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Study Links Hyperactivity to Risk of an Early Death ; Those with A.D.H.D. Died Prematurely at Twice Rate of Those without It

Newspaper article International New York Times

Study Links Hyperactivity to Risk of an Early Death ; Those with A.D.H.D. Died Prematurely at Twice Rate of Those without It

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Those with the disorder often had companion problems such as drug abuse or antisocial behavior that increased the odds of dying prematurely.

People with a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder are at higher risk of dying young, usually in automobile crashes and other accidents, than those without the disorder, suggests newly reported research from the largest study of A.D.H.D. and mortality to date.

The study, reported on Wednesday, is an analysis of nearly two million Danish medical records. It found that the odds that any individual with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder died young were still low, about three in 1,000. But those with the disorder often had companion problems -- drug abuse, for example, or antisocial behavior -- that increased those odds.

Previous research had provided reason to suspect a link between attention deficits and mortality. But the new paper gives a clearer picture of the risks, and the possible reasons behind them, experts said. The study was published in The Lancet.

Stephen Faraone, a professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., who was not involved in the research, said the findings should not panic parents of children with attention problems. …

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