A study suggests that parents of kids with AD/HD often suffer from a chronic psychiatric disorder, in addition to AD/HD.
by ADDitude Editors
It's no secret that parents of kids with AD/HD often have the disorder themselves. But a recent study suggests they may have more than just AD/HD.
The University of California at Los Angeles study involved 435 parents of AD/HD children. Among parents who also had AD/HD, 87 percent had at least one additional chronic psychiatric disorder. Fifty-six percent had at least two additional disorders. In addition, the parents with AD/HD were more likely to suffer from depression and substance abuse, and were less likely to have a college degree.
The study was published in the September 2005 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.