Untreated AD/HD

What are the Potential Long-term Effects of AD/HD and its Impact on Society? If not diagnosed or inappropriately diagnosed, the risk is that people with AD/HD receive no treatment at all or inappropriate treatment. There is a plethora of evidence pointing to the likelihood that these individuals are at very high risk of increased difficulty in achieving success in life as well as developing a variety of psychiatric conditions, which make the likelihood of leading a balanced and healthy life less attainable. People with untreated AD/HD who have difficulty managing their lives represent an increased cost-burden for society and individuals as a result of accidents, insurance claims, prolongation and increased complexity of treatment, etc. In most cases there is a chain reaction in the effects of AD/HD on an individual with ensuing co-morbidities developing. Too often social exclusion results from an accumulation of the issues related to AD/HD. There are different outcomes possible in the adulthood of people affected by AD/HD. Some adults are able to manage their daily lives successfully. They are capable of realizing the full potential of their lives, often aided by typical AD/HD-characteristics becoming their strength (e.g. creative and artistic ability, entrepreneurial ideas, dynamism etc.). If diagnosed and treated appropriately, there is an optimistic perspective that their health and quality of life will be maintained. Many adults affected by AD/HD have to deal with problems on the social and psychological level, but they manage to cope, due to a lot of family support, community support and other resources depending on where they live within Europe. Other adults are confronted with profound social and psychiatric problems, not able to cope or to compensate for their impairment. This is the target group for whom the mental health issues are so important. Untreated or inappropriately-treated AD/HD causes significant loss and creates excessive burden and expense to the health, economic, social, educational, as well as to the criminal and justice systems. Although more health economic research needs to be done on the increased costs to society, it is known that early intervention - diagnosis, appropriate treatment and adequate support - can improve the individual’s prognosis and thus will likely have a downstream cost-saving impact for governments.
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ADHD Europe asks for better provisions for Teenagers with ADHD who continue to need access to mental health services after they turn 18.
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