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How can ADHD affect a child’s life?

Dr. Mark Casdorph discusses how ADHD can affect a child’s life. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How can ADHD affect a child’s life?

ADHD can have a profound effect on a child. And it'll set them on a life path that is not good. A child early on will learn that teachers are irritated with them, and if they struggle with grades, they develop a sense that they're not smart.

We see depression coming out of this. We see anxiety coming from this. Kids will underachieve. Also, they found if you have ADHD that is not treated, you're at a much higher risk for developing an addiction, substance abuse problem, marijuana, tobacco, alcohol. It's all there. Kids with untreated ADHD have a much higher risk of unwanted teenage pregnancies. And, there's a substantial risk for car accidents if you have untreated ADHD.

People with ADHD do not get the jobs they want. They learn pretty quickly that they might not be the most employable. So, definitely it's a life path that someone's on if they have ADHD that's not being treated.


ADHD can affect a child’s life in many ways. Unfortunately, many of those ways can be negative unless you work with your doctor to find the right care and treatment for your child.

Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians describe some of the ways ADHD can affect a child as follows:

  • Addiction and substance abuse are common among untreated ADHD patients
  • Depression and anxiety can become ongoing struggles
  • High risk of car accidents while driving, for older children 
  • Increased likelihood of teenage pregnancy
  • Teacher irritation at their lack of focus can make them think and feel they are not smart and lowering their self-esteem

The combination of these things can make day-to-day living difficult for someone with untreated ADHD. Finding the right treatment option is key.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how ADHD can affect a child’s life.

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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