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Adult ADHD and Risk Taking

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.

Problem Gambling, College and ADHD

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.

ADHD, Obesity and Eating Disorders

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.

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