Hard facts: The study notes that many of the adults who had ADHD as children experienced considerable obstacles across a many areas of societal development compared to the adults who didn't have the learning disability as children. Many of those in the study with ADHD experienced hardships in their schooling, social relationships, career goals, and in their overall economic situation, and some researchers have posited that their learning disability may be to blame.
Here are just some of the discoveries that researchers made as a result of the study:
- The adults who had ADHD as children earned significantly less than the adults who never suffered from ADHD. The study estimates that the adults without ADHD earned almost $40,000 more on average than those who did have the learning disability.
- The adults in the group that didn't suffer from ADHD as children as had more schooling on average than those who had ADHD. The study states that adults with ADHD had an average of two and half years less schooling than those without ADHD-that's more than an associate's degree worth of education.
- Adults with ADHD also had higher rates of substance abuse issues as well as issues with antisocial behavior. Addressing ADHD early and effectively: Though the numbers from this particular study appear to paint a bleak picture for people who had ADHD, it shouldn't discourage people who have the learning disability. If anything, the study points to the necessity of properly addressing and treating ADHD as the real disability that it is. ADHD shouldn't be disregarded as a mere disorder that promotes hyperactivity in children; this study proves that at least that much.
While there is no one silver bullet that can magically ameliorate the symptoms of ADHD, there are a number of steps that parents and young people can take to mitigate the effects of the disorder. For example, WebMD mentions a few helpful forms of treatment:
- Limiting the expression of problematic symptoms through medication(though medication may not be the answer for everyone suffering from the disability).
- Informative and earnest education and advocacy about ADHD to both parents and children who're affected by the disability.
- Cognitive and behavioral therapies aimed at helping patients develop healthy mechanisms and strategies against dysfunctional behavior sometimes spurred on by ADHD.
- Keeping educators in the loop on a child's learning disabilities so they can develop teaching methods that help that child grow intellectually.
What do you have to say about this new ADHD study and about the learning disability in general? I'd love to hear your feedback!
Nancy Wood writes about higher education, healthcare, and student life for a number of education-based publications and websites, including onlinecollegeclasses.com. When she's not covering the headlines in her target industries, Nancy is likely out on the running trails or working on her short fiction. Feel free to send some comments her way at firstname.lastname@example.org!