(LOS ANGELES) - A new study suggests that a majority of children who suffer from ADHD also suffer from another disorder that further affects their ability to function normally, reports WebMD.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that 70 percent of children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder suffer from another condition, with one in five suffering from more than three other disorders.
Secondary issues identified by the researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles were mental and physical problems like learning disorders, depression, anxiety, speech or hearing problems.
“ADHD is not an inconsequential condition,” said Mark L. Wolraich, pediatrican and director of the Child Study Center. “The outcomes clearly show that they’re going to do more poorly in school; they’re going to have more accidents; and they’re going to get into more legal trouble.”
According to the study, about four million children ages six to 17 suffer from ADHD and therefore are at greater risk of suffering from additional disorders.
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