According to an article on BostonGlobe.com that cites a study led by Boston Children’s Hospital, about 30 percent of adults that had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as children still have symptoms as an adult. The researchers looked at hundreds of adults they studied when they were children and found that many of them had any number of problems, such as alcohol or drug dependency, depression or personality disorders.
Other research says of the estimated eight million adults in the United States that have ADHD, 75 percent of them are going untreated. There is no need for this, Bart Rubin PhD says, since many adults can still find help for their ADHD.
One woman interviewed by BostonGlobe.com said when her child finally started going to school, she found herself sitting at home with a lot of time on her hands. She wanted to paint one room and work on another, but could never get herself to focus on just one task and couldn’t finish anything she started. She had trouble keeping herself in the house and would find reasons to get out. Then, when she was 45, she was diagnosed for the first time with ADHD.
Bart Rubin PhD notes that ADHD affects one’s mental and physical activity. It can also affect their relationships in the workplace and at home. It is important to talk with doctors to find a way to manage the ADHD. Bart Rubin PhD works with an entire team to help his patients find success in both their personal and professional lives despite their ADHD diagnoses.
Dr. Craig Surman co-wrote a book on ADHD and says that when looking for reasons why adults suffer from anxiety and depression, one of the biggest reasons is ADHD. His coauthor says ADHD does not just show up in adulthood, however, since it is passed down genetically. He says the disease is more inheritable than even breast cancer or asthma.
The study from Boston Children’s Hospital looked at more than 300 adults ADHD and compared them to their peers who did not have the issue. The ones that had ADHD were almost 90 percent more likely to die by age 27 because of an accident or suicide compared to their group of peers. Nearly 60 percent had some kind of mental health issue, while that only occurred in 35 percent of the peers.
Bart Rubin PhD specializes in family and couples’ therapy at the Bay Area Center for ADHD, a specialty clinic within the San Francisco Institute for Advancement of Psychotherapy. He also sees clients in his private practice in Berkeley and Kentfield.