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ADHD plus medication reduces criminal activity

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common childhood disorders with an estimated 4.1% of adults in the United States ages 18 to 44 suffering from this condition. ADHD is also likely to continue into adulthood even with proper medication and medical care. Individuals with this condition can experience difficulty paying attention, controlling their behavior and hyperactivity.

There are a variety of treatments for the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but there is currently no cure. Most medical specialist agree, however, that with the right support and treatment there is no reason that individuals cannot lead productive lives.

Treatment has become more important than ever with the release of new information from a study in the New England Journal of Medicine which suggests that individuals who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and who do not take the appropriate medications are more likely to commit crimes or the inverse, with proper treatment individuals are less likely to commit crimes.

According to Paul Lichtenstein of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, lead author of the study, they found that the same pattern occurred regardless of the type of crime, including violent behavior. Scientists noted that the study was specific to Sweden, and they caution that making similar generalizations for America should be done “with caution.”

Why do scientists think that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) sufferers who follow the proper treatment commit less crime? Because taking medication helps individuals control their irritability, restlessness and impulsivity. All of this may allow individuals to avoid their common impulsive urges.

Lichtenstein also suggests that if an individual has been given medication for their condition it is important to continue their treatment. Additionally, Lichtenstein believes that there could be many individuals who are currently incarcerated who could benefit from treatment, if appropriate, to reduce repeat offenses. In the study the researchers found that of the individuals who received proper treatment “men were 32% less likely and women were 41% less likely to have been convicted of a crime in the time period.” The study analyzed data from 25,000 attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) patients.

Critics of the study note that it was not randomized or controlled. There were also specific factors that the study did not consider such as how the medication was administered, whether the subjects consumed alcohol or what type of support they had from family members.

The researchers also noted that medication is just one option that ADHD sufferers should consider. There are also treatment options such as behavioral intervention and counseling. Lichtenstein suggests that all sufferers should contact a mental health specialist for more information about the proper treatment options.

Hiring a disability lawyer

If you have a condition that does not allow you to work you may qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits, but many ADHD suffers will find that they will have a difficult time proving that with proper medication that they cannot perform some type of employment, especially if they are under the age of 55 and do not have any other type of disabling health conditions . Talk to a disability lawyer if you have question.
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