“How ADHD Shortens Life Expectancy: What Parents and Doctors Need to Know” [podcast episode #244]
ADHD may lead to social, academic, & organizational challenges — but did you know that the disorder’s increased health risks may shorten longevity? Russell Barkley, Ph.D., discusses why ADHD is not just a mental health disorder, but a public health disorder.
Listen to “How ADHD Shortens Life Expectancy: What Parents and Doctors Need to Know” with Russell Barkley, Ph.D.
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Most parents raising a child with ADHD know that the disorder may lead to poor performance in school, failed friendships, and rampant disorganization. However, very few parents and clinicians know that ADHD predisposes children and young adults to increased health and medical risks that may shorten their life expectancy. ADHD behaviors and personality traits like impulsivity, poor emotional control, and sensory- or risk-seeking behaviors may result in health problems and premature death.
Research shows that that most effective way to reverse this disturbing trend is early diagnosis and treatment of ADHD with medication and evidence-based psychosocial treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy.
- “This was very informative and it would be great to see more webinars like this.”
- “Dr. Barkley, thank you!
Being recently diagnosed at the age of 37 with ADHD inattentive type, much of my life makes a lot more sense. I’ve shown a number of your presentations to my wife and they have been immensely helpful to our relationship.”
- “It would be so wonderful & beneficial to have Dr. Russell Barkley, Ph.D., come back to give us more of his insightful wisdom and valued experience in the field of ADHD and its co-morbid conditions.”
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This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on January 29, 2019.
Russell Barkley, Ph.D., is a member of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.
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Updated on July 15, 2021