ADHD Living: The numbers behind untreated ADHD

In a post last week, I discussed relevant statistics related to the dangers of not treating ADHD, but a recent study extends these findings. A study conducted in Denmark surveyed the records involving individuals born between 1981 and 2011, following the records until 2013. The results are as follows:

  • Total individuals born in this time period: 1,920,000
  • Total individuals that died in this time period: 5,000
  • Total individuals that were diagnosed with ADHD: 32,000
  • Total ADHD individuals that died in this period: 107
  • General mortality rate: .26%
  • ADHD mortality rate: 0.33%

While those numbers do not seem extremely different, it should be noted that there’s roughly a 30% increase in your mortality rate if you have ADHD.

When discussing ADHD, we, as a society, typically only discuss hyperactivity and inattention, but the possibility of death due to impulsive and reckless behavior truly warrants discussion and action, as treatment can mitigate related symptoms.

More information on the study is available here

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