Behavior & Discipline

High-Risk Behaviors for Children with ADHD: Is This Normal?

Children and adults with ADHD engage in high risk behavior like drugs, sex, or brushes with the law, leaving parents to wonder if their behavior is normal.

These behaviors are fairly common. ADHD is associated with a number of risk factors. Compared to their peers of the same age, kids with ADHD whose condition is untreated experience more: 1) accidents, hospitalizations, and significantly higher medical costs; 2) school failure and dropout; 3) delinquency and altercations with the law; 4) engagement in antisocial activities; 5) teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; 6) social and emotional troubles.