traffic accidents.

The study, conducted in Sweden, found that adults with ADHD are at increased risk for being involved in serious motor vehicle accidents. In fact, adults with ADHD had a 50% greater chance of serious accidents. The study also showed that men were approximately 58% less likely to be involved in an accident while taking medication for ADHD.

For adults who think that they might have ADHD, obtaining an accurate diagnosis is the first step. The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic offers affordable ADHD evaluations for adults in the Hattiesburg area.

ADDitude offers some additional suggestions for improving road safety for adolescents and adults with ADHD.