ADHD Across the Lifespan

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ADHD Across the Lifespan

Parents of children with ADHD may worry about their child’s future. Early struggles in school and behavioral problems may create fears that the child will not be successful in school or may have a poor performance in college or employment. Currently, there is some debate about how frequently and severely childhood symptoms of ADHD carry into adulthood. For example, some children diagnosed with ADHD will continue to show significant symptoms as adults, while others may have found ways to work around these issues and become more functional. But how do parents or treatment providers identify which children will continue to struggle and which will be successful? A recent research study sought to answer this question by studying a group of 6- to 12-year-old boys who were diagnosed with ADHD and had behavior problems. The study then held follow-up interviews when the boys were 18, 25, and 41 to examine their functioning.

The study found that:

  • Boys with higher IQs had better overall functioning later in life
  • Boys with conduct problems in childhood had lower overall adult functioning, educational success, and employment success
  • Boys who had clear educational goals in adolescence tended to have better overall functioning in adulthood

These findings suggest that boys with average or lower IQs and those with conduct issues may need greater interventions in childhood. Additionally, goal-setting can help adolescents with ADHD have greater success in the future and may serve as another helpful intervention.

By |2019-02-03T00:41:14+00:00October 29th, 2018|

About the Author:

Dr. Stephanie M. Fox
Dr. Fox’s professional training took her throughout the Four Corners area, which inspired her practice name. In 2009, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude. She earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Denver in 2012, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology in 2016. Throughout her training, Dr. Fox has had an extensive assessment background, including conducting diagnostic, forensic, and educational/achievement evaluations with adolescents and adults. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, and completed her postdoctoral work in private practice in personality and psychoeducational evaluations. Collectively, Dr. Fox has completed hundreds of evaluations covering a diverse range of issues. Dr. Fox is licensed as a Psychologist in the state of Colorado (#4709), and is also nationally certified as a Health Service Psychologist by the National Register (#55849). She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Colorado Psychological Association, and Colorado Assessment Society.