Early ADHD diagnosis a risk factor for depression

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    Early ADHD diagnosis a risk factor for depression - Reuters

    Children who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at an early age are at greater risk of depression and suicide than other teens and parents need to take the condition seriously, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

    They said 18 percent of children in a study who were diagnosed with ADHD between ages 4 to 6 were depressed as adolescents - about 10 times higher than adolescents without ADHD.

    And about 5 percent of children with an early ADHD diagnosis thought about committing suicide at least once, and were twice as likely as other children to have tried it.

    "This is another pretty powerful demonstration that parents should not disregard ADHD in early childhood," said Benjamin Lahey of the University of Chicago, who worked on the study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.