Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry


What Could Happen When ADHD Goes Untreated?

If not diagnosed or properly treated, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is one of the most impairing disorders to grow up with.

In children, aside from their academic performance, ADHD can impact their social and emotional well-being. As they grow into adults without the proper treatment, ADHD can negatively affect their job performance, relationships, mental health and even their ability to drive.    

Signs of ADHD

Many people mistake the symptoms of ADHD as flaws in their personality.

Here’s what you need to know about the symptoms of ADHD.

Those who have ADHD can both be highly inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive. However, some patients may only have problems with inattentiveness but don’t suffer from hyperactivity or impulsiveness. This condition is called ADD or attention deficit disorder. Those with ADD are the ones who often don’t get treated because the symptoms are less noticeable.

The signs of inattentiveness include:

  • Inability to focus for longer period of time
  • Forgetfulness
  • Carelessness
  • Difficulty in organizing

Meanwhile, here are the usual signs of hyperactivity and impulsiveness:

  • Inability to sit still
  • Tendency to interrupt conversations
  • No sense of danger
  • Excessive talking or blabbering

The Risks of Untreated ADHD

Studies suggest that there is a number of potential problems that could arise when ADHD gets untreated. On top of relationship issues and performance in school or at work, here are some potential risks if ADHD is left untreated.

  • Binge eating is one of the potential risks of untreated ADHD. A study shows that children with ADHD are more high likely to have loss of control eating syndrome than other kids without ADHD.
  • Those people with untreated ADHD are also more prone to alcohol and substance abuse.
  • There are also studies linking ADHD to potential criminal activity. In fact, around 25 percent of the individuals behind bars in the United States are diagnosed with ADHD.
  • ADHD symptoms can also affect the ability of an individual to drive automobiles.

CNS Center of Arizona

Here at the Central Nervous System Center, P.L.L.C. (CNS Center of Arizona) ,  we seek to promote patient-centered, comprehensive clinical care. We believe that early diagnosis and treatment will certainly help to avoid the risks mentioned above.

Book an appointment with us today. Call us at (480) 367-1500. You’re also free to come and visit our clinic which is open from  Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM.




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