ADHD and comorbid conditions
Over 80% of those diagnosed with ADHD will have a co-morbid condition. The following comorbid conditions are four times more likely to occur during the lifetime of someone who has ADHD
- Up to 50% of those with ADHD will have Oppositional Defiance Disorder
- 60% + are affected by Sleep Disorders. It is very common for the circadian rhythm to be out of sync in those with ADHD, which will affect falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up, or a combination of all three.
- Learning disorders like Dyslexia, (up to 76%) Maths, (up to 30%) Written Expression, (65%) Reading Comprehension (52%).
- Anxiety is very common in those with ADHD. Anxiety (42%) and depression (up to 63%) often occur together.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (up to 33%) is another common anxiety disorder common in those with ADHD.
- Co-occurring alcohol abuse disorders ranging up to 45% and drug abuse or dependence ranging up to 30%.
- Mood disorders are common in those with ADHD (38%). This is manifest as persistent irritability and intense or disproportionate anger.
- Up to 40% of those with ADHD will have Hoarding Disorder.
- Up to 50% of those with ADHD exhibit autistic tendencies. 80% those with ASD have ADHD.
- Mood disorders, impulse disorders and any psychiatric disorder are up to 10 times higher in those with ADHD than in the general population.
From the above statistics it is easy to see how ADHD is linked genetically to other conditions. I have seen that the above conditions can also be more common in the ADHD individual’s family, sometimes occurring as traits that are can be clearly observed in family members.
Many people with ADHD who are only diagnosed late in life tend to have high IQs. They learn to cover over and manage their ADHD, until they reach crisis point.
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