Childhood abuse linked to adult ADHD

Children who are abused are more likely to suffer from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) as adults, new research shows.

The study found 30% of adults with ADHD/ADD had been abused before turning 18, compared to 7% of adults without the condition.

Esme Fuller-Thomson and a team of researchers analysed 13,000 adults aged over 18 who took part in a Canadian health survey.

Researchers said they were still unaware of the type of association that existed – whether ADHD/ADD in children caused parental abuse or whether it was the abuse that caused or exacerbated the condition.

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