The Risks of Untreated ADHD

If you or your child was recently diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be wondering what treatment options are available to you. No matter which you determine is right for your individual needs, seeking treatment is critical for avoiding potential problems that may occur as time goes on. In this article, we will explore some of the risks of untreated ADHD and explain some of the ways not receiving treatment may further impact other aspects of life. 

People who suffer from untreated ADHD will often be impulsive or have a short attention span. These characteristics can make it harder for them to succeed at school, in relationships or the workplace. What may seem like a minor inconvenience at first can quickly compound into a much larger problem as the condition worsens and causes the affected person to face problems both at home, in school or at the workplace. If ADHD symptoms persist but a diagnosis hasn’t been obtained by a medical professional, seeking help is critical for the early detection and treatment of ADHD. 

Risks During Childhood

In many cases, ADHD is detected and diagnosed during early childhood. Most often, this condition is observed because the child is unable to concentrate during class and may forget everything they are taught. This will often lead to poor grades. Without treatment options in place, this problem may continue to occur and further set back the learning abilities of the child. However, this isn’t the only risk that has been observed during childhood. 

Childhood ADHD may also cause the child to struggle with their emotions and negatively impact their social abilities. This could manifest itself in a form as simple as the child not being able to share toys or react appropriately in certain situations. Untreated ADHD may also cause children to be more impulsive and lead to more injuries that lead to emergency room visits or minor accidents. For this reason, seeking treatment as soon as possible is critical for helping the child maintain a healthy and happy life. 

Risks as a Teen

For teens that weren’t diagnosed with ADHD early in childhood, they likely have fallen behind in school if treatment hasn’t been provided. Unfortunately, this will continue to be a trend with untreated ADHD as a teen and will make it hard for them to catch up or improve their grades. Even if they were able to obtain passing grades in elementary, they may struggle in high school where the workload becomes more pressing.  

As a teen, untreated ADHD can lead to more impulsive decisions that can cause the sufferer to take part in dangerous behaviors like drinking alcohol, smoking, making risky sexual choices or doing drugs. Studies have also shown that teenage girls with untreated ADHD are more at risk for eating disorders, low-self esteem or depression. The risk factors make finding suitable treatment options as soon as possible more important because the teen may make decisions that alter their life completely. 

Risks as an Adult

While certain symptoms of ADHD will decrease into adulthood, the disorder is often considered a lifetime problem and can continue to cause problems into old age. All adults with ADHD need to have proper treatment in place to avoid employment problems or relationship problems. This often happens because they are unable to satisfy the workload they are given or may be too emotional to maintain a healthy relationship.  

The previously mentioned risk factors for teens with untreated ADHD are still capable of impacting adults if the situation arises including drinking, smoking, risky sex or drug abuse that further impacts their ability to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. Ultimately, this will tend to lead to low-self esteem or depression. However, other risk factors also appear in adulthood like gambling problems or excessive trouble with the law. Some research suggests that if ADHD is treated properly, the risk of these actions being performed becomes much lower. 

How Can Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists Help?

Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists is here to help you better manage your adult ADHD. ADD/ADHD remains for life and can get worse the longer it’s left untreated. Consider Neurotherapy to give your child the tools to effectively manage their ADD/ADHD into adulthood. We invite you to read more about the Neurofeedback process or book your free ADHD treatment consultation to get started.

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