Clinicians and researchers have long known that individuals with ADHD are more prone to engaging in risky behaviors such as smoking, gambling, substance abuse and unprotected sex. New studies show that adults with ADHD may engage in more risky behavior because of an exaggerated sense of benefit and a lessened ability to understand the consequences.
Learning Challenges are Over-represented in the Juvenile Justice System According to the National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice, more than 125,000 youth are in custody in nearly 3,500 … Read More
A new study released by Massachusettes General Hospital shows that girls taking stimulants to treat their ADHD are signficantly less at risk to start smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs … Read More
If you are attending college, you probably don’t realize that just a few short years ago gambling was not part of everyday American life. Today gambling is as common as alcohol in college life. There are gambling opportunities everywhere: Vegas vacations targeting the spring break crowd, state-run lottery tickets at every corner store, Native-run casinos just up the road, slot games can be joined from every computer, and dorm room card games are a Friday night ritual. Students with ADHD are especially at risk for developing a gambling addiction. In fact ADHD students have an even higher rate of problem gambling than other college students – as many as 19% (nearly 1 in 5) college students with ADHD have a problem with gambling.
It can be surprising to find out that people with ADHD are prone to obesity. Several key characteristics of ADHD can contribute to the development of an eating disorder. In this post, we talk with Dr. Dukarm about the links between ADHD and eating disorders. She is the founder and director of the Center for Eating Disorders, an outpatient treatment center that specializes in the overlap between disordered eating symptoms and attention problems.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has long been associated with poor grades, poor reading and math test scores, and being held back. But despite billions of dollars spent on special education programs, … Read More