ADHD linked to higher dementia risk

ADHD patients should be proactive and alert their physician to any cognitive changes in order to get an accurate diagnosis and pursue the best potential interventions. Photo: Pexels

(Don Rauf/ Everyday Health) — Adults who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face a likelihood of developing dementia that is almost three times higher than adults without ADHD, according to a large new observational study.

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The condition also affects an estimated 4.4 percent of adults in the United States, per Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

The dementia risk in this adult population might be lowered, however, by taking common ADHD medications, such as Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall, researchers noted.

“ADHD adults should inform their physician of their condition and be attentive to cognitive changes, which they should share with their physician,” says Dr. Beeri, a coauthor of the new study. “This proactive approach ensures a thorough assessment and intervention if necessary.” (…)