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Can you have a successful life with ADHD?

ADHD, like anything else, presents challenges, but among the unique characteristics of ADHD, there are both positive and negative traits. These traits provide benefits, resources, skills and strategies you can use to overcome those challenges.Bio: Duane Gordon is the President of Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA). Gordon lives in Montreal, Canada. An adult with ADHD, Gordon has been a passionate advocate in the ADHD community for over 25 years.

Why are there so many people with ADHD in the prison population?

Imagine being misunderstood for your whole life, only popular when you’re silly, totally disenfranchised with school, out of work, you find drinking to excess, or taking illegal drugs make you feel ‘normal’ and you find you can do “normal things.” You are now starting to figure out why so many people with ADHD are in prison.

What are the long-term health implications of ADHD?

ADHD negatively impacts numerous domains of health, wellness, and adverse medical conditions, and general life expectancy. These risks are likely to be reduced or mitigated by early and sustained interventions including medications and evidence-based psychosocial treatments.

What other diagnoses are seen with ADHD?

ADHD goes along with other diagnoses over the life span. In childhood, oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder are e.g. frequently occurring with ADHD. In adulthood, mood and anxiety disorders, but also substance use disorders are found most often.