Study suggests ADHD and brain trauma may be linked

Georgia patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury in the past may be interested to learn that there may be a link between brain injuries and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The study, which recorded responses from just under 4,000 Ontario residents, was recently published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

According to the study, researchers found that 5.9 percent of patients who had suffered a traumatic brain injury had been previously diagnosed with ADHD. A further 6.6 percent went on to obtain a positive self-diagnosis during their interview. Based on the data, researchers recommended that patients who suffer a traumatic brain injury be screened for ADHD.

The disorder is a behavioral one that can make it very difficult for individuals to pay attention. Some experts suggested that traumatic brain injuries can cause changes in the brain that lead to this disorder; others suggested that having ADHD could lead to falls or becoming involved in an accident. Regardless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that approximately 11 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed as of 2011 with ADHD; this number has risen since then.

A person who suffers a brain injury in an accident could potentially face serious consequences, including a negative impact on the ability to obtain gainful employment. The financial impact could be exacerbated by ongoing and expensive medical care and treatment. If the accident was caused by another person, the victim may want to speak with a personal injury attorney to discuss the best method of seeking compensation for the damages that have been and will be sustained.

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