What comorbidities are associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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ADHD can be comorbid with the following conditions:

When evaluating a patient with any of these disorders, special care should also be made to evaluate for ADHD thoroughly. ADHD, like bipolar disorder, is readily treatable.

ADHD is a heterogeneic disorder that carries significant comorbidity. Symptoms consistent with ADHD can present as other disorders, or these signs and symptoms could be a precursor in childhood to later disorders such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

The diagnosis of ADHD in young children results in the risk of depression and suicidal behavior adolescence. The depression and suicide attempt risk occur 5-13 years following the diagnosis. Being female, having been exposed to maternal depression, and having other symptoms leads to an even higher risk for depression and suicidal behavior. [61]

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