ADHD and Chronic Pain

A number of studies over the past several years have suggested that certain types of chronic pain and ADHD may be highly correlated. The good news is there is some indication that medications and cognitive behavioral therapy used as part of an ADHD treatment plan may also provide relief for chronic pain symptoms.

The Hidden Costs of ADHD

Recent research conducted at Florida International University has estimated that on average, families of kids with ADHD spent $15,036 per child—not including medication or therapy—and families of kids without ADHD spent $2,848 over the course of a child’s development. The study aims to alert parents to the importance of early diagnosis and treatment to help reduce the impact on the family.

Adults with Persistent ADHD May Be at Higher Risk for Car Accidents

Many studies have confirmed that teen drivers with ADHD are at greater risk for being involved in an accident, getting ticketed for a traffic violation, or having their driver’s license suspended. A new study, conducted by Arunima Roy, PhD, of the University of Ottawa’s Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research in Ontario, has found that individuals whose childhood ADHD persists into adulthood also appear to be at increased risk for motor vehicle crashes.

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