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What is the long-term outlook for children who are not treated for ADHD?

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As they grow older, some teens who've had the disorder since childhood may have periods of anxiety or depression. When there are more demands at school or home, symptoms of ADHD may get worse.

A child with hyperactive behavior may get symptoms of other disruptive disorders, like oppositional-defiant disorder.

These children are especially at risk to be more likely to drop out of school. If you're concerned, talk to your or your child's doctor about your treatment options. Medications, behavioral therapy, and other tactics can help.

From: Symptoms of ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

CDC: "Symptoms of ADHD." 

American Psychiatric Association. 

Searight, H.R.   November 2000.  Am Fam Physician,

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , 5th Ed. (DSM-V). 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2017

SOURCES: 

CDC: "Symptoms of ADHD." 

American Psychiatric Association. 

Searight, H.R.   November 2000.  Am Fam Physician,

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , 5th Ed. (DSM-V). 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2017

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