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New Survey Results on AD/HD Suggest That Later-Life Diagnosis Leads to Lifetime of Challenges
Date:9/14/2009

nosed with AD/HD before high school.

"Published studies have previously documented that romantic relationships -- already complex -- are commonly made more difficult when one individual has AD/HD. These challenges are made yet again more difficult when that individual is not diagnosed early," added Paxson.

By contrast, an early diagnosis of AD/HD showed to have a positive impact on the quality of relationships between children and their parents. Of those with AD/HD who were diagnosed at age 14 or earlier, 83 percent (or 129 out of 155) agreed or strongly agreed that their relationship with their parents is a good one -- approximately 20 percentage points higher than those who were diagnosed after the age of 30.

Early Diagnosis Remains Key:

Nearly 40 percent (or 479 out of 1,321) of people with AD/HD who were diagnosed after the age of 15 indicated that early diagnosis is the single MOST important factor when treating AD/HD. Additionally, 31 percent of the respondents who reported having an immediate family member with AD/HD noted early diagnosis as the single most important factor when treating AD/HD. Early diagnosis was the number one choice among both sets of respondents.

Additional findings released today:

  • Of those diagnosed at age 14 or earlier, 29 percent reported being held back a grade in school compared to only 10 percent of those diagnosed after the age of 30.
  • Of those diagnosed at age 14 or earlier, 75 percent reported being satisfied or very satisfied with life in general, while 67 percent of those diagnosed after the age of 30 reported being satisfied or very satisfied with life in general.
  • 74 percent of those diagnosed after the age of 30 indicated self-education as the most popular treatment. In contrast, thos
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