ADHD may be associated with traumatic brain injuries
California residents may find it interesting that a Canadian study on adults reportedly found a link between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and traumatic brain injuries. Ultimately, the study suggested that those who suffered traumatic brain injuries in the past may benefit from screenings for ADHD.
The data was conducted via a phone study of adults who lived in Ontario, Canada. Researches stated that, according to the data, the surveyed adults who had suffered a traumatic brain injury were more likely to have symptoms associated with ADHD. The lead author stated that the data was not surprising; many of the symptoms those who had suffered a brain injury were similar to symptoms experienced by those who were diagnosed with ADHD. The study found that 5.9 percent of the participants had been diagnosed with ADHD; an additional 6.6 percent were diagnosed during the study itself.
ADHD is a behavioral disorder that is often diagnosed during a person’s childhood. Those who exhibit symptoms often have difficulty paying attention and have impulsive behaviors. As of 2011, the CDC reported that 11 percent of children between the ages of four and 17 had been diagnosed with ADHD. This number reportedly continues to rise each year. The CDC also reported that, in 2010, approximately 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries had been suffered.
When a person suffers a brain injury, the consequences can be significant and long-lasting. Often, the person may experience symptoms of other conditions, such as ADHD. If the injury was the result of an accident that was caused by the negligence of another, an attorney may help the injured victim to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages for the losses that have been incurred.